first_imgKolkata: The World Archery on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month. The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25. “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India,” World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe AAI had to find a solution by the end of July as per the deadline that was given by WA’s executive board and since no progress has been made, the world governing body implemented the suspension order. “If no solution is found by the end of this month, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships,” Dielen said in the statement. See P14last_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked his countrymen not to live in a “fool’s paradise” as he highlighted that it will not be easy for Islamabad to get the support of the UN Security Council as well as from the Muslim world against India’s decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing the media in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Monday, Qureshi asked Pakistanis to “wage a new struggle” to get the support of the UNSC members. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “You (people) should not in live fool’s paradise. Nobody will be standing there (in the UNSC) with garlands in hands…Nobody will be there waiting for you,” he said. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Without naming any Muslim country, Qureshi also said the “guardians of Ummah (Islamic community)” might also not back Pakistan on the Kashmir issue due to their economic interest. “Different people in the world have their own interests. India is a market of (over) billion people…A lot of people have invested there (India). We often talks about Ummah and Islam but the guardians of Ummah have also made investments there (India) and they have their own interests,” he said. Qureshi’s statement came two days after Russia becomes the first UNSC member to back India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution. “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a response to questions on Friday last. The US has also maintained a neutral stand on the issue, saying that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir as it called on India and Pakistan to maintain restraint and hold direct dialogue to resolve their differences. China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan, has objected to the formation of Ladakh as Union Territory by India. However, at the same time, Beijing has told Qureshi that it regarded both India and Pakistan as “friendly neighbours” and wants them to resolve the Kashmir issue through UN resolutions and the Simla agreement. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing on Friday last week to seek Islamabad’s support on Kashmir.last_img read more

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona made a nightmare start to the defence of their La Liga title by losing Luis Suarez to injury and then losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao, after a sensational late volley from substitute Aritz Aduriz. Suarez hobbled off in the 37th minute with what looked like a calf injury before Aduriz came on in the 88th, the 38-year-old striker who has announced he will retire at the end of the season. This was a spectacular start to the finale as Aduriz threw himself into the air and acrobatically volleyed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to send San Mames wild on La Liga’s opening night on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “The competition has put us in our place,” said Gerard Pique afterwards. “We were not us.” Barca were already without Lionel Messi, who sustained a calf injury during pre-season, and before kick-off confirmed they were about to lose Philippe Coutinho, a loan deal “agreed in principle” with Bayern Munich, according to the club’s director Guillermo Amor. Suarez will undergo tests on Tuesday to diagnose the length of his absence but Messi’s return, and perhaps negotiations for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, might assume added urgency during his absence. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Antoine Griezmann will be expected to step up too but after joining from Atletico Madrid in July, he endured an underwhelming debut. Coutinho is evidence of the need for time to adjust. Bilbao, who finished eighth last season, held Barca to a goalless draw in February and they were good value for another point until Aduriz intervened. He has scored more than 200 goals in his 20-year career but perhaps none as memorable as this one. La Liga’s first of the season may even prove to be its best. – ‘Beautiful football’ – ======================== “Sometimes football can be so beautiful,” said Aduriz afterwards. “It will be impossible not to miss this but everything has a beginning and an end. I am incredibly grateful to be able to choose this ending.” For Barca, there was at least the consolation of an excellent performance from Frenkie de Jong, also making his debut in place of Sergio Busquets. De Jong fully justified his place with a serene display, seamlessly linking midfield to attack and dictating tempo with a maturity well beyond his 22 years. By contrast, Griezmann never really settled after a nervous start, allowing a simple pass to slip under his foot before hacking late at the shin of Unai Lopez. Inaki Williams, meanwhile, fresh from signing a nine-year contract last week, started fast, as he saw a rasping shot pushed wide and then skipped in behind Nelson Semedo but was again denied by Ter Stegen. De Jong was tidy and composed but Barca were less controlled and their rhythm knocked further by Suarez departing shortly before half-time. He had been testing his calf moments before, just as a poor header back landed perfectly in his path. Suarez shot first time but struck the post. Raul Garcia failed to beat Ter Stegen from 10 yards while Rafinha, on for Suarez, went close, his curling effort brilliantly tipped onto the join between the post and crossbar by Unai Simon. Ernesto Valverde put Ivan Rakitic on for Carles Alena at half-time and Rafinha again hit the post, this time freed by a cute reverse pass from Ousmane Dembele. Bilbao seemed to tire and Barca turned the screw. Rakitic fired over as three Bilbao defenders leapt in front of him but their opponents survived. Carles Perez, the 21-year-old forward, came on for only his second league appearance but it was Bilbao’s substitute that proved decisive. A quick one-two down the right produced a looping cross into the box, where Aduriz did the rest.last_img read more

first_imgCoimbatore: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted searches across multiple locations here in connection with a recent terror alert issued to Tamil Nadu. According to police, the NIA searches were conducted at the residences of five people in the city to ascertain if they had any links with Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists who had earlier infiltrated into the state. Some of the people, at whose houses the NIA conducted searches on Thursday, had earlier been raided by the agency as part of its probe into the Tamil Nadu ISIS module, police added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier, the state went on a high alert on August 23 following intelligence inputs that members of the LeT had infiltrated into the state. The reports had then suggested six members of the terror outfit had infiltrated by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities, including Coimbatore. Security was subsequently heightened across the state, but the vigil has been eased gradually since Monday.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson has questioned the selectors for what he believes is a bias against players coming from small states. Jackson, who has played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, appealed to the selectors in a series of tweets for more transparency in the selection process. “Saurashtra has played the Ranji Trophy final this year, and surprisingly still no player, even after performing at all platforms, get picked for the A series. So is the importance of playing the Ranji Trophy finals zero (sic.),” he said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Or is that small state sides aren’t taken seriously coz in the last 5 years @saucricket has played 3 finals under sitanshu kotaks coaching, (we have some very good performers since recent years with the bat and ball) but did not get the deserved credit (sic). “I am told not to question, but i strongly believe that we represent this beautiful organisation and association and we as players surely deserve to know why, and where we lack, or else our carriers are just going to end wondering why selectors should be transparent (sic),” he said. Despite an average of nearly 50 in first class cricket, wicketkeeper-batsman Jackson has never played international cricket. He later tweeted a screenshot of Ranji Trophy satistics, highlighting the numbers of Saurashtra players.last_img read more

first_imgStanding in front of her kuchcha house in Champanagar village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, 15-year-old Sulekha Oraon speaks impassively about her mother’s death. Jhibal Tirkey, 40, died on August 26, having given birth at home to her eighth child just a couple of days earlier. Sulekha says they didn’t have money to take her to a hospital, and villagers put together money for her cremation. It’s what happened to the eighth child that has now brought the tribal family’s story to government attention. The infant girl was handed over by Tirkey to a family allegedly for Rs 10,000, as she needed the money for her treatment and for her ailing husband’s. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After the news broke on Saturday, the baby was taken into its care by the Gumla Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Police haven’t identified the couple who took her. Meanwhile, the Rs 10,000 is almost all gone, spent on treatment, to pay off some old debt, and for the rituals following Tirkey’s death, claimed family members and neighbors. Some also feigned ignorance of where the money was used. Tirkey had been working till the morning of her delivery at a local grocery store, where she did odd jobs as a helper. Sulekha, who studies in Class 10, says they don’t have a ration card, and lived hand to mouth. Tirkey’s husband Charva Oraon, a rickshaw puller, has been bedridden for the past few months due to a stomach ailment, and the Rs 200 she made daily was the family’s only source of income. Since Tirkey’s death, Charva has been in hospital. (Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

first_imgPutting together an exhibit of mementoes from Justin Bieber’s formative years has become a scavenger hunt of sorts for museum staff in his hometown of Stratford, Ont.Over the past few weeks, the Stratford Perth Museum’s general manager John Kastner has been sniffing for clues on the whereabouts of a professional drum kit the pop superstar owned as a youngster. It seemed like the perfect centrepiece for “Steps to Stardom,” a Bieber showcase opening at the museum on Feb. 18.“Somebody said, ‘I have those drums.’ So, we reached out to that person — well, they weren’t the right drum set,” Kastner said.So he started working the phones and sent around a famous photo that ran in the local paper of a pre-teen Beebs banging on the drums his parents bought with money from a small fundraiser.The drums seemed lost forever until Kastner heard from someone in Barrie, Ont., who was storing them. They’re now slated to be part of the Bieber exhibit.It’s just one example of how the museum’s organizers have chased leads and waded through boxes hoping to collect a fulsome showcase of the pop superstar’s vibrant career. “Steps to Stardom” — named in reference to the young singer’s busking shows on the steps outside the local Avon Theatre — focuses on the upside to Bieber’s success and ignores his troubled days with the law.Fans will find an array of goodies like Bieber’s Grammy Award, microphones he’s used, his Stratford Warriors hockey jacket, and personal letters, including one from Michelle Obama. Kastner estimates the room, which is the second-largest gallery, is roughly 1,000 square feet.The exhibit was put together in co-operation with Bieber’s grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, who gave curators access to piles of boxes storing items from the performer’s childhood and career.Kastner said he had considered assembling a Bieber exhibit for a while. The idea came about when a conversation with John Till — a renowned Stratford-born studio musician who’s worked with the likes of Janis Joplin and Ronnie Hawkins — began talking about his own memorabilia.Till had brought the museum a few artifacts of his past, but told Kastner he was frustrated that a photo signed by the likes of Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Jimi Hendrix was lost to time.“I started to think about Justin Bieber and people like that,” Kastner said. “We can keep things for safe-keeping (here).”But serious plans didn’t begin to take shape until last summer when Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, the heritage critic for his party, visited the museum with his family and noted there wasn’t acknowledgment of Bieber’s impact on the city.He wasn’t the only person who asked about the superstar’s absence, Kastner said, but this time it was different.“This was a (former) cabinet minister,” he said. “That sort of stuck with me.”About six months ago, Kastner rung up Bieber’s grandparents who thought the idea was great. A few calls to the singer’s representatives and the museum had the greenlight.Kastner discovered Bieber’s grandparents held a veritable chamber of treasures from his past. They store nearly all of his award trophies in Stratford and have accumulated piles of hockey jerseys given to the singer by famous sports players and stadiums around the world, Kastner said.Before they knew it, the Bieber collection was bursting with potential objects — about 125 of them — that needed to be narrowed down to a manageable selection. Organizers plan to put between 50 and 75 pieces on display and will refresh the exhibit with new items as time passes.“For one concert tour he got a different pair of running shoes for every venue,” Kastner said.“So there’s a pair of running shoes for Melbourne, Australia and another pair of running shoes for Wembley Stadium.”Fans have already started calling about reserved tickets (there aren’t plans for any), though visitors who show up the first day will receive a limited-edition replica of Bieber’s backstage passes, Kastner said.Considering that Bieber’s childhood stomping grounds have been a highlight for many tourists to the small city for years, the museum expects a considerable turnout.In 2010, Stratford’s tourism board unveiled a downloadable “Bieber-iffic Map” highlighting 24 locations linked to the singer. It has proven so popular that printed copies will soon be available at the board’s office.Organizers hope “Steps to Stardom” will have a similar appeal to Bieber’s loyal fan base, but also draw more casual music fans.Kastner acknowledges some visitors will probably scoff at a pop star’s history being on display alongside more traditional artifacts, which include a history of the local fire department and a tribute to Stratford as a railway hub.Even if not everyone is ready to catch Bieber fever, he hopes they’ll understand why the museum thinks this exhibit makes sense.“You (must) tell this story if we’re going to be relevant and we’re going to be modern,” Kastner said.“I think it’s a job for museums to tell stories and this is a great story.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Health authorities say up to 70 people may have died in Quebec as a result of heat-related complications since the beginning of an early July heat wave that saw temperatures climb to more than 40 C with the humidex.Temperatures have since cooled off across the province and a spokesperson with Quebec’s Public Health Department says Monday it would no longer be giving updates on heat-related deaths because “the situation is back to normal.”Most of the deaths occurred in Montreal, with 34 cases reported to authorities.The city’s morgue became so overcrowded during the heat wave that it partnered with a funeral home, where it sent bodies for storage.Montreal’s public health office says the majority of people who died in the city during the heat wave were over 60 and suffered from chronic illnesses.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says no patients died in government-run health-care centres.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Doctor Melissa Genereux, head of public health in Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, thought she had persuaded local officials not to introduce a strict cannabis bylaw in the area’s largest city, Sherbrooke.She sat on the city council’s cannabis committee — which included the mayor and chief of police — where she said they discussed approaches to legalization rooted in science, including allowing adults to smoke pot in designated public areas.But last month, Sherbrooke council ignored the committee’s recommendations and unanimously voted to ban all public consumption of cannabis — joining a wave of Quebec cities that have adopted a hard line on marijuana.With a legal drinking age of 18 and extended bar hours, Quebec has long been known for its permissiveness toward the other legal intoxicant, alcohol. But when cannabis becomes legal across Canada next Wednesday, pot smokers in the province will wake up to a legal framework that is one of the strictest in the country — and is set to get even tougher.A few cities, including Montreal and Gatineau, have chosen a more lenient route. But many others have rejected the advice of public health experts, who say fear and myths about cannabis are driving public policy. By restricting people to smoking indoors, municipalities are just increasing the risks associated with second-hand smoke, Genereux said.She said in an interview she was surprised by Sherbrooke’s decision. “What is fundamental, is that we make decisions based on data and scientific evidence, as opposed to perceptions, or the positions of citizens who express themselves the loudest.”When the federal government adopted legislation to legalize cannabis last June, it left it to provinces to create their own regimes controlling how marijuana would be produced and distributed on their territory.Provinces such as Alberta and Ontario decided to allow private sales of cannabis — although under strict provincial supervision. Quebec opted for state-run stores.The federal law permits Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants per residence; Quebec’s law bans all private cultivation.The provincial law does allow citizens to smoke marijuana in most places that smoking tobacco is legal. But individual cities were free to draft bylaws if they wanted to add further restrictions, and many jumped at the opportunity.Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Levis, Saguenay, Magog, St-Jerome, Victoriaville and dozens of others have either prohibited all consumption of cannabis in public or signalled their intention to pass bylaws to that effect.Montreal, however, announced Wednesday it would not add additional barriers to consuming cannabis.Mayor Valerie Plante said most Montrealers are renters, and if their landlords ban cannabis in their units, there won’t be anywhere that citizens can consume what will be a legal product.Montreal, however, may be forced to further restrict cannabis consumption if premier-designate Francois Legault follows through on his election promises.Aside from raising the legal age for consuming cannabis to 21 from 18, Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec has promised to prohibit all public pot smoking in Quebec.Doctor Isabelle Samson, president of the association of medical specialists for preventive medicine, has come out strongly against Quebec’s strict cannabis bylaws.“I don’t think it’s based on science,” she said of the public smoking bans.“I think there are a lot of people who are scared that cannabis will create public disorder, but behind that claim I see a misunderstanding of what cannabis is.”Politicians feel their conservative approach is what citizens wants.Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier said his council’s decision to ban all cannabis consumption in public was unanimous.“I think we have everything to win by doing it this way and then readjusting,” he said in an interview. “I think Ms. Genereux does an excellent job here in Sherbrooke, but we decided to be more rigid.”With cannabis legalization on the horizon last March, the town of Hampstead on the island of Montreal decided to ban smoking of any kind, anywhere on its territory, except for private property.“I must tell you there has been nothing I’ve done in 13 years as mayor that has been more popular than this particular bylaw,” Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg said in an interview.He said councillors “didn’t even consult residents” before passing the bylaw.“The whole council felt they didn’t want people walking around smoking cannabis, anywhere in public,” he said, noting the smoke smells like skunk. “Who wants to smell that?”Universite du Quebec a Montreal professor Jacob Amnon Suissa, an addiction expert, said Quebecers seem to have more fears about cannabis than other Canadians.He suggested the concern may stem from the province’s general approach to drug use, which focuses on prevention and rehabilitation.Legalizing marijuana risks “trivializing” the use of the substance, he said, undermining authorities’ messages to avoid consumption. Suissa said this trivialization would be seen as particularly troubling as it applies to young Quebecers.Legalizing cannabis fundamentally changes the way police and health care authorities interact with what is essentially a drug, he said.“The problem isn’t the substance itself,” Suissa said. “But the relationship we have with it.”last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Winnipeg business is apologizing after a humorous attempt to discourage parents from dropping off their children on its property to attend a nearby elementary school backfired.The sign posted outside Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services initially contained the words “This is not a drop-off zone” written inside the shape of a stop sign with a separate phrase below that read: “Children left here will be eaten.”A parent and the Louis Riel School Division complained about the language, which prompted the company to cover the word children on Wednesday and the entire phrase soon after.Business owner Jean-Pierre Parenty says the sign was put up after years of asking parents not to use his private lot as a drop-off zone because of numerous near accidents.Parenty says he has since ordered a new sign to be a good neighbour.He and officials from the school division are to meet today to find a solution to the unloading issue.“It’s about trespassing on my property, and number 2 and most importantly it’s about the safety of the kids,” said Parenty. “We see that kids are being endangered by this practice.”Christian Michalik, the school division’s acting superintendent, said he feels Parenty sent the wrong message.“In an ideal world, this sign would not be up … we really want to engage with the owner on finding solutions,” he said. (CJOB, CTV Winnipeg)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgGrieving families sobbed Monday as they heard how a semi-truck driver barrelled through an oversized stop sign with a flashing red light and failed to avoid a high-speed crash with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.An agreed statement of facts about the collision that killed 16 people on the bus and injured 13 more was entered in a Saskatchewan court as part of a heart-wrenching first day of a sentencing hearing for the truck driver. Roughly half of 75 victim impact statements to be submitted by friends and family members were read out.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, of Calgary, sat next to his defence lawyers as court heard he was going between 86 and 96 km/h with a load of peat moss when he drove into a rural intersection north of Tisdale last April.The sun wasn’t in his eyes. He wasn’t distracted by a cellphone. And he hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs. Weather and road conditions were also good, said Crown prosecutor Thomas Healey.He left no brake marks.“The driver of the semi-tractor unit failed to recognize that his vehicle was approaching an intersection and did not stop as required,” Healey said. “The actions of Mr. Sidhu while operating the semi-tractor unit caused the collision.”Humboldt Broncos Crash Stat… by on ScribdThe driver of the Broncos bus, Glen Doerksen, 59, from Carrot River, Sask., hit the brakes and the bus skidded for about 24 metres, Healy added. It T-boned the truck at an impact of between 96 and 107 km/h.The posted speed limit on both roads was 100 km/h.Healey said there was no way Doerksen could have avoided the collision. The transport truck was fully in the intersection across all lanes of traffic. “The driver of the bus recognized the hazard as quickly as possible.”Sidhu pleaded guilty earlier this month to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He was not injured in the crash.Five days have been set aside for the sentencing hearing in a makeshift courtroom in Melfort, Sask. An event centre gymnasium is being used to accommodate about 100 family members, survivors and media.Doerksen was among those who died. His daughter, Melissa, told court that his eyes lit up when he got the chance to drive around hockey teams. He loved to watch their games and share stories.His death meant he wasn’t there for his son’s wedding in the summer and he missed playing Santa at Christmas.“We’re working towards finding understanding and forgiveness because that’s what my dad would have wanted,” she said.Sidhu occasionally wiped his eyes with a handkerchief, but has so far said nothing to the court or in public. Seven people sat in a row behind him reserved for his family and supporters.Marilyn Cross, whose 27-year-old son Mark – an assistant coach with the Broncos – was killed, told Sidhu that she admired his courage in pleading guilty and wished him well sorting out his future. “Make the world a better place, just like our son Mark did.”Bernadine Boulet of Lethbridge, Alta., cried as she said the death of her 21-year-old son, Logan, has left a constant ache in her chest.“I am constantly surrounded by reminders of Logan. Many of them make me smile and remember my amazing, teasing, kind son,” she said. “But often it’s the little things that are the most difficult and my chest aches, my throat constricts and tears fill my eyes.”Bernadine Boulet Victim Imp… by on ScribdBoulet noted her son wanted to become a teacher, like both his parents. Now she won’t get to help him set up his first classroom or watch him get married or play with his own children.“This crash has cheated us out of many things in our future. It has cheated Logan out of his future,” she said.Boulet said she’d give anything to have her son come through the front door, flop on the couch and leave a dirty egg pan in the kitchen.“I struggle with the fact Logan will not be coming home again.”Toby Boulet said he’s trying to find peace in the consuming grief over his son. He also said he doesn’t think the truck driver is an evil person.“I need to tell Mr. Sidhu that I do not believe that you got out of bed on the morning of April 6 to cause a crash, that he would ultimately kill our only son Logan,” he said.Toby Boulet Victim Impact S… by on Scribd“I believe he feels tremendous remorse with all of the fiber of his being … I believe Mr. Sidhu wishes he could start April 6 all over again. I want the same. We all want the same.“But, Mr. Sidhu, I know that this cannot happen and our Logan is not coming home.”Robin Lukan told Sidhu that her 21-year-old son Conner was a handsome young man who lived for hockey. She last hugged and kissed him goodbye after watching him play in a game two days before the crash.“He was 23 months old when his dad built him and his brother a skating rink outside,” said Lukan from Slave Lake, Alta. “I remember having the hardest time trying to find skates that small.”Robin Lukan victim impact s… by on Scribd“I have no forgiveness,” she said, addressing Sidhu directly. “I want you to know you have forever destroyed the beautiful family I worked my entire life to create.”Lorne Lukan victim impact s… by on ScribdLukan said her son will never be forgotten, but “no consequence, no sentence, no apology, no admission of guilt will ever be enough to fill the void that has been left.”Tom Straschnitzki, whose 19-year-old son Ryan was paralyzed in the crash, also had harsh words for Sidhu.“All you had to do was stop,” he wrote in his victim impact statement that was read into court for him.Ryan Straschnitzki victim i… by on Scribd“Why? Why didn’t you stop? You didn’t even slow down.”CityNews reporter Courtney Theriault is covering the hearing. Read the updates below:LiveInfoLast to firstLast Update: 02/01/2019 8:04 AMLiveInfoFeb 18:04 AMAn IRL look at what Sidhu would have likely seen heading towards the intersection. #humboldtbroncos— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 1, 201900SHAREFeb 15:16 AMHealey reiterates that there is no precedence for this type of case. Says that the court must weigh severity of crime with mitigating factors such as remorse and guilty plea.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 15:14 AMCrown prosecutor Tom Healey saying it has been an emotional, difficult week. Thanks those who presented victim impact statements. Adds that Sidhu’s crime impacted so many.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:58 AMCrown and Defence will speak to media at 3 o’clock SK time— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201920SHAREFeb 13:52 AMCrown and defence shake hands after sentencing adjourned until March 22nd, when it’s expected Sidhu will learn how long he will be behind bars.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201903SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu was hunched over the table, speaking towards families as he delivered his statement. Slow, emotional delivery.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMJudge Cardinal says this is a matter that will take some time. Looking at March 22nd.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu says he saw it was a bus. He takes responsibility for what has happened due to his lack of experience. He’s “so, so, so, so, so sorry.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says he got out of the truck, heard crying and then knew what had happened.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says “I have taken the most valuable thing in your life”, talking to the families.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201910SHAREFeb 13:46 AMSidhu speaks: “ I can’t even imagine what you are going through.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:44 AMDefence seemed to suggest somewhere in the 1.5 to 4.5 year range. Crown rebuts, saying 10 years is fair, as a deterrent and denunciation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:42 AMTo recap: Crown calls for 10 year sentence and 10 year driving prohibition for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.The defence makes NO official recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201902SHAREFeb 13:41 AMSidhu’s lawyer says any sentence over six months would jeopardize Sidhu’s ability to stay on Canada, but offers NO direct sentencing recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:38 AMSays this is indicative of many messages that Sidhu and his lawyer have received from Canadians.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201921SHAREFeb 13:36 AMDefence now reading a hand drawn card from a grade 3 student sent to Sidhu- “I feel bad for you… it’s not your fault, everyone makes mistakes.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:10 AMDefence says on the matter of culpability, Sidhu is less culpable than this other case. But- how much do consequences impact Sidhu’s sentence?— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201912SHAREFeb 13:08 AMDefence says that sentences for driving causing death are often below what the public believes them to be. Citing another dangerous driving case with several aggravating factors (alleged impaired, no guilty plea, etc) was given 40 months.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:04 AMAt this point, the defence seems to suggest 2 years less a day is the starting point for sentencing, the question becomes how much of a factor should the consequences (deaths and injuries) be in adjusting that figure.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:00 AMDefence refers back to a case cited by Crown, where professional semi driver with clean record missed road cues and killed 3 people. Sentence was 2 years less a day with 5 year driving prohibition— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREShow More PostsAdd to your site A safety review done for the Saskatchewan government was released in December. It said sight lines at the intersection are a safety concern and recommended removing a stand of trees obstructing the view of drivers approaching from the south and east – the same directions the bus and semi-trailer were coming from when they collided.The owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu also faces eight counts related to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations in the months before the crash.The Saskatchewan government has introduced mandatory training for semi-truck drivers which is to begin in March.More victim impact statements can be read below:Glen Doerksen victim impact… by on Scribd Related stories:How life for the Broncos has changed: a look back as Monday sentencing hearing approachesTruck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guiltylast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A group with roots in the oil and gas industry is encouraging women to talk about politics this fall, even if they hold widely different views.The non-profit organization, called Canada Powered by Women, registered as a third-party advertiser with Elections Canada last month,and has received $32,500 in contributions from several Calgary-based people and businesses so far. That includes $25,000 from Susan Riddell Rose, the CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc., a natural-gas company.Lucy Miller, a former head of the United Way of Calgary, said the idea for the group began when some women got together over the summer and started talking about the Oct. 21 election.“They came together because they were concerned about what’s been happening in the country over the last four years,” said Miller, the spokeswoman for the group, who noted the carbon tax brought in by the Liberal government Justin Trudeau was one of the shared concerns.“We had our own personal things that we were looking at, but then we started to say, ‘I wonder how the rest of Canada is feeling? What are other women thinking?’ ” she said. “Maybe this conversation should be bigger.”The organization is launching its campaign in Calgary next week, encouraging women to take part in an online conversation by following the hashtag #canadapoweredbywomen, promoted by a similarly named Instagram profile.That account, which had about 2,100 followers as of Tuesday evening, has already begun posting things like tips for how to consume political news, a question asking women to share what their ideal lives would look like in four years, and images of both Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with their families on the first day of school.The group will also be releasing a report it commissioned from Leger Research, which suggests women are lagging behind men when it comes to how confident they feel talking about important issues in social settings, or trusting their own judgment when it comes to casting their votes.Miller, who sits on the board of directors at Tourmaline Oil Corp., made it clear that the environment — and the ways in which she disagrees with how the Liberal government has been handling the file — is an issue that is important to those who started the group.She said she does not think it was a good idea to ban oil-tanker traffic on the northern B.C. coast, wants to see Trudeau do more to push the construction of pipelines and would like to see Canadian oil and gas promoted as a comparatively clean source of energy around the world.Canadian voters are thinking about climate change and the environment more than ever before, according to most public opinion polls, with scientific findings and personal experiences with extreme weather-related events bringing the issue to the fore.Still, Elections Canada warned some environmental advocacy groups this summer that any paid communications about the truth of climate change could be considered a partisan issue once the election is called, because Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is promoting a platform that denies climate change is caused by human activity.The Canada Elections Act restricts third-party advertising during campaigns, affecting any ads about issues that any political party brings up once the election is called.The rules do not prevent third parties from talking about the issues, but if they spend more than $500 on an ad then they have to register as a third-party advertiser trying to influence how people vote.Miller said the women behind the registered third-party group did not create it to push their own agenda.“Everybody has their own issues, and we want them to share their issues, so we don’t want it to be all about us,” she said.“Mostly, we want women to be involved,” she said. “We want them to feel they have a safe platform to discuss things that are important to them, without being judged.”—Follow @smithjoanna on TwitterJoanna Smith, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme celebrated 50 years at the frontline of development and its leading role in realising the Global Goals by 2030 this week with a star-studded gala featuring a musical performance from Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir.Michelle Yeoh, Connie Britton, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Padma Lakshmi and UNDP Administrator Helen ClarkCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for UNDPHe joined three of UNDP’s current Goodwill Ambassadors – His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and actors Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh – in a star-studded Gala hosted by Emmy-nominated executive producer and host of Top Chef, and New York Times best-selling author Padma Lakshmi at Phillips, a partner of the event, in Manhattan.“Tonight’s gala is a celebration of UNDP’s 50th Anniversary,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. “Our people work tirelessly every day in some 170 developing countries and territories around the world. We work to eradicate poverty, empower women, help countries recover from disasters and conflicts, and protect the environment.”“It’s an honor to have had such influential advocates and partners come together, including a legendary musician, to help shine a spotlight on the important work UNDP does around the world to protect our planet and its people. We hope this event will showcase how we can be the first generation to end poverty and stop climate change.”The event’s honored guests included Tribal Planet CEO Jeff Martin; as well as the organization’s corporate partners Deutsche Post DHL and Baidu. The honorees received the UNDP People and Planet Award in recognition of their accomplishments.Among those serving on the host committee were Edward Dolman, chairman and CEO of Phillips (committee chair); Sir Harold Evans, editor-at-large, Thomson Reuters; Kate Garvey, co-founder of Project Everyone; Jean Todt, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety; Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation; and Hollywood actor Jack Black.Bob Weir is one of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead, which received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Since establishing the band in 1965, Weir has become one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. This year Weir released Blue Mountain — his first solo album in more than ten years and his first of entirely original material in thirty years. This past summer, Weir performed with Dead & Company, featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with GRAMMY-winner John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. This fall he embarked on the widely successful Campfire Tour playing songs in support of his new album.last_img read more

first_imgGoDaddy Inc., the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, has signed Ayesha Curry, one of the most successful food entrepreneurs in the world.GoDaddy and Ayesha Curry Join Forces to Empower EntrepreneursTogether, GoDaddy and Ayesha will work together to inspire entrepreneurs, makers and independent do-ers to turn their ideas into reality online.“I’m an entrepreneur myself and know how hard it can be to turn your passion into a business. My strategy has always been to stay true to myself and my vision by building an intimate connection with my community, and GoDaddy understands the importance of community by making it easy to get any idea online and discovered,” Ayesha said. “GoDaddy is all about helping people advance their dreams, build businesses and make their big ideas real. Together we can reach millions of people around the world who are looking to convert their passions into reality.”Ayesha built a successful brand born out of her love of family, faith and food. She started with a small food blog and YouTube channel a few years ago, and has now built an online community of more than 7 million followers. She’s the host of cooking shows on Food Network and ABC, has her own line of cookware sold at retailers nationwide, with kitchen textiles and bedding hitting later this year, a New York Times bestselling cookbook, and International Smoke, her successful restaurant which will have its fifth location by early next year. Like many entrepreneurs, Ayesha balances growing her businesses with raising her young family.“Ayesha’s passion and conviction are the foundation for her success,” said Cameron Scott, GoDaddy Chief Brand Officer. “She has lived the ups and downs of starting a new business from scratch, and knows the jubilation of taking an idea from concept to reality. She’s a stellar advocate for makers and do-ers looking for help to build their own brand, establish an engaged community and connect with potential customers.”Ayesha and GoDaddy are gearing up to launch her next big food-related venture in early 2019, and as part of the partnership she’ll star in a new GoDaddy advertising campaign advocating for entrepreneurs looking to expand their brand identity without spending big bucks. This partnership marks a new marketing strategy for GoDaddy as Ayesha joins Danica Patrick, a longtime GoDaddy spokesperson. Shortly after Ayesha announced the news on Instagram, Danica welcomed her to the GoDaddy family: “Welcome to @GoDaddy @Ayeshacurry – can’t wait to ‘cook up’ some advice with you for our fellow entrepreneurs. And we should definitely finish that bottle one of these days. Cheers!”“We’re excited for Ayesha to join Danica as part of the GoDaddy tribe and we’re thrilled to partner with both women to showcase the various ways that entrepreneurs can make their dreams come to life online,” added Scott at GoDaddy.To see what Ayesha has cooking, please visit read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Sandra Martin has won the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Advertisement Login/Register With: The other 2017 finalists were: Taras Grescoe for “Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue on the Eve of the Second World War,” Robert Moor for “On Trails: An Exploration” and Alexandra Shimo for “Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jury members Hal Wake, John Burns and Jan Walter read 141 books submitted by 46 publishers from across Canada. In its citation, the jury said Martin’s book “will make an enormous contribution” to the public debate surrounding assisted death. The award-winning journalist and broadcaster received the 2017 prize for “A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices” at a ceremony in Vancouver on Thursday. Now in its 13th year, the award is presented annually by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, which celebrates excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2017 – Canadian broadcast and production partner Corus Entertainment, with Entertainment One (eOne) and Cameron Pictures Inc., are pleased to announce that production has begun on the second cycle of Global’s critically-acclaimed drama Mary Kills People. Following a hugely successful first season with praise from critics both in Canada and south of the border, the six-part, one-hour event series will film in and around Toronto into the fall, with the premiere set for winter 2018 on Global.The series’ multi-talented powerhouse team behind the scenes returns, including creator and executive producer Tara Armstrong, executive producers Tassie Cameron and Amy Cameron, along with newly added directors Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey, and David Wellington with Holly Dale as co-executive producer. Also returning to Season 2 is Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Mary Harris, along with Richard Short as Mary’s sidekick Dr. Desmond “Des” Bennett, and Jay Ryan as Ben Wesley, the undercover cop who was investigating Mary last season. New this season are Canadians Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome, Twilight) cast as Olivia Bloom – a mysterious woman with ties to Mary’s past, and Ian Lake (Bitten, Rookie Blue) cast as Travis Bloom, Olivia’s husband.“We are thrilled to partner with eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc. once again to deliver viewers a dynamic second season of this critically-acclaimed, character-driven series,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “Building on the success of the first season, the addition of new cast members and the talented and diverse production team behind the camera, Season 2 seeks to push the boundaries even further. We can’t wait to deliver audiences with emotional and accelerated plot twists and storylines.” Login/Register With: Advertisement “We are so proud of the first season of this remarkable series. Working with our great partners at Global and Cameron Pictures Inc. we can’t wait to start filming the second season that not only ups the ante but adds even more drama for all things Mary,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, President, Canada, eOne Television.In the new season of Mary Kills People, Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) plummets deeper into the criminal world as she searches for a steady supply of pentobarbital, the highly regulated and highly lethal “death drug.” As she becomes more entangled in her illegal work, Mary continues to risk her family and ER doctor career as she tries to keep her worlds separate. But when the mysterious Oliva Bloom (Rachelle Lefevre), approaches Mary and her partner Des (Richard Short) with a lethal request — and when Mary crosses unexpectedly with Detective Ben Wesley (Jay Ryan) — she realizes her secrets can only be hidden for so long.Mary Kills People is produced by eOne and Cameron Pictures Inc., in association with Corus Entertainment, and with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The series is executive produced by Tassie Cameron (Ten Days in The Valley, Rookie Blue), Amy Cameron (The Book of Negroes), Jocelyn Hamilton (Private Eyes) and Tecca Crosby (Private Eyes). The series will be directed by Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey and David Wellington with Holly Dale as Co-Executive Producer. Tara Armstrong (Private Eyes) created the series and is executive producer and writer. Additional writers include Tassie Cameron, Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope), Lara Azzopardi (Backstage) and Marsha Greene (Private Eyes).SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV @GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Groupand Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.www.entertainmentone.comAbout Cameron PicturesCameron Pictures Inc. is the new independent production company formed by Canadian Screen Award winning executive producer and showrunner Tassie Cameron and her sister, television executive and award-winning journalist and author Amy Cameron. Tassie was showrunner on the six seasons of Global/ABC hit Rookie Blue and has worked on some of television’s most exciting dramas including Flashpoint, The Eleventh Hour, and Degrassi, and on the CBC adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride. She is also an executive producer on Private Eyes, Jason Priestley’s new P.I. series for Corus/Global. Before joining Cameron Pictures, Amy was the executive in charge of production at CBC TV Drama, overseeing the award-winning series Book of Negroes, Heartland and Republic of Doyle. Advertisement Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO – The union representing 12,000 Canadian journalists and media workers welcomes Finance Minister Bill Mourneau’s announcement of $600 million in aid for financially struggling news organizations.“The new labour tax credit for local journalism is what’s been needed to help save local news,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s National President.In today’s Fall Economic Statement, it was revealed that news outlets that hire to expand local news coverage will be eligible for tax credits. Unifor is also relieved that the federal government will allow non-profit news organizations to apply for charitable status, and Canadians will receive a 15 per cent refund on all subscriptions to paid digital news sites. “Mainstream journalism does the heavy lifting in our democracy and it is in crisis as advertising revenue is siphoned away by Google and Facebook,” said Dias. Canadian newspapers, including their website operations, have lost about 40 per cent of their revenue since 2012 and more than 250 Canadian news outlets have closed in the last decade.Dias praised the work of Unifor Locals in campaigning for these new federal measures over the last two years.“Unifor media workers have been talking to Members of Parliament and it is refreshing to see that they got the message,” said Jake Moore, Unifor Media Chair.Unifor also welcomes the new tax reforms, and write offs which will incentivize investment and job creation throughout the Canadian economy.“By enabling businesses to immediately expense investments in machinery and equipment, there will be an added financial incentive to expand operations and create jobs and that is good news for our members,” said Dias.Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Sean McCann, an award-winning actor known for his role on the Canadian TV series Night Heat, died on Thursday. He was 83.A prolific character actor, McCann performed in hundreds of productions, ranging from a Canadian politician in The King Chronicle (1988) to an animated bear in TV series Little Bear (1995-2003). Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Advertisement He was also known for his roles in films such as Tommy Boy (1995), Chicago (2002), Naked Lunch (1991) and Miracle (2004). McCann played supporting roles in films with big names such as Meryl Streep in … First Do No Harm (1997) and Nick Nolte in Affliction (1997). Login/Register With: Sean McCann, shown in 2002, was known to Canadian television audiences for his role in Night Heat. DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOlast_img read more