New Delhi: Over 1,200 parents and students took part on the second day of open day session organised by Delhi University, for clearing doubts regarding various courses, colleges and admission process.After a presentation by the University officials, participants asked questions about the newly introduced EWS quota and their certificates issues. “I had some question about evaluation and to make edit at the portal, I have registered because the portal was not displaying the significant switch while filing the form,” said Rohit Verma, an applicant from the Baraut. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarLike Verma, there were many students who had queries on the certificates required for admission under the extracurricular activities category. “I had received a number of certificates in extracurricular activities and from the regional level,” said Tavleen Sethi, who glad to over their query resolved. Moreover, many parents and students had queries about the newly introduced EWS category. Some aspirants also complained that their SDMs were not even aware about any EWS certificate, which they were required to issued. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The DU administration has demanding EWS certificate but our regional administration is not addressing our problem, if we would not get any certificate than we are compel to registered as general candidate and will miss the benefit,” said Rohit, from Bhiwani, Haryana. “The authorities are saying that they are not aware about the EWS certificate. DU is saying that it’s not their prerogative. It is disheartening to know this. I had a subject engineering graphics in Class 12 and I wanted to know whether the marks I secured in that subject can be added to the best of four,” she said. An admission official said some 24-25 students who have registered themselves on the admission portal have uploaded EWS certificates and if any government official is saying they do not know about it, the varsity is helpless. Many other students and their parents had queries about the OBC certificate, which they said had been issued last year, while the Delhi University mandates that it should be dated March 31, 2019 or later. Some students also said that the district authorities were refusing to reissue certificates as they queried if they could upload income certificate along with a copy of the OBC certificate of last year. The University will hold the next sessions on June 8 at the conference center near gate number 4, while on June 4, 6, 7 and 10 will have at Kamla Nehru College, Rajdhani College, Ramlal Anand college, Zakir Hussain College and Maharaja Agrasen College. Meanwhile, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and NSUI set up help desk of their own near the Arts Faculty.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy, who was known for his oratorical skills and carved a place for himself in Parliament and state assembly, died at a hospital here on Sunday.The 77-year-old was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 am, a Congress leader said. Reddy’s limited physical mobility due to polio never deterred him from achieving political heights and he served as a Lok Sabha MP for five terms, as a member of Rajya Sabha for two terms and was a four-term MLA. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe had agitated against the imposition of Emergency and came out of the party. After coming out of the Congress, he joined the Janata party and contested against Indira Gandhi in Medak Lok Sabha constituency in 1980. He later joined its splinter group, Janata Dal. Besides earning him accolades, his exceptional oratorical skills and articulation made him the spokesperson for the United Front and National Front governments and the Congress Party. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayReddy was a staunch supporter of separate statehood for Telangana. Congress leaders recalled that he played a crucial role in convincing the UPA-II government and the AICC President Sonia Gandhi to grant separate statehood to Telangana. A parliamentarian for several decades, he held key portfolios in various governments. He was conferred the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1998. He was a member of the Andhra Pradesh (undivided) Legislative Assembly from 1969 to 1984. He served as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the IK Gujral government and was allotted different portfolios in the Manmohan Singh government. In UPA-2, he was assigned the urban development ministry. Later, he became the minister of petroleum and natural gas but was shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministries, triggering a political storm. It was widely speculated that Jaipal Reddy was shunted out of the petroleum ministry owing to the notices issued to certain oil and gas companies on production issues. Congress Lok Sabha member Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said the last rites of Jaipal Reddy will take place on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu condoled the demise of the Congress leader. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed condolences over the passing away of Jaipal Reddy. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy condoled the death of senior Congress leader. Top Congress leaders also condoled the demise of Reddy, with Rahul Gandhi describing him as a distinguished parliamentarian and the son of Telangana. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said Reddy was a treasure of wisdom and knowledge. With PTI inputs
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted two more weeks’ time to the CBI to complete the ongoing investigation in a road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries. A bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose extended the time for completing the probe after the CBI moved an application seeking four more weeks on the ground that the statements of the rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded so far. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs five lakh to the lawyer, who is in a critical condition. The court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. The top court had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case “shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly”. The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the accident recently. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better care as she continued to be critical.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Friday dissolved all the Uttar Pradesh state units, district youth wing and other cells. “Party President Akhilesh Yadav has dissolved the state executive. All district executives, executives of youth and other wings have also been dissolved,” said a source. State President Naresh Uttam, however, will continue to discharge his duties. Yadav had, earlier, dissolved the media panel for the party and had stopped party spokespersons from participating in TV debates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ According to sources, he is planning a massive revamp within the party and will constitute the organisation afresh. The Samajwadi Party, once a vibrant political organisation, has turned into a political nonentity after the defeat in the Lok Sabha elections which left the party with merely five seats. The snapping of the alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party further demoralized the party cadres.
New Delhi: Supreme Court judge Justice M M Shantanagoudar on Tuesday recused himself from hearing petitions filed by 17 disqualified MLAs of Karnataka challenging the decision of the then Speaker to disqualify them from the Assembly. “In this matter, I am not participating” Justice Shantanagoudar, who was part of a three-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, said at the outset. The bench has now posted the matter for hearing on September 23. The then Assembly speaker, K R Ramesh Kumar, had disqualified 17 MLAs which eventually led to the fall of the JD (S)-Congress coalition government headed by then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. Kumaraswamy had resigned as the chief minister after losing the trust vote which paved the way for the BJP-led government in Karnataka under incumbent Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
OTTAWA – Canada faces a lot of challenges that won’t get addressed if the country gets “bogged down” in another round of constitutional haggling, Justin Trudeau said Monday.The prime minister was expanding on his blunt, immediate rejection last week of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s plan to eventually secure recognition of his province’s distinctiveness in the Constitution.Trudeau was criticized in some quarters for being too dismissive of Couillard’s initiative, before the premier had even formally unveiled a 200-page rationale for restarting a nationwide dialogue about Quebec’s long-standing conditions for formally signing onto the country’s highest law of the land.Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet said Monday that Trudeau’s dismissal, before he’d even read Couillard’s manifesto, was a “slap” in the face of the most federalist premier Quebec has ever seen and further evidence that independence is the only solution.Trudeau did not say Monday whether he’d had time yet to read Couillard’s document.But he remained resolute when asked to explain why he refuses to consider even talking about reopening the Constitution some day.“I prefer to talk with Canadians about things that matter deeply to them,” Trudeau said during a news conference with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, adding that means staying focused on improving the lot of the middle class.“We have an awful lot of big challenges on our plate that I know Canadians are more than capable of surmounting and even showing leadership to the world,” he said.“That doesn’t happen when we get bogged down in the wording of the Constitution. I’m going to stay focused on the things that matter to Canadians, including Quebecers, and quite frankly, that’s what Canadians expect of me.”Trudeau said Canadians elected a Liberal government “on a very clear platform” to focus on their real priorities — economic growth, job creation and climate change — and that’s what he intends to do.“We will continue to stay focused on the things that matter most to Canadians and expend our political energies on serving Canadians and their priorities, and that does not include reopening and renegotiating the Canadian Constitution.”Last week, Trudeau was more succinct: “You know my opinion on the Constitution. We’re not reopening the Constitution.”Trudeau’s father, Pierre, patriated the Constitution in 1982 over the objections of Quebec’s then-separatist government.Since then, successive Quebec premiers have reiterated their province’s conditions for formally signing onto the Constitution: recognition of Quebec as a distinct society or nation, limits on the federal spending power, guaranteed Quebec representation on the Supreme Court, increased provincial control over immigration and a veto over future constitutional changes — the same five conditions Couillard is resurrecting now.Efforts to remedy the province’s so-called exclusion from the Constitution in the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords failed, exposing deep divisions in the country and triggering a national unity crisis that led to Quebecers coming within a hair of voting to separate from Canada in the 1995 referendum.Couillard’s initiative has the potential to mushroom into constitutional squabbling over a host of thorny issues that could once again threaten national unity.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall put his own constitutional demand on the table last week: fixing the equalization program that he asserted takes $500 million a year out of his province while providing $11 billion annually to Quebec.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne adopted a more conciliatory tone Monday but nevertheless appeared to indicate that reopening the Constitution is not among Ontarians’ priorities.Wynne said Ontario is “absolutely committed” to working in partnership with Quebec on joint ventures, such as the two provinces’ electricity trade agreement and cap and trade program, “and I think that is what is preoccupying us at the moment and certainly the people of Ontario.”In any event, Wynne said Couillard is not asking that the Constitution be reopened.“I understand that he’s put forward a statement about Quebec’s place in the country and I think that the most important thing we can do is to build those strong relationships to continue to foster a strong federation. That’s what I’m interested in.”
CALGARY – A recent successful bid to unionize WestJet (TSX:WJA) pilots has prompted a push to organize flight attendants at the airline.The airline, Canada’s second-largest, has long prided itself on its relationship with its employees, whom it refers to as co-owners. Among the benefits offered to WestJet staff are a company-matched share purchase plan.But in recent weeks, WestJet has found itself the target of two unions wanting to represent its flight attendants.The WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association (WPFAA) says it has ramped up efforts, while the Canadian Union of Public Employees says it’s considering launching its own campaign to unionize flight attendants.Daniel Kufuor, interim treasurer at the WPFAA, said when the airline’s pilots voted last month to join the Air Line Pilots Association, International, that was a boost.“It is seen … as the first domino to fall,” said Kufuor, a former WestJet flight attendant whose dismissal is now the subject of a wrongful termination lawsuit.He said WPFAA has about 1,200 union cards signed and needs some 200 more to reach the 40 per cent threshold to trigger a union vote, but the numbers keep shifting as the six-month cards expire and WestJet adds flight attendants.CUPE, which already represents about 10,000 flight attendants in Canada, most of which with Air Canada, is now also considering a new unionization campaign at WestJet after past attempts in 2006 and 2013 failed.Hugh Pouliot, a spokesman for CUPE, said they’re still in planning stages and have been in discussions with flight attendants, but haven’t made a formal decision yet.“People have been talking to us about unionizing, especially now that ALPA has unionized the pilots,” said Pouliot.When the pilots organized, CEO Gregg Saretsky said he was disappointed but added he would work with the new union.“WestJet believes that management and employees work best together through open and direct dialogue,” company spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an email.“This is the hallmark of our success over 20 years.”The unionization efforts come as WestJet embarks on some of its most ambitious expansion plans since it was founded in 1996. It has set out to launch both an ultra-low cost carrier and expand internationally.Raymond James analyst Ben Cherniavsky said such growth, as well as other initiatives such as new baggage fees and its recently established flights to London, are helping drive the push towards unionization.Cherniavsky said the successful unionization, while not surprising, will likely result in higher costs for WestJet.“Although it is unfair to conclude that the unionization of WestJet’s pilots means that its culture is ‘broken,’ there is no question that labour relations have become more complicated for the company,” he said in a note to clients.The airline will continue to talk with employees as its expansion plans continue, Stewart said.“We are focused on our expansions plans and will work with our employees to ensure they are heard as we introduce these exciting new initiatives.”
OTTAWA – A federal judge has rejected the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s request to obtain basic information about unknown phone and internet subscribers who may come to the spy agency’s attention in future.Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton said CSIS failed to show a sufficient connection between its investigation and the people whose privacy rights would be compromised.A public version of his top secret September ruling — with several redacted passages — was issued Tuesday.As part of a terrorism investigation, CSIS was seeking judicial warrants for the names and street addresses of telecom subscribers and, in some cases, information relating to computer IP addresses.The subscriber information related to telephone numbers or electronic identifiers that might one day come to the spy service’s attention in the course of its probe.In the ruling, Crampton said CSIS had not provided the court with “any understanding whatsoever” of the specific link between the service’s “very broadly defined” investigations and the yet-to-be-discovered phone numbers and identifiers.“The loosely defined ‘nexus’ is simply too broad and nebulous,” he wrote.Crampton acknowledged his ruling may impose a potentially significant additional burden on the spy service, as well as additional costs and delays associated with obtaining court permissions.Given this, he said the court is “open to considering alternate approaches” that are compliant with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In addition, the court did grant CSIS warrants in connection with a related request in which Crampton was satisfied the “required nexus has been described and established by CSIS.”In a second ruling made public Tuesday, Crampton said CSIS’s use of a cellular-site simulator to capture data from an unnamed target’s mobile phones without a warrant did not run afoul of laws or the charter.“This is in part because a number of measures that were taken to ensure that the activity was minimally intrusive,” the judge said.A simulator, sometimes known as an IMSI catcher, mimics a cellular tower, making all nearby mobile phones connect to it. Identifiers linked to individual phones can then be used to determine their location or owner.In general, when carrying out a cellular-site operation, CSIS should “strictly limit its intrusion” on the privacy rights of investigation subjects, the judge wrote. The spy agency should:— Not capture the contents of actual messages or calls stored on a mobile device;— Ensure that incidentally captured information relating to the mobile phones of third parties is quickly destroyed;— Not use the technology to pinpoint someone’s physical location without a court warrant.An investigation by the federal privacy watchdog revealed in September that the RCMP illegally scooped up mobile phone data half a dozen times using the controversial devices.The privacy commissioner found that the Mounties now require a warrant for use of the technology, except in emergencies.Crampton said the technology used by CSIS does not permit the spy agency to identify the individual whose mobile devices are targeted by an operation, or to gain access to billing or other intrusive information.The identity of the targeted person, as well as their location and other information, typically is already known to the spy service, he wrote.However, the information gathered in the case at hand potentially helped CSIS determine the person’s contacts and communication patterns, Crampton added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
REGINA – A new daily natural gas consumption record has been set in Saskatchewan as homeowners and industry turn up the heat to cope with this week’s bone-chilling temperatures.SaskEnergy says the record of 1.43 petajoules was set in a 24-hour period between 9 a.m. Dec. 26 and 9 a.m. Dec. 27.That’s seven per cent higher than the record set last winter and it shatters new levels set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of this year.A petajoule is a unit of measurement equivalent to one million gigajoules of natural gas.The utility says the average home in Saskatchewan uses about 102 gigajoules of natural gas annually.Environment Canada is forecasting a low Friday night in the Regina area alone of -36 C with a daytime high on Saturday of -31 C, and not much relief from the deep freeze until possibly next week. (The Canadian Press, CKRM)
OTTAWA – The Senate wants an Ottawa judge to remove it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by Sen. Mike Duffy, arguing that the upper chamber is protected by parliamentary privilege.Duffy is seeking more than $7.8 million in damages from the Senate and the RCMP in the wake of the high-profile investigation and suspension surrounding his expense claims, which culminated in a dramatic trial that found him not guilty on 31 charges in April 2016.The portion of the lawsuit against the Senate hinges on Duffy’s arguments that senators acted unconstitutionally and violated his charter rights when they decided to suspend him without pay in 2013.Senate lawyers plan to file a motion by the end of the week in an Ontario court to have the upper chamber removed from Duffy’s lawsuit.The Senate says the decision to suspend Duffy is protected by parliamentary privilege, a centuries-old right designed to shield legislators in the course of doing their jobs.“The courts cannot consequently examine the exercise of a privilege and find the Senate liable for these actions,” a Senate spokeswoman said.If the court agrees, Duffy would only be able to sue the federal government for the RCMP’s actions during its investigation.The former newsman filed his claim in Ontario Superior Court in late August, claiming that the Senate’s decision to suspend him before any criminal charges were filed was “an unprecedented abuse of power.”Duffy was charged in July 2014 with 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery — all of which were later dismissed in a lengthy and dramatic ruling in April 2016.At the time of the suspension debates, Conservative senators maintained the Senate had the exclusive power to govern its internal affairs and impose sanctions as part of any administrative penalties.The House of Commons website says Parliament doesn’t have the authority to set the limits of its own privileges, but instead must rely on the courts to determine the scope of the shield. Usually, judges defer to the idea of protecting the autonomy of parliamentarians from the courts.Privilege protects parliamentarians when they are making laws, but the Senate wasn’t considering legislation when it suspended Duffy — rather, it was punishing a fellow senator, said Lawrence Greenspon, Duffy’s lawyer.“The doctrine of privilege was not intended to deny Sen. Duffy or any Canadian due process or the protection of the charter.”The Senate’s motion is to be heard in late June.Duffy’s lawsuit alleges RCMP investigators failed to give him a chance to respond to the allegations he faced and appeared to ignore evidence that would have proved his innocence.
TORONTO – The Latest on developments related to the abrupt resignation of Patrick Brown as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (all times local):1:50 p.m.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls the nature of the allegations against Patrick Brown “heinous” due their employer-employee nature.Speaking in Ottawa, Singh said it is important that political leaders make clear that any sort of misconduct is not acceptable.Singh says “survivors” must be believed in order to tackle violence against women and the “sad reality” that the majority of women have faced some form of gender-based violence in their lives.“The idea of accepting violence against women as part of the culture, particularly in the political culture … we see a lot of silence, a lot of shame, people not coming forward, so we have to acknowledge the courage it takes and believe survivors,” he said.———1 p.m.Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli says he’ll let his name stand as the party caucus meets Friday to choose an interim leader.Fedeli says he saw the news report of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Patrick Brown, who resigned early Thursday, calling Brown’s alleged actions “deplorable.”Fedeli said in North Bay, Ont., that the party was “horrified, disappointed and shocked,” but said he “never saw anything that would have indicated any activity such as that” during the time he spent with Brown.Fedeli says he believes the party can recover from Brown’s resignation before the upcoming election, expected in June.———12:00 p.m.Deputy Progressive Conservative leader Sylvia Jones says the party caucus will be meeting on Friday to choose an interim leader.She says the party will be in a position to fight the provincial election expected on June 7.Jones called the allegations against Brown “a shock,” saying it will be up to caucus to decide if Brown can still run for a provincial seat in the upcoming election.“Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously — these women deserve to be heard,” she said, adding that it was “appropriate” for Brown to resign.———11:20 a.m.Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath says she was disgusted by allegations of sexual misconduct reported against Brown, and thanked the women who made the claims for coming forward.Horwath says Brown would no longer be a member of her caucus if he were a New Democrat.Asked if it would change her campaign for this year’s provincial election, she said it was not about her or her campaign, but about two women who courageously came forward with their allegations.She said women need to be vocal and not allow this culture to continue.———10:45 a.m.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has told a news conference she won’t call an early election ahead of the province’s June vote, saying the situation isn’t about politics.Wynne called the women who stepped forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Brown “very courageous,” adding that she hoped they will find the supports that they need now.Wynne says it’s too early to know what impact Brown’s resignation will have on the province’s political landscape.She also would not comment specifically on the allegations levelled against Brown but broadly denounced sexual assault and harassment, saying it is everyone’s responsibility to “create those safe spaces.”Brown has “categorically” denied what he called “troubling allegations” about his conduct and character.———
EDMONTON – A baseball legend who helped the Toronto Blue Jays capture back-to-back World Series titles in the early 1990s is stepping up to the plate to try to keep Edmonton’s river valley ballpark from the wrecker’s ball.Hall-of-Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has written a letter to Edmonton’s mayor and city council after hearing that the 9,200-seat park may be demolished some day to make room for future redevelopment in the neighbourhood where it’s located.Alomar offered to write the letter when he spoke last month at a fundraising dinner for the Edmonton Prospects, a collegiate summer team that plays in the Western Major Baseball League, and learned the facility’s days may be numbered.Mayor Don Iveson says the ballpark, situated next to the North Saskatchewan River, is not in any immediate danger of being torn down.The Prospects hold a lease on the stadium for at least the next two seasons.A report outlining potential options for the area in which it sits is expected to come before city council near the end of this year or early next year.Alomar wrote in his letter that baseball is on the upswing in Alberta, due largely to organizations such as the Prospects that work with local players and coaches to improve their skills.He said the ballpark — once home to championship-winning Triple A baseball teams — inspires kids throughout Western Canada by showing them they can have a chance to play in front of thousands of fans who respect their skill and accomplishments.“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this ballpark for baseball in Alberta and, more importantly, how devastating it would be to the baseball community and the many young players if it were demolished,” he penned.Iveson said Alomar’s letter isn’t necessary right now, but he plans to keep the former major leaguer in the loop.“Attendance numbers (for Prospects games) are coming up and that’s very positive. We’re still an awful long way from a sustainable cost model there. The ballpark is aging and it’s going to require a lot of investment,” he said.Jordan Blundell, the Prospects’ assistant general manager, said any decision on the ballpark is years down the road and the team is planning to play there long term. He also said when Alomar offers to volunteer on your behalf, you don’t say no.“It kind of falls in line with what he’s doing now as a baseball philanthropist, teacher and builder.”A statement posted Tuesday to the team’s website from managing partner Pat Cassidy said the Prospects are pleased with Iveson’s comments, but they “want to clarify that our concerns emanate from city administration comments that three or four concept plans may go to council by year’s end and one may not include the ballpark.” (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)
ELROSE, Sask. – A car crash that left three adults and three children dead in southwestern Saskatchewan was a tragedy, the mayor of the small town where it happened said Saturday.Investigators with the RCMP say the incident happened on Friday afternoon, just north of Elrose, Sask., population 500.Mayor Dennis Dixon said a crash of this magnitude is tragic no matter where it happens, and Elrose is no exception.“Any time that you have a crash like that anywhere, it’s something you don’t want to see,” Dixon said. “It’s a tragedy.”A 26-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, along with three children aged six, four and two, were found dead in one of the two SUVs involved, RCMP said in a news release on Saturday.Police said that the five were all from the “same immediate family” from the area of Rosetown, approximately 40 kilometres north of Elrose.The woman driving the other vehicle was also killed in the crash, and police said she was 71 and from the Swift Current, Sask., area.Investigators have said she was the only person in the second vehicle.The RCMP has said it does not plan on naming any of the crash victims publicly.They said in the news release on Saturday that it was a head-on crash, but that the reports from the investigation will “take some time” to complete.The release said the Provincial Coroner’s Office is assisting the investigation. Counselling is being made available for police.“The appropriate mental health supports are also being offered to RCMP members,” investigators stated in the release.
TORONTO – Statement from the family of Faisal Hussain, who died after shooting 15 people, two fatally, in Toronto on Sunday night:“We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son’s horrific actions.“We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place on the Danforth.“Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life. The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful. Medications and therapy were unable to treat him. While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.“Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives.“Hussain Family”
TORONTO — The interim president of a Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations said on Thursday that only the football program was cancelled for next year because of the particular dynamics on those teams.At the same time, Andrew Leon said there was no reason to suspend any of the coaches at the private St. Michael’s College School. “There have been no incidents involving any of these coaches. The coaches were not allowed in the locker room,” Leon said. “There is no reason to assign responsibility to anyone besides the perpetrators.”The school has expelled eight of its 1,060 students in recent weeks amid an active police investigation into at least two videotaped incidents allegedly showing some students sexually abusing or physically assaulting other students in a locker-room or washroom. The situation garnered widespread public attention, sparked angst and anger within the school community, and led to the resignation of its two top officials.Six students face assault and sexual assault charges.While the varsity basketball season was cancelled for this year, Leon said only the junior and varsity football programs had been scrapped for the next academic year. He cited “incidents in the recent past” involving the football program that have come to light but which have had not necessarily been made public. All relevant information, he said, has been passed onto the police.“This information, along with concerns we have heard about the overall dynamics on these teams, contributed to our decision,” Leon said. “We made a very hard decision to suspend two sports where more work needs to be done.”Leon said there had been no complaints about the hockey program. “We can only act on what we know, and we are doing everything to find out.”While he said he had no information as to whether any parents had opted to take their children out of the St. Mike’s in light of the allegations, Leon did say applications to the school remained strong.Despite the school’s directive to students to refrain from wearing their uniforms in public as a safety measure, Leon said no incidents had occurred and the request had been rescinded.“There has been no indication of student safety issues on this, so they are allowed to wear their uniforms with pride in public,” he said.In all, the school has begun implementation of an eight-point plan to deal with the fallout from the allegations. The measures include the establishment of a four-person “respect and culture” review panel to investigate and report back by the summer. Whether and in what form the independent panel’s report will be made public will be up the school’s board.The school has also put in place a tip line for students to report any concerns or allegations.“Somewhere along the line, we missed something grave and we are committed to identifying and fixing it,” Leon said. “My goal has been to understand the truth, even if it is hard to hear, because only then can we move forward in a meaningful way.” Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals haven’t shut the door on a guaranteed-income program in their search for ways to help workers adapt to an unsteady and shifting labour market.In separate interviews, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos appear warmer to the idea than they have before, when they argued the Canada Child Benefit, among other measures, amounts to a guaranteed minimum income.A guaranteed minimum income at its core is a no-strings-attached payment governments provide instead of an assortment of targeted benefits.Trudeau says it’s one of the tools the government is looking at to help Canadians who are struggling.Duclos says the current suite of federal programs could one day be enhanced to provide a minimum income of sorts to all Canadians, particularly those without children who aren’t eligible for federal family or seniors benefits.However, both are clear that the federal government won’t step in to revive a minimum-income pilot project Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government cancelled shortly after coming to office.The Canadian Press
You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. If the diplomatic back and forth between one of the world’s true super powers and, well, us has left you wondering what the is happening and where does it go from here, you’re not alone.Since it began in early December, this saga has wound its way through extradition treaties, detentions, criminal charges and sentencing, trade threats, political posturing, retaliation and hints of cyber espionage before arriving at the bottom line: Canadian lives are at stake, and the government faces a tough technology decision that could decide both their fates and the future of our relationship with China.Today, we bring you the straight goods: How did we get here? Was this a no-win situation for Canada from the start? Amid the noise and the statements and the op-eds, what do you actually need to know? Would Justin Trudeau’s opponents be doing anything differently than the Liberals right now? What does the future look like if Canada and China aren’t on speaking terms? Is there a lever Canada can use to pull this back, or has it gone too far already?GUEST: Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliament Hill reporterAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_01222019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
OTTAWA — Canada’s ambassador to the United States says he’s hearing complaints from some Americans about the pain caused by Ottawa’s retaliation against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs.David MacNaughton was referring to Canada’s imposition of $16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American imports last year after President Donald Trump used a section of U.S. trade law to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The Canadian “countermeasures” hit products in U.S. states where Trump prevailed to win the presidency in 2016.They targeted a wide range of goods, including ketchup from Pennsylvania, bourbon from Kentucky, orange juice from Florida, toilet paper from Wisconsin and Ohio and panels for circuit breakers and fuses from Michigan.Mexico was also hit with the American tariffs and MacNaughton says the “strategic retaliation” the two countries have responded with is causing anxiety in some “important” states.MacNaughton told the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Ottawa that the government is pushing hard to have the tariffs lifted.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Indigenous leader is comparing the National Energy Board’s endorsement of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with the federal Liberal government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, says it’s apparent that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes jobs are more important that justice in both situations.Phillip joined politicians, environmental groups and other First Nations leaders after the board released its decision saying increased tanker traffic would hurt resident killer whales and increase greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts would be outweighed by the pipeline’s benefits.READ MORE: A look at 16 new recommendations for Ottawa on the Trans Mountain pipelineThe NEB was asked to reconsider the project after a Federal Court of Appeal quashed the decision saying it didn’t take into account the marine environment.NEWS RELEASE: Squamish Nation Reacts to National Energy Board Report https://t.co/0bfrU4gzuY pic.twitter.com/qspPN3xy8b— Squamish Nation (@SquamishNation) February 22, 2019Eugene Kung, with West Coast Environmental Law, says the decision makes many of the same mistakes made in the first review, although lawsuits might have to wait until after the cabinet makes it final approval on the project.Chief Judy Wilson, also with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, says if a choice needed to be made between a pipeline and the orcas, then she would choose the orcas.Loading…
YELLOWKNIFE — Residents in southern Northwest Territories experienced a phone and internet service outage on Saturday.A statement from telecommunications company Northwestel says its customers in Yellowknife and surrounding communities should be prepared to be without service for most of the day.Northwestel says cellular service, internet, long-distance phone and TV services have been impacted by damage to fibre infrastructure leading into Yellowknife.The company did not say how many customers are affected by the outage.Northwestel says technicians have been sent to repair the damage.RCMP are asking residents to call their local police detachment in case of an emergency or go to a police station in person.The Canadian Press