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'Sobering' update on opioid crisis presented to Vancouver council BY DAN FUMANO Health experts painted a grim picture Wednesday morning as they updated Vancouver’s mayor and council on an ongoing opioid crisis that has spread from its “epicentre” in the Downtown Eastside to touch every part of the province. Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall addressed a sombre Vancouver council chamber Wednesday, almost a year to the day after he announced a public health emergency in response to what he called at the time, “the recent surge of overdoses.” In the 12 months since last April’s emergency announcement, Kendall said Wednesday that the crisis has continued to escalate, with a “startling” increase in overdoses late last year, and the first months of this year appearing on-track to surpass last year’s death tolls. Last year saw a “shocking, unprecedented” number of overdose deaths across B.C., said Vancouver’s deputy city manager, Paul Mochrie, with 922 people dying from illicit drugs, or roughly three times the number killed in motor-vehicle accidents. And while the province’s largest city saw the lion’s share of last year’s overdose deaths, the impacts of synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil have been felt far beyond Vancouver’s city limits, as Wednesday’s presentation made clear. Rates of overdose deaths per capita increased dramatically in every part of the province last year, including Vancouver Island, the Interior and northern B.C. In 2015, Vancouver was the only one of B.C.’s 18 health regions recording more than 15 overdose deaths per 100,000 people, the presentation showed. In 2016, 11 regions reached that level or higher.

Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical officer, told council: “The only other declaration of a public health emergency for overdose deaths was in Vancouver in the ’90s, and it was localized in Vancouver.” The current emergency, Daly said, “has affected every area of the province.” Fentanyl wasn’t the problem in the 1990s, when the drugs of choice in the DTES were injectable cocaine and heroin, and almost half of the area’s 6,00010,000 drug addicts were believed to be infected with HIV, The Vancouver Sun reported in 1997. Out of that emergency in the late 1990s, Daly said Wednesday, some of Vancouver’s pioneering, harm-reduction strategies were born, including Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility that has saved not only lives, but millions of dollars in cost savings every year, according to a Canadian Medical Association Journal study. Vancouver’s early adoption of harmreduction strategies reduced the number of deaths from overdose and HIV, Daly said. But now, as other parts of the province try to follow Insite’s example, Daly said, they’re waiting for permission from Ottawa, a process she called “far too slow.” Four of B.C.’s five regional health authorities have applications pending

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with the federal government for approval to run supervised drug-consumption sites in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, Kamloops and Kelowna. But, Daly said, “a year into this crisis there’s been no new ones approved to date. That needs to change.” Northern Health is B.C.’s only regional authority currently without a supervised consumption-site application pending. Northern Health spokeswoman Andrea Palmer said Wednesday the region was exploring the option, and “we are engaging with stakeholders as we explore a submission for a supervised consumption site.” The federal government has acknowledged the slow process, and in December, Health Canada announced Bill C-37, which would “repeal the previous, burdensome legislative regime for establishing supervised consumption sites by streamlining the application process.” Andrew MacKendrick, press secretary for federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, said: “The current process, under the previous government’s legislation, is very cumbersome.” MacKendrick couldn’t say when to expect decisions on B.C.’s seven pending applications, but said the government hoped to work through them as quickly as possible.

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New York [United States], Apr. 13 (ANI): Russia has vetoed a Security Council draft resolution to condemn last week's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria. Russia for the eighth time used its veto power on the Security Council to defend Assad regime in Syria. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Russia by vetoing a Security Council draft has said no to peace in Syria. "With its veto, Russia said no to accountability, Russia said no to cooperating with the UN investigation, Russia said no to helping keep peace in Syria, Russia chose to side with (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad, even as rest of the world, even the Arab world, comes together to condemn the murderous regime," she said. This comes as the rift between the US and Russia deepens over the recent happenings in Syria. Russia had also strongly objected to a U.S. strike against the Syrian air base. The U.S. has said that the strikes were in response to the chemical weapon attack in Syria. "The main problem was that the draft resolution by the Troika appointed the guilty party prior to the investigation, prior to an independent and objective investigation. Now this is an approach incompatible with the legal norms," CNN quoted Deputy Russian UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov as saying to the Security Council. Asserting that the true objective of the draft resolution was not to uncover the truth, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said it was there violate Syrian sovereignty, to abuse and use any information that can be collected through it.

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 13 (ANI): Students learn more effectively between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. than at other times of the day, according to a recent study. The research used two new approaches to determine ranges of start times that optimize functioning for undergraduate students. Based on a sample of first and second year university students, the University of Nevada, Reno and The Open University in the United Kingdom used a surveybased, empirical model and a neuroscience-based, theoretical model to analyse the learning patterns of each student to determine optimum times when cognitive performance can be expected to be at its peak.


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Canadian Defence Minister A `Khalistani Sympathiser’, Won’t Meet Him, Says Capt Amarinder By : Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, April 12, 2017 : Dubbing the Canadian Defence Minister a `Khalistani sympathiser’, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he would not meet the Indo-Canadian during his expected visit to India later this month. Harjit Sajjan is a Khalistani sympathizer, and so was his father, Captain Amarinder said on eminent journalist Shekhar Gupta’s `Off the Cuff’ show for NDTV24X7 here. The Chief Minister said there were, in fact, five ministers in the Justin Trudeau government who were Khalistani sympathizers and he would not have any truck with them. “These Khalistani sympathizers had prevailed upon the government to prevent my entry into Canada, where I wanted to go to meet my Punjabi brethren and not to campaign for elections,” said Captain Amarinder. A candid Captain Amarinder responded with total frankness to several controversial questions, including beef ban, saying people had the right to, and should be allowed to eat whatever they wanted.

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He also made it clear he was not in favour of a ban on Pakistani artistes, and said he would be happy to invited them to Punjab and would also love to visit Pakistan again. It was time to mend fences and make friends with Pakistan, he said, urging New Delhi to be wary of China on the other border. Recalling England’s `war of roses’, the Chief Minister said the Indo-Pak tensions were going the same way and needed to give way to peace. Seeing a deliberate malicious attempt being made by vested interests to pull down Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

urged the people to give the Congress vice president a chance. There was a clear conspiracy against Rahul, who was being targeted with ridiculous names, said Captain Amarinder. Captain Amarinder said he had always found Rahul Gandhi extremely perceptive and willing to listen, besides being open to suggestions and ideas. He asserted that the Congress vice president extended to him full support during the recent Punjab assembly elections, and he faced no problems at all in the matter of seat allocation. The Chief Minister admitted that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by

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Arvind Kejriwal had been a challenge in the recent assembly elections but their failure to project a Punjabi for the chief minister’s post cost them heavy and exposed Kejriwal’s ambition to become the CM. AAP, said the Chief Minister, had no future unless they changed their style of functioning. He criticized AAP’s confrontationist attitude, saying states had to work with the Centre and it was important to maintain a working relationship. He himself had excellent relations with the NDA government at the Centre during his previous tenure as chief minister, said Captain Amarinder. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction at Kejriwal’s failure to target the Naxals and the Khalistanis to promote his vested interests.

Captain Amarinder further attributed the poll outcome to the polarization of votes, with the Sikh votes sharply divided and the Hindus opting for the Congress in a big way. He once again ruled out out any vendetta politics against the erstwhile ruling party and was also appreciative of the work done by the Akali government around the Golden Temple. On the controversial EVMs issue, Captain Amarinder said had the EVMs been tampered with in Punjab, he would not be sitting here today. However, he was quick to note that it was important to find out the reason for many advanced countries refusing to adopt EVMs. Describing Punjab’s current conditions as pathetic, with the state reeling under a massive Rs. 1.82 lakh crore debt, the Chief Minister listed economic revival, along with drugs, education, agriculture, unemployment and health, as his government’s top priority. With the central government also not having excess money, it was important to “tighten our belts to get out of the debt cycle”, said Captain Amarinder, explaining the need for austerity measures in Punjab. Referring to his government’s crackdown on drugs, Captain Amarinder revealed that with the STF launching a crackdown, things were moving in the right direction. Hundreds of youngsters were voluntarily coming to the rehabilitation centres and the anti-drugs helpline had so far received more than 4000 calls to give information to the agencies.

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Help police identify victim of fatal fire

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More flour recalled for suspected E. coli contamination

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person that

Creative Baker all-purpose flour in 20-

infected with E. coli in British Columbia,

perished in a shed fire earlier this year in the

kilogram bags; Creative Baker whole wheat

Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland

City Centre area. The victim is believed to be

flour in 10-kilogram packages; and Golden

and Labrador.

of no fixed address.

Temple Sooji creamy wheat in two-kilogram

No deaths have been reported, but at

packages — each with various best-before

least six people have required hospital care.

dates.

The CFIA says there are no reported illnesses

On

January

29that

approximately

7:00am, Surrey RCMP was called to a shed fire on a property in the 10800 block of

The initial recall affected Robin Hood

132nd Street. Firefighters discovered a body

flour in 10-kilogram bags but the CFIA says

after extinguishing the fire that had fully

the recall now includes Robin Hood flour in

Two Alberta law firms announced this

engulfed the structure. Officers have been

one-kilogram bags with best-before dates of

week they were filing a class-action lawsuit

unable to identify the victim at this point.

April 14, 15 and 18, 2018.

on behalf of people who bought or

The

Surrey

RCMP’s

General

The CFIA says all recalled products

Investigation Unit is leading this investigation

should be thrown out or returned to the

with assistance from the BC Coroners Service.

store.

associated with the products added to the expanded recall.

consumed Robin Hood flour and became ill. Full details about the expanded recall are available at the Canadian Food

The shed was a well-known spot for homeless

The agency said after the initial recall

persons to seek refuge. There is no foul play

there had been 26 cases of people being

Inspection Agency website.

suspected, however, officers are still trying to identify the deceased person to notify next of kin. The BC Coroners Service has been able to determine the victim was a Caucasian man, approximately 5’6, 140 lbs., and likely in his 20’s or 30’s.

OTTAWA CITIZEN A national recall of flour due to E. coli contamination, which was first announced

Investigators have exhausted all avenues

last month and is the subject of a class-action

to identify the victim including dental

lawsuit, is being expanded to cover

records, checking missing person reports and

additional products.

canvassing the area, says Corporal Scotty

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s

Schumann. Someone somewhere must have a

recall on March 28 affected Robin Hood

friend or acquaintance that has not been seen

flour sold in four provinces in Western

for a few months. We would like these people

Canada and was later expanded across the

to contact police as soon as possible. Anyone

country.

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Liberals introduce Guest Editorial Mike Smyth: Liberals look long-awaited bill to nervous about Horgan’s legalize marijuana spending promises John Horgan’s spending tsunami continued unabated on the second day of the election campaign, this time with a promised $400-a-year “renters grant” to help tappedout tenants. “Help is on the way,” Horgan said Wednesday, vowing to throw a lifeline to tenants who have watched their rents and other costs of living skyrocket faster than their paycheques. Spread out over the course of a year, $400 would buy a couple of pizzas every month — hardly enough to change anyone’s standard of living. But Horgan pointed out that it’s more than Premier Christy Clark is offering. “This is 400 bucks of hope for people who don’t have any from the B.C. Liberals,” he said. The Liberals were quick to mock the promise, especially after Horgan refused to provide a total cost of the program (that will be revealed Thursday) and stumbled over whether the grant would be taxable or not (at first he said it would be, then later clarified it would be taxfree.) Mock as they might, I think the Liberals are getting a little nervous about all the juicy goodies Horgan is dangling in front of voters. The cash-in-your-claw for renters is just the latest pricey promise from the NDP leader. He’s also promised to eliminate tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges, freeze B.C. Hydro rates and bring in $10-a-day childcare. Clark seems particularly sensitive about the tolls, since she promised to cap the bridge tolls at $500 a year for drivers, only to see Horgan one-up her and promise to scrap them completely. Clark said that means residents outside Metro Vancouver would effectively pay the cost of new bridges being used by city slickers. Horgan fired right back at her on Wednesday. “Christy Clark is just trying to make mischief while she continues to defend an unfair toll on one group of people,” he said. Then he pointed out there are no tolls on Kelowna’s

$144-million

Bill

Bennett

Bridge

across

Okanagan Lake — and Clark has proposed another bridge over the same body of water.

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TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government took the first step Thursday towards a massive overhaul of Canada’s drug laws that will make it legal for those aged 18 and older to grow, buy and use recreational marijuana as early as next year. The government introduced a proposed law Thursday that largely follows the recommendations of a federal task force. The new regime would provide for: New legal limits to allow individuals to have up to 30 grams (a little more than an ounce) of cannabis on hand at a time, to consume as they wish — to smoke or eat it in homebaked — and to grow four plants in their own home, without breaking the law. There would still be tickets for possession of small amounts, or up to

five years in jail for illegal possession of larger amounts, depending on the amount held. New criminal penalties for illegally supplying to minors (up to 14 years in jail) and for driving while impaired by marijuana. Penalties can range from $1,000 to life imprisonment for driving within two hours of having an illegal level of drugs in the blood. The penalty depends on whether someone was hurt or killed during the offence. Strict controls on advertising, marketing and branding of legal marijuana, such as standardized serving sizes and potency, and packaging and labeling. For the first time in Canadian law, there would be a regulated limit of the amount of THC that if detected in a driver's blood by a roadside saliva test, could allow a police officer to demand an evaluation by a drug impairment expert or a blood sample.

Which riding does Clark represent in the legislature? Kelowna, of course! So it’s OK for B.C. taxpayers to subsidize toll-free bridges in her own riding, but not OK in Metro Vancouver. Here’s the problem for Clark: Her boring, steady-asshe-goes campaign platform contains little in the way of new spending, while Horgan is shovelling money off the back of the proverbial truck. The Liberals will call it irresponsible, unaffordable, totally reckless and brazen vote-buying. And they will have a point. But for voters sitting at kitchen tables comparing everrising monthly bills against shrinking bank balances, Horgan’s promises may hold appeal. Clark’s Liberals have some major edges in this election: a buoyant economy, a 16-year winning streak in power, a massive fundraising advantage and a possibly surging Green Party that could drain critical votes from the NDP. But Horgan is producing the most eye-catching — and expensive — promises. On Thursday, he will explain how he intends to pay for it all and still balance the budget. This I’ve got to see.


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Eight-year-old learns to drive on YouTube, takes his dad’s van for cheeseburgers The Associated Press EAST

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father went to bed Sunday and the mother fell asleep on the couch with the kids. Koehler said witnesses saw the boy driving and called police in the city, about 145 kilometres southeast of Cleveland. The boy drove about a kilometre to the restaurant, through intersections and over railroad tracks, without mishap. Witnesses said the boy appeared to obey traffic laws. Koehler says the boy told him he learned to drive by watching YouTube

videos. No charges have been filed.

First-generation Asian Canadian artists tackle issues of social integration during National Asian Heritage Month VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) and the Vancouver Lipont Art Centre are pleased to present Generation One Art Exhibition during the 21st annual explorASIAN festival, which promotes national Asian Heritage Month in May. The Generation One Art Exhibition was created in 2009 as a signature program of the VAHMS festival to feature both established and emerging local artists, who are first-generation Asian Canadians by immigration or birth, and to provide a forum for exploring new expressions of Canadian identity. This year, the exhibition will focus on issues of social integration facing Asian Canadians of various generations. http://www.explorasian.org Facebook: explorasian

The sudoku puzzle is mostly a 9-by9 grid made up of 3-by-3 subgrids. Some cells already contain numbers, known as givens. The goal is to fill in the empty cells, one number in each, so that each column, row, and region contains the numbers 1 through 9 exactly once. Each number in the solution therefore occurs only once. in each of three "directions". Or you can say there is only one rule. Every row, every column and every 3-by-3 subgrid should contain digits 1 to 9 only.

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Mike Smyth John Horgan is already making massive election promises and the NDP leader hasn’t even unveiled his official campaign platform yet. Horgan has so far promised to eliminate bridge tolls, freeze B.C. Hydro rates, eliminate Medical Services Plan premiums, bring in $10a-day child care, spend $2.2 billion on public transit and four-lane the TransCanada Highway from Kamloops to the Alberta border. But you ain’t seen nothing yet. On Thursday, watch for Horgan to perform a fiscal miracle by promising to do all this — and undoubtedly even more — and still balance the budget in Year 1 of an NDP government. Then get set for Premier Christy Clark and her Liberals to call Horgan the biggest liar since Pinocchio. “He can’t afford to pay for it,” Clark said Tuesday, minutes after she officially launched the four-week campaign for the May 9 election. Clark said Horgan’s promise to eliminate tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges would cost $200 million in lost government revenue alone.

“John Horgan has blown the entire budget on one promise,” Clark said. Well, not quite. But when you add up everything else Horgan has promised already, it’s hard to see how he avoids drowning B.C. in a sea of red ink. So how could Horgan balance the books? Clark sees only one way. “It’s all going to come in the form

of higher taxes,” she said. “The NDP would push people to the brink.” Horgan has vowed to raise income taxes on the province’s top wage earners — those making more than $150,000 a year. But an income tax on the rich would only generate $250 million a year in additional government revenue.

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That’s nowhere near enough to pay for everything Horgan has promised so far — the child-care plan alone would cost $1.5 billion — so where is the rest of the money supposed to come from? That will also be revealed Thursday, when Horgan rolls out the official NDP campaign platform. There’s no way the NDP will threaten middle- or low-wage earners with a tax hike. And I doubt he will slap a tax on small businesses either. That leaves big corporations — like those big, greedy banks — that could be in line for an NDP tax hike. We shall see. But no matter what Horgan promises — and no matter how he crunches his budget numbers — the Liberals will still accuse him of having a secret plan to jack up taxes on everybody. In contrast, Clark and the Liberals have rolled out a modest platform with only small spending increases. “Our plan is costed and paid for — it doesn’t mean higher taxes,” Clark said. Horgan knows the Liberals will skewer his election platform as a big, fat, unaffordable fantasy. And I don’t think he cares one bit. Many people are feeling pinched, stretched and weak in the wallet. The NDP will woo them with big-spending promises — all while miraculously balancing the books — and bet that voters are willing to believe.

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BC Govt declares April as Sikh Heritage Month VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark, leader of Today’s BC Liberals, released the following statement on Vaisakhi: Over the next few days, hundreds of thousands of British Columbians join millions of Sikhs around the world to celebrate Vaisakhi. BC is home of the largest Vaisakhi celebration in North America and possibly anywhere outside of India. It’s a testament to a community that has helped shape B.C. into what it is today: a prosperous, vibrant, multicultural society that is the envy of the world. That’s why we declared this April the first-ever Sikh Heritage Month, and recognized historic places across the province where South Asian Canadians had a

particular impact. As we celebrate the birth of the Khalsa, Vaisakhi is also a chance for families, friends, and neighbours to come together. To all those celebrating Vaisakhi, may the

coming year bring you health, success, and happiness. Lakh Lakh Vadai!

Premier Christy Clark

Uber claims it now has 70,000 riders and 1,500 drivers in Calgary JOEL GRIFFITH Rideshare company Uber announced on Monday it’s beginning to see consistent growth in both riders and drivers throughout Calgary. Ramit Kar, western Canada general manager, said there’s now over 70,000 riders using Uber’s app and close to 1,500 drivers. “Since our relaunch in December, we’ve continued to see steady growth, Ramit Kar, which has made us want to invest and become a bigger part of the Calgary community,” Kar said. “Our growth in Calgary is the direct result of the trust developed between Calgarians and Uber.” Kar said one of Uber’s main goals is to continue to try and limit the amount of single occupancy vehicles on the road, which will lead to less congestion and a more fluid commute. He said Calgarians spent an average of 15.7 hours stuck in peak-hour traffic in 2016, and 70 per cent of Calgarians say they are dissatisfied with travel times on Deerfoot Trail. “By allowing individuals to offer rides with their own vehicles, we optimize the use of cars and offer a strong alternative to single occupancy vehicles,” Kar said. Although many Calgarians are taking the plunge into the Uber world, there are still many who say the taxi cab industry has never steered them wrong. Ray Jones, ward 5 councillor, has been anti-Uber from the beginning and despite the positive growth and reception, he said he’s still “not a fan.”


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Your feelings for your partner might be super intense this week. If you're in a relationship that borders on unhealthy, it's possible you'll even feel consumed or (Mar. 21- April 19) obsessed with your lover, and you will try to manipulate or control your bond. Be honest with yourself if you notice you're feeling extra vulnerable in matters of the heart this week. Above all, remember that the harder you push, the more it'll backfire.

If you and your partner are not on the same page when it comes to handling finances, things could get ugly this week. You might try to maintain control of the (July 23-Aug 22) situation only to meet the most intense resistance you've ever experienced from your mate. Consider enlisting the help of a third party, such as a financial adviser or accountant, to help mediate the situation and offer a logical plan. If you're going to be in this relationship, you'll need to figure out how to do so materially as well as emotionally.

If you suspect that your lover is keeping secrets from you, this week you might feel as if it's impossible to contain your temper. You may very well be correct about your suspicion, (Apr. 20- may 20) but even if you are try not to accuse him or her of the worst. This might be a lie of omission that he or she kept quiet out of a feeling that revealing this information would only hurt you.

It appears that the more you talk to one of your pals about what's happening between you and your mate, the more you'll be frustrated at what you'll hear. In some cases, you might even get the distinct feeling that your pal is trying to sabotage things between you and your partner. If (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) this is the case, you might need to reevaluate how important this friendship really is. Of course, there's also the potential that your pal is actually right. Sometimes, the truth hurts.

You won't do well with ultimatums this week -- especially as they relate to your love life. If your sweetheart is pressuring you to take a backseat to his or her career ambitions, or your own, this might turn into a deal-breaker. Make it clear to your (Nov 22- Dec 21) partner that your love for each other might be very real. If there are any behavior patterns that challenge your ability to hold your mate in high regard, it's time to address them. An office romance might begin to heat up this week. After Wednesday you might decide to make a move and reveal to one of your colleagues that your feelings for him or her are (Dec 22.- Jan. 19) more than "strictly business." If you've felt insecure about doing this in the past, suddenly you're likely to have a change of heart. You might be idealistic about the potential, but the good news is that you aren't likely to be disappointed. Go for it!

You'll have a definite bite to your words this

It appears that the more you talk to one of your pals about what's happening between you and your mate, the more you'll be frustrated at what you'll hear. In some cases, you might even get the distinct feeling that your pal is trying to sabotage (Sept. 23 -Oct. 23) things between you and your partner. If this is the case, you might need to re-evaluate how important this friendship really is. Of course, there's also the potential that your pal is actually right.

If someone in your family doesn't approve of your sweetheart, he or she will surely voice their opinion this week. You won't appreciate how blunt their remarks come across, and it's likely you'll rush to defend your partner -(Jan. 20 -Feb. 19) even if there's a morsel of truth behind what your relative is saying. Alternatively, it could be your mate that is badmouthing someone in your clan. Either way, you'll feel caught in the middle. Not fun.

Your relationship has great potential for improvement and harmony, however, it may appear as if you've taken two giant steps backward this week. Try your best not to engage in any power struggle with your mate this week, especially if (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21) it involves your professional goals or a situation with one of your parents. Remember that the two of you are an amazing source of strength when you work together. Choose to remain on the same side.

You might experience one of the messiest and most passionate weeks you've had in quite some time. If there's a love triangle, or if your lover is hiding something from (Feb. 20 -Mar. 20) you that would be a deal breaker, you're likely to discover the secret information. On a positive note, you may also free yourself from any sexual hang-ups you've had that prevented you from enjoying every drop of your lover.

week, and it appears they're aiming straight toward your sweetheart. You might not mince words when it comes to sharing how you (May 21-June 21)

really feel about a financial problem or other

wrinkle in your otherwise perfect relationship. This appears to be a practical concern -- one that you want to handle together pragmatically. Unfortunately, you also want to be the one in charge of the situation.

The last thing you'll want to do this week is take a financial risk with your sweetheart or loan him or her money. Blending money and love will not be a good idea in any capacity because there's ( June 22-July 22) a strong potential for it leading to a frustrating power struggle, or -- even worse -- feelings of resentment. If your lover asks you for money, or if you get the sense that he or she is using you for what you can offer materially, this will become more of a problem now

Dear SOS Dear SOS: For the last 6

He

(Sabrina Offers Support) used to spend some

years, I have been living with a

nights at his parent’s home and

guy and I just found out that he’s

some nights with me. I got

married with two children. He

suspicious after I heard him

never

talking

introduced

me

to

his

on

the

phone

to

a

parents because he said they will

woman.

not accept me as I am from a

not like one has with a stranger.

different caste than him. Even

I asked him but it but he said it

though it’s 21st century and we

was just a wrong number. And he

both

was just being over friendly.

live

in

Canada,

where

everyone is equal.

The conversation was

He said they wanted him to

that I must check out for myself.

marry a typical Punjabi girl but

I decided when he leaves

he loves me and wants to spend

our place I will follow him for a

his life with me.

week to see if he was meeting

told his parents about us and is

anyone else.

I saw him leaving

working on his parents to accept

his parents house with a woman

our relationship. He said that

and young children. I confronted

they will will one day soon,

him and he said that was his

accept me as their daughter-in-

cousin’s

law and we can get married then.

staying with them. But I didn’t

I was fine with that. He said

believe him so I befriended the

wife

found

children

because his parents are old and

woman

he’s the only son he needs to go to

boyfriend is her husband.

his parents home more often.

and

and

out

to decide, do you still want to stay with

and they don’t see him every day.

this guy?

Finally, he admitted to me that

Obviously, you don’t matter much

he has a wife and he can’t divorce

to him or else he would have told his

her because she’s looking after

family about you. Also, you can’t deny

his parents. He says he loves me

the fact that this man is married with

and it shouldn’t matter to us, as

children and they will always come

nothing will change. He will always love me. He says he doesn’t love her. I don’t believe him. I don’t know what to do?

my

She told me he’s a truck

first. My advice to you is to ditch the guy and the faster you do, the better for you. Or else you will be faced with lifelong

unhappiness

and

compromises. Believe me if you don’t a time will

Shocked in Surrey

I

didn’t believe him so I told myself

And that he’s

driver and stays out of town a lot

come when you will hate him and your life and you will regret the time you

Dear Shocked in Surrey: Why are you so shocked? There must have

have wasted on this man. So that’s why it’s better to get rid of him now.

been clues, six years is a long time to live with a person and not know he’s

Send your questions for Dear SOS

leading a double life. I think you just didn’t want to believe anything negative, that’s why

to Email:staff@apnaroots.com

you ignored everything. Now you have

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Badrinath Ki Dulhania Movie Review:

protects her dreams and for once, doesn’t get emotionally manipulated. Her father’s heart condition be damned!

BRIDE’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICES CRITIC'S RATING: 3.5/5 AVG READERS' RATING: 3.5/5 Rate this movie REVIEW THIS MOVIE Listen to soundtrack CAST: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan DIRECTION: Shashank Khaitan GENRE: Romance DURATION: 2 hours 19 minutes

STORY : Badrinath is looking for a typical bride; Vaidehi is looking for an independent life. Together they must break with tradition and redefine their role REVIEW : Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a rucksack full of radioactive social

issues handled cautiously with bedazzled Dharma gloves. But ‘handled’ is the operative word here. Set in small towns like Jhansi and Kota where patriarchy is as evident as daylight, the movie focuses on Badrinath (Varun Dhawan), a sahukar’s son in pursuit of a bride. He spots Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) at a wedding and starts wooing her. But Vaidehi refuses to bow down to social pressure and succumb to a marriage nurtured by an IV drip of dowry. Turns out she’s that mutant small-town girl with actual opinions and ambitions and most importantly, a spine. And her character is the backbone of this story, too. She’s fierce and real; she’s pushed down but gets back up; he

Through Vaidehi, the movie checks all the important boxes: gender issues, feminism, consent, etc. But the story is treated so stylistically (with elaborate song sequences and flashbacks and cinematic moments) that it loses heat. At times, characters speak like public service announcements, and seem a little contrived. The runtime doesn’t help either. This is a story with an obvious climax, so sitting through two and a half hours to find out what you already know might get uncomfortable. But the

breezy vibe of the movie and back-toback hilarious lines should get you through it. Together, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are the best thing that could have happened to our screens. The beautiful effortlessness of their onscreen companionship plasters a grin on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; you instantly take to him. He even pulls off some high-drama scenes impressively. Bhatt, unsurprisingly, gives it her all, and her sincerity comes through. But her accent, casually swinging between Juhu and Jhansi, is bothersome at times. RSVP Yes to this wedding; it’s grand, with good music, great people and delicious food for thought.

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Affluent Jat Sikh family of professionals, very well- established in Canada from last 45 years, seek match for their Canadian born son 37 years never married, fair, handsome 6 feet, LL.B., LL.M. from a prestigious Canadian Law School and presently partner with a law firm. Divorcees please excuse. Please respond with biodata and photograph at Email: grksingh84@gmail.com

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TANDOOR OVENS FOR SALE

We are looking for witnesses for an accident. If anyone saw an accident that happened on FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 at 8:30 PM on 69 A AVE and close to 150th STREET, SURREY, BC with my HONDA CRV. The other car was silver Dodge Caravan. Please call 604-446-2681.

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Create a customized space for your teen

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Invite your teen to work with you to redesign their room. This shared project can be a creative and fun way to get in touch with their changing tastes, needs and personality. The time spent together will make it a worthwhile experience, while at the same time validating your child's desire for greater individuality and, eventually, a little more independence.

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Picky Eater Approved: Gluten-Free Honey Dijon Vegetable Fritters (NC) Do you want to raise a foodie? If so, take note that a child's palate is set around age three, making the food we feed them during this time the most influential for their future eating preferences. If you have a picky eater at home, odds are their eating preferences include sugary condiments and sauces that are often paired with fatty and notso-nutritional foods. And they are not alone: research shows that only two out of five Canadian children eat their “seven a day.” One of the oldest tricks in the book to improve kid's nutrition is to hide vegetables in a meal, like puréed into a tomato sauce or covered with cheese. At only 15 calories per teaspoon and relatively no fat, Maille Honey Dijon mustard is a versatile ingredient that can make introduction to different foods easier. Use it to make a sweet sauce to serve on top of mixed grilled or baked veggies, or simply add a little bit of sweetness into a dish. Combine it with olive oil and vinegar to make a light

• 2 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 2 tsp Maille Honey Dijon mustard • 1 cup zucchini, finely chopped • 3/4 cup grated carrots • 2 tbsp olive oil • Salt and pepper

vinaigrette and give salads a sweet zing, or with yogurt for an easy, healthy dip that proves how tasty veggies can be. After all, we are more likely to eat more vegetables when we actually enjoy them.

Gluten-Free Crispy Vegetable Fritters Ingredients:

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