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he Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that it has reached a settlement with Bell Canada over the company’s unauthorized telemarketing practices. The CRTC has issued a notice of violation, and Bell Canada has paid an administrative monetary penalty of $1.3 million to the Receiver General for Canada. Between January and October of this year, calls were made to consumers who had registered their numbers on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) or who were or should have been on Bell Canada’s internal do not call list. These telemarketing practices are contrary to the National DNCL Rules. The CRTC’s investigation found that the calls originated from independent telemarketers hired by Bell Canada to promote and sell its television, telephone, wireless and Internet services. “All telemarketers must respect the wishes of Canadians who have registered their telephone number on the National DNCL or requested that a telemar-
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Reminding Canadians How to Safely Consume Leftovers This Holiday Season
Canadians traditionally enjoy gathering with family and friends for parties, pot lucks, and family gatherings over the holidays and these gatherings regularly generate leftovers. Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some basic steps they can take to ensure that leftovers are eaten safely to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season. Leftovers can be very safe to eat and enjoyed as long as certain foodhandling practices are followed: Handling leftovers • Before and after handling leftovers, wash your hands with hot soapy water, as well as all utensils, dishes and work surfaces. • For added protection, you may want to sanitize utensils, dishes and work surfaces. Normal household sanitizers or a mild bleach solution (5 ml/1 tsp. bleach per 750 ml/3 cups water) may be used. • Keep foods out of the danger zone, between 4°C (40°F) and 60°C (140°F) to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. • Throw away any cooked food left out for more than two hours. • Never rely on your nose, eyes or taste buds to judge the safety of food. You cannot tell if food is contaminated by its look, smell or taste. • When in doubt, throw it out! Cooling leftovers • Refrigerate all leftovers promptly in uncovered, shallow containers so they cool quickly. • Very hot items can first be cooled at room temperature. Refrigerate once steaming stops. • Leave the lid off or wrap loosely until the food is cooled to refrigeration temperature. • Avoid overstocking the refrigerator to allow cool air to circulate freely. Storing leftovers • Always use a clean container to hold leftovers, or wrap leftovers in leak-proof plastic bags to prevent
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(NC)—A shovelful of snow can weight 5-7 pounds. Imagine the weight you have to lift to clear your sidewalk or driveway. The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors offers the following tips
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IBC releases annual list of top 10 stolen vehicles Insurers continue the fight against auto theft
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles. Again in 2010, the appearance of high-value, allwheel/four-wheel drive models on the list demonstrates that sophisticated, organized crime rings are involved. These types of vehicles are frequently targeted by criminal organizations that strip them for parts, re-sell them to unsuspecting consumers or export them to countries where there is a high demand for upscale vehicles that can handle rugged terrain. Last month the federal government passed Bill S-9, Tackling Auto Theft and Property Obtained by Crime Act, which gives Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) the authority to seize stolen vehicles intended for export. The top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada are: 1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 2. 1999 Honda Civic SiR 2-door 3. 2002 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD 4. 2004 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD 5. 2005 Acura RSX Type S 2-door 6. 1997 Acura Integra 2-door 7. 2000 Audi S4 Quattro 4-door AWD 8. 2003 Hummer H2 4-door AWD 9. 2006 Acura RSX Type S 2-door 10. 2004 Hummer H2 4-door AWD “IBC congratulates the federal government for cracking down on organized crime and auto theft for export, and for making the safety and security of Canadians a priority,” said Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC. “IBC will continue to work vigorously with law enforcement and government agencies across Canada to fight auto theft and recover stolen vehicles before they leave the country.” Bill S-9 makes changes to the Criminal Code,
including: making a separate offence for motor vehicle theft supported by tough sentences, creating the offence of altering, destroying or removing a vehicle identification number (VIN), and creating the offences of trafficking property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking. IBC in partnership with CBSA and local law enforcement agencies located at the ports of Montreal and Halifax have seized 600 stolen vehicles worth $18 million this year to date. Including vehicles that were repatriated from overseas and those recovered using licence-plate reader technology, the value of stolen vehicles recovered by IBC in 2010 jumps to $30.7 million. IBC will be arguing for the expansion of the ports program to the port of Vancouver for 2011. Auto theft by the numbers: • According to Statistics Canada, 108,172 vehi cles were stolen in Canada in 2009, a drop of 15% from 2008. • In 2009, auto theft cost Canadian insurers $419 million; when one adds emergency re sponse, court, policing, legal and out-of-pocket expenses, such as deductibles, the total cost of auto theft each year in Canada approaches $1 billion. “In addition to sophisticated crime rings that operate as businesses, transportation theft (or so-called ‘joy riding’) still exists,” added Dubin. “This type of theft is committed by someone just looking for a car that’s easy to steal, which can be used for transportation or to commit other crimes. The difference is that cars stolen for these purposes are often abandoned and found. Cars stolen by organized crime rings disappear.” A professional thief can steal a car in about 30
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Competition Bureau Challenges Visa and MasterCard’s Anti-competitive Rules
The Competition Bureau has announced that it has filed an application with the Competition Tribunal, to strike down restrictive and anti-competitive rules that Visa and MasterCard impose on merchants who accept their credit cards. The Commissioner of Competition alleges that these rules have effectively eliminated competition between Visa and MasterCard for merchants’ acceptance of their credit cards, resulting in increased costs to businesses and, ultimately, consumers. Merchants in Canada pay an estimated $5 billion annually in hidden credit card fees. The anti-competitive restraints on merchants result in higher prices for all consumers, whether they pay by cash, cheque, debit or credit, because merchants pass along some or all of the high costs they are forced to pay as a result of Visa’s and MasterCard’s anti-competitive rules. “Visa and MasterCard’s anti-competitive behaviour hurts businesses and consumers alike,” said Melanie Aitken, Commissioner of Competition. “It is particularly harmful for small and medium sized
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With high volumes this time of year, Canada Post wants to remind Canadians of a few simple steps they can take to protect their mail. The most important is to pick up your mail as soon as possible after it has been delivered. “Mail theft like any theft of personal property can lead to financial loss and considerable inconvenience,” said Ted Upshaw, General Manager of Security and Investigations at Canada Post. “We want to ensure our customers can take advantage of a few services that can help them and avoid this uncessary grief.” Other tips include:
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D R I N K W AT E R R O A D N E I G H B O U R H O O D W AT C H The residents of this neat and tidy neighbourhood have been working together in their Neighbourhood Watch program for the past two years. In the beginning they got together to address a crime concern on their street, but they soon moved beyond that when they realized they had a common desire to make their neighbourhood a great place to live. Since then, they’ve organized annual street barbecues and pot-luck dinners, with lots of activities for children, families and seniors. Their fun-filled block parties have turned neighbours into friends and Drinkwater Road into a caring, safe place to live. Congratulations.
remarkable milestone goes beyond a strong workplace safety program; it is only achieved when employees put safety first, and create a dynamic safety culture where they look out for one another. The employees of Hydro One Brampton do this very well, both on and off-the-job. After work hours, they contribute many hours of volunteer time supporting community causes such as Brampton Safe City, Alzheimer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Sickkids Foundation, Ride to Conquer Cancer, CIBC Run for the Cure, The Knights Table, United Way, Wellspring Cancer Support Centre and others. Thank you for being a tremendous inspiration to employee groups across our city, and for everything you do to make Brampton a great place to live.
2010 GAEL MILES YOUTH AWARD FOR SAFETY 2010 FIRE SAFETY AWARD Founded by Barbara Underhill and Rick Gaetz, the Stephanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation was launched On May 26th, 1998. The Foundation works together with a variety of safety groups to support and fund safety related programs for children in schools and communities across Canada. Through their partnership with Brampton Fire & Emergency Services, the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre, Home of Stephanie’s Place, has grown to become an internationally recognized facility for safety awareness and education.
The Brampton Safe City Association recently hosted its 28th Annual Brampton Safe City Awards at the Riverstone Golf & Country Club. Each year the Stephanie Gaetz Association and its Community Partners recognize citizens, businesses and community groups helping to make Brampton a safer community. Manan Gupta, Editor & Publisher of Road Today was awarded the ‘2010 Volunteer of the Year Award for Safety’ at the event. Manan, in addition to chairing the Brampton Road Safety Committee, volunteers for numerous community initiatives including St John Ambulance’s Red Nose Campaign, MTO’s Road Safety Challenge, Road Connections Safety Group, Safety Drives Us and Brampton Safe City Association (current Secretary of the Board of Directors). Dignitaries present at the event included Emil Kolb, Chair Region of Peel, John Sanderson, Gael Miles, Elaine Moore (all Regional Councilors), Brampton’s Fire Chief Andy MacDonald, Peel’s Assistant Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa amongst others. The Brampton Safe City Partnership, a coalition of more than 30 community partners, focuses on Barbara, Rick, and the Foundation have helped bring fire safety messages to thousands of children each year, and continue to be an inspiration in keeping children safe.
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Behind every great project is a champion; someone who envisions the goal, overcomes the challenges and leads the way for others. Gaurav Sharma is such a champion. In 2009, he conceived the idea of a skating camp for younger children who would not otherwise have the chance to learn to skate. Already a busy student in his high school graduation year and President of the Chinguacousy Secondary School Student Council, Gaurav created the Youth Opportunities Through Community Project (YO!TC), acquired the funding needed, recruited his peers as volunteers and stick-handled his team through the complex challenges of permits and permissions. He simply would not quit until the job was done! As a result, more than 40 young teens learned to skate, and experienced the benefits of being part of a positive social group. Gaurav has also worked with kids as a volunteer mentor at a learning disabilities association summer camp and tutor in a credit recovery program. In 2009, he won the prestigious Weston Loran Award, a national scholarship competition where he competed with 3,300 applicants from across the country. This award is granted on the basis of character, community service, leadership potential and academic performance. Congratulations Gaurav, and thank you for inspiring other young people to achieve their dreams.
eight key areas of safety: children’s safety, youth violence prevention, road safety, crime reduction, workplace safety, seniors’ safety, emergency preparedness, and fire safety. Its mission is to make Brampton a safer community by reducing the number of injuries and injury-related fatalities happening to citizens and visitors; and to maintain the city’s status as a Designated International Safe Community. For more info, visit www.bramptonsafecity.ca List of Award Recipients • Gaurav Sharma 2010 Gael Miles Youth Award for Safety • Drinkwater Road Neighbourhood Watch 2010 Neighbourhood Watch Safety Award • Employees of Hydro One Brampton 2010 Business Award for Safety • Stephanie Gaetz KeepSafe Foundation 2010 Fire Safety Award • Manan Gupta Volunteer of the Year Award for Safety • Tina Hickey 2010 Children’s Safety Award
CITY OF BRAMPTON WEB PORTAL RECOGNIZED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The City of Brampton is the proud recipient of a 2010 Gold Medal Distinction Award for its Citizens Service Portal Solution. The award was recently presented at the GTEC 2010 national technology conference in Ottawa GTEC 2010 is a national forum on the use of technology to improve government services and operations. The Distinction Awards recognize innovation, excellence, and leadership in service delivery in Canada’s public sector. The initiative was awarded in the Municipal Category for Service Delivery to Citizens and Businesses. “I am so proud of our online efforts. The goal of this project has been to ensure that our web portal offers our residents, businesses and corporate partners a positive and valuable customer focused online experience,” says Mayor Susan Fennell. “I congratu-
late everyone involved for their excellent work on this initiative.” The City of Brampton developed its new serviceoriented portal solution, www.brampton.ca on the Microsoft and Cisco platforms, which was launched in December 2009. Some popular online services now available include parking permissions and ticket payment processing, downloadable permit forms, recreation program registration, access to Brampton business opportunities, interactive mapping tools and other information, news and media. The City plans to provide more online services and continues to explore new and innovative ways to reconnect with citizens and businesses using www.brampton.ca. Since 2000, the City has been recognized at the GTEC conference, winning three silver medals. This is the first GTEC Gold Medal for the City.
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Art enthusiasts are invited to reconnect with the Peel Heritage Complex’s permanent collection when it hits the road early in 2011, making a trip to the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre from Jan. 8 until Feb. 6, 2011. “Featured in this special exhibit are donations from John and Gisela Sommer, who operated Gallery House Sol for four decades out of their Georgetown home,” said Diane Allengame, Acting Manager, Peel Heritage Complex. “The Sommers offered many artists the first exposure for their work.” The Sommer family generously donated close to 200 works of contemporary and historic printmaking to the Peel Heritage Complex, along with examples of photography, sculpture and painting. Canadian artists of regional and national reputation will be featured at the Joshua Creek exhibit, including Jack Bush, Jack Chambers, A. J. Casson and Barker Fairley. An opening reception will take place on Jan. 16, 2011 from 2 - 4 p.m. On hand to discuss the exhibition will be John and Gisela Sommer, along
with Judy Daley, Acting Curator at the Peel Heritage Complex. The Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd., E. Oakville. Regular hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment. Visit joshuacreekarts.com for more information. The Peel Heritage Complex is making history. A $10 million restoration and construction project commenced in March 2010 to enhance the land and buildings that hold the Region of Peel’s museum, archives and art gallery. The Peel Heritage Complex is temporarily closed until fall 2011 due to construction. The Peel Heritage Complex collects, preserves and displays art, artifacts and archival documents significant to Peel’s culture and heritage. Operated by the Region of Peel, the Peel Heritage Complex is located at 9 Wellington St., E. in Brampton. Visit peelheritagecomplex.org for more information.
It’s that time of year again. The time that passengers are finalizing their travel plans and airport employees are getting ready to greet them. “Guests travelling through Toronto Pearson this holiday season are going to be treated to some new Christmas touches,” said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the GTAA. “We want to give our guests the best travel experience possible. We are hoping that our holiday carollers, storytellers and happy holiday helpers will put a smile on passengers’ faces as they travel through our airport.” To help guests enjoy a bit of the season at a time when the airport is very busy, between December 17 and 24, guests will be delighted by holiday carollers in Terminals 1 and 3 at various times and locations. Mrs. Claus and some elves have stolen themselves away from the hustle and bustle of the North Pole and will be on hand to read Christmas stories to children waiting for their flights. Scores of holiday helpers sporting striped scarves will be handing out candy canes to add an extra touch of the holiday spirit to our guests. Special Christmas services are planned in the
Terminal 1 Chapel for guests and airport staff who will be at the airport during the holidays. These services are scheduled at various times over the Christmas weekend. All are welcome to join in these services. Weather can present some challenges for travel at this time of year. Toronto Pearson is very proud of its winter operations successes and is intent on maintaining its strong on-time performance record this winter season. The team of experts that oversee snow removal, aircraft deicing and overall winter operations is second to none and is committed to keeping Toronto Pearson open and running safely and efficiently all winter. Passengers are reminded again at this busy time of year to be aware of restrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols when packing their carry-on luggage. These items must be packed in 100 ml containers and fit into one clear and resealable plastic bag. A single 1L bag is permitted per passenger. Passengers travelling with gifts in their carry on luggage are also reminded to leave gifts unwrapped as packages may be subject to inspection at security check points.
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For the past decade MTO has in- years from date of manufacture. troduced a series of weights and di“Phase 4 is just another example mensions reforms aimed at increasing of how weights and dimensions reguthe safety performance of commercial lations in OntarioDevelopment continue to be reBrampton’s Economic Offi ce vehicle designs, while at the same time defined in a co-operative government (EDO) recently hosted the second of a series of ensuring vehicle indust rpartnery-le ad breakfast seminars on growing markets, designs remain initiative. In ship opportunities and how businesses can expand Simplification of weight productive. Phase this case OTA their markets globally. 1 which commembers were The Business Ambassador Breakfast was held at tables, significant menced in 2001 at the negotiatthe Courtyard Marriott in Brampton, and touched grandfathering for and theingUnited examined tri-axle tableStates. from on doing business in Mexico trailers, and the the get-go The EDO, in conjunction the Boardand of existing vehicles and withMTO phases continued Trade, launched the breakfast series earlierwas thisvery year with dump semi receptive to flexibility for carriers to give local business ownersto a chance to learn more trailers in 2002, our members about growing markets, partnership opportunities spec wide single tires multi axle units concerns. 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MTO Streamlines Commercial Driver Medical Review Process
At the urging of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), the Ontario Ministry of Transport (MTO) has amended the Highway Traffic Act to streamline the commercial driver medical review process and eliminate the unnecessary medical waiver program, while continuing to apply existing national medical standards. “We are pleased MTO has taken this step to improve the efficiency of the commercial driver medical review process while maintaining its integrity,” said Geoff Wood, Vice President of Operations at OTA. “This will reduce paperwork for drivers, carriers and physicians.”
Currently, commercial drivers who do not meet the medical standards of the Highway Traffic Act must apply for a waiver which they are granted if they meet the national medical standards for their licence class. On January 1, 2011, commercial driver’s medical reports will continue to be assessed against the national medical standards but they will no longer have to apply for a “waiver.” In cases where the higher class of licence is denied due to medical reasons and the licence is downgraded, the driver will retain the same right of appeal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal they currently have.
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A new poll by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reveals that many Canadians do consider alternatives to driving after drinking. The public opinion poll conducted in September investigated Canadians’ behaviours and actions when faced with the personal decision to drink and drive. When asked if they ever decided to use alternative strategies to avoid driving when they had been drinking, 48% of respondents said they’d decided to ask someone else to drive and 30% answered they waited a few hours until they were sober. Only 14% answered they ever considered public transport while 19% considered taking a taxi. In November 2010, TIRF, arrive alive DRIVE SOBER and Student Life Education Company launched Change the Conversation - www.changetheconversation.ca - a national education program to reduce impaired driving sponsored by the Brewers Association of Canada. At the heart of the program is the element of getting to drinking drivers through their friends and family who don’t drive after drinking. “What we’re seeing are that alternative solutions seem to work for the majority who drink,” explains
Ward Vanlaar, lead researcher and Vice President Research at TIRF. “This information is useful in convincing drinking drivers to consider alternatives, especially during the holiday season, by demonstrating that driving after drinking is not the social norm.” “Armed with information from research like the Road Safety Monitor and by using distribution channels like Change the Conversation, we hope to reach the small cohort of drivers who continue to make the wrong decision by driving while impaired,” says Ian Faris, President & CEO of the Brewers Association of Canada. The survey also discovered that Canadians are quite vocal when it comes to expressing their concern over another person driving after drinking. A clear majority (87%) of those polled said that they have asked a person not to drive because they thought that person drank too much. According to official statistics, in 2008, 790 Canadians were killed in a traffic crash involving a drinking driver. This represents a decrease since 2006 and is below the 2004 number of 815, the lowest count from 1995 through 2007.
As with previous Road Safety Monitor polls, researchers asked respondents to look at their driving habits after drinking. About 5.5% of Canadians admitted to driving when they thought they were over the legal limit in the past 12 months. This confirms the considerable drop from 8.2% in 2007. When asked if they had driven after consuming any amount of alcohol in the past 30 days in 2010, more than 24 per cent of Canadians polled admitted to doing so. This includes drinking and driving after consuming lower levels of alcohol and levels below the legal or administrative limits (where they exist). “The message really is that people admitting to driving while they thought they were over the legal limit has dropped, therefore reducing the risk to themselves and others,” explains Vanlaar. “This appears to be in line with the drop in alcohol-related fatalities across Canada. A clearer picture will appear with more monitoring of the trend.” For the third year in a row, the poll included a closer examination of regional drinking and driving attitudes and behaviours.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation into irregular financial transactions between provincial government ministries and a vendor has resulted in criminal charges being laid against four people. The investigation by the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch began in September, 2009 following an internal audit by the Ontario Government. The investigation focused on irregular financial transactions relating to cash and cleaning services between a vendor and employees of several provincial Ministries. As part of the investigation, the OPP executed 9 search warrants at impacted ministry offices and residences. This complex investigation involved a thorough examination of a significant amount of evidence. As a result of the investigation, the OPP have ar-
rested and charged the following people with the following criminal offences: Gino CONICELLA, 47 years of age of Woodbridge, Ontario, with one count of Breach of Trust and one count of Accepting a Secret Commission. The accused is a Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. The offences occurred in 2010. Michaele DEPACE, 47 years of age of Toronto, Ontario, with one count of Breach of Trust, one count of Accepting a Secret Commission, one count of Fraud Over $5,000 and one count of Uttering a Forged Document. The accused is an employee of the Facilities Management Office of the Ministry of Transportation. The offences occurred between 2004 and 2010. Kathy PAGLIAROLI, 40 years of age of Wood-
bridge, Ontario, with one count of Breach of Trust and one count of Accepting a Secret Commission. The accused is a Business Support Analyst with the Ministry of Transportation. The offences occurred in 2010. Ivanna PRESOT, 46 years of age of Toronto, Ontario, with one count of Fraud Under $5,000. The accused is a Customer Service Manager with CB Richard Ellis Global Corporate Services. The offence occurred in 2010. All four individuals are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court, of Justice at Old City Hall in Toronto, Ontario. CONICELLA and DEPACE will appear on January 31, 2011 and PRESOT and PAGLIAROLI will appear on February 3, 2011. The police investigation is continuing.
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Over 600,000 people die every year by passive smoking: WHO
Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause more than 600,000 deaths a year worldwide, 165,000 of them among children younger than 5, according to a World Health Organisation research group. The group urged policymakers to immediately enforce the global body’s framework convention on tobacco control to create smoke-free environments in all indoor workplaces as well as in public places and on public transport. The study, which the group claims is the first global estimate of deaths from the exposure to secondhand smoke, was recently released in British medical journal The Lancet.
Analysing data from 192 countries, the group found that 40 per cent of children younger than 15, 35 per cent of female nonsmokers and 33 per cent of male nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide in 2004. This exposure led to heart disease, respiratory infections, asthma and lung cancer, resulting in 603,000 deaths that year, accounting for about 1.0 per cent of worldwide deaths, it said.
Smokers are not only putting themselves at risk, but also the 1.8 billion nonsmokers, the group said, concluding that some 5.7 million deaths per year worldwide are attributable to tobacco including passive smoking, combined with an estimated 5.1 million deaths among smokers due to tobacco-related causes.
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Ontario is eliminating waste and finding savings by proposing to ban public sector perks, eliminate unnecessary government agencies and cancelling awards. The proposed ban on perks would eliminate funding throughout the broader public sector for things like golf memberships, season tickets to sporting events or lump sum payments for travel without receipts. Proposed legislation would impact hospitals, universities and all government agencies. The number of government agencies will also be reduced by 5 per cent. Some agencies have functions that could be performed within government or cease to exist, and some have overlapping responsibilities or could be amalgamated. The province will also discontinue both the Discovery and Catalyst Awards, saving taxpayers close to $2.5 million annually. Ontario’s projected deficit is 25 per cent lower than one year ago. The government has taken other restraint measures including: • 3 year salary freeze for all MPPs • 2 year compensation freeze for non-bargaining broader public sector employees • Reducing the size of the Ontario Public Service by 5 per cent • Cut reliance on outside consultants by 50 percent, so far In the coming months the government will be announcing further measures to find savings that can be used to protect public services in schools and hospitals, and reduce the deficit.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Immigration and Passport Section has arrested a 53year-old employee of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in connection with a complaint that originated from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. On December 15th, 2010 the investigators executed a search warrant at the residence in Toronto of George Gonsalves Barriero in connection with this investigation. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee who worked at the office in Etobicoke, Ontario was arrested and is now facing three counts of breach of trust contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal Code. The investigators are alleging that George
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Sachin is Castrol’s brand ambassador Lubricant manufacturer, Castrol India has roped in Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador for the next two years. The ace cricketer will promote Castrol’s brands like Castrol Power1, Activ and GTX, and be the face of its cricket initiatives. Castrol had recently tied-up as the official performance partner of the ICC until the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Tendulkar endorses close to 14 brands including ITC’s Sunfeast, Adidas, Aviva Life Insurance, Royal Bank of Scotland, appliances major Toshiba among others. There are also talks about Coca-Cola signing the batting maestro for the world cup. Sachin Tendulkar recently became the first player to score 50 test centuries during the first test between India and South Africa played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
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‘Munni’ Malaika shoots Zandu Balm commercial Malaika Arora Khan made the whole nation swoon to her beats with ‘Munni Badnaam’ earlier this year, so much so that it even boosted the sales of Zandu Balm. The actress in fact was even roped in by the makers of Zandu Balm for a special promotional campaign. Malaika recently shot for the Zandu Balm commercial in 3 different languages namely Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. While the Hindi commercial features only Malaika, in the Tamil one, she would be seen alongside South superstar Suriya and in the Telugu one alongside NTR Junior. Apparently, all the three commercials have been shot atop a train a-la ‘Chaiyyan Chaiyyan’ and have been choreographed by Prabhudeva.
Zuckerberg beat out WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Assange, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Chilean miners to become the Person of the Year 2010 by the prestigious magazine. He joins the long annual list of eminent persons Ben Bernanke, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, which was started by the Time magazine in 1927. Managing editor Richard Stengel said Zuckerberg’s Facebook was “transforming the way we live our lives every day.” “Being named as Time Person of the Year is a real honour and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that,” Zuckerberg said. The Time said Zuckerberg is part of the last generation of human beings who will remember life before the Internet, though only just. In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the US, the magazine wrote. “One out of every dozen people on the planet has a Facebook account. They speak 75 languages and collectively lavish more than 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month,” the magazine said. “Last month the site accounted for 1 out of 4 American page views. Its membership is currently growing at a rate of about 700,000 people a day.” “In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the US. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India,” the magazine said. Last year’s winner was US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and US President Barack Obama won in 2008. The runners up are - The Tea Party, Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai, and the Chilean Miners. Time Magazine has been naming a person since 1927.
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