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Federal gov’t buys Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5-billion

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he Trudeau government is taking an extraordinary step in its push to ship more oil sands crude to global markets and will buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5-billion after the company lost interest in an expansion project beset by fierce opposition from environmentalists, Indigenous groups and the B.C. government. This move – which amounts to a nationalization of what Ottawa considers a critical-infrastructure project – came after Kinder Morgan signalled it wanted to walk away from plans to expand the existing pipeline

between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., even though the Liberal cabinet had earlier offered to indemnify it against financial losses. It is the largest federal government intervention since 2009, when Ottawa joined the Ontario government to advance more than $13.3-billion to help keep Chrysler and General Motors afloat. Back then, however, a larger financial crisis was

Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra are reportedly dating: ‘It’s a good match’

playing out. The Liberal government has become a champion of the Trans Mountain expansion to back the policy objective of diversifying oil markets beyond the United States – where 99 per cent of Canadian crude exports currently go. Oil producers in Canada are paid less for their product than other crude producers, in part because bitumen production is increasing beyond pipeline capacity. Ottawa’s intervention does not secure the future of the Trans Continued on page 6

Man arrested, released following series of Surrey sexual assaults

Ummm, WHAT? In a romance move no one saw coming, former ‘Quantico’ star Priyanka Chopra is reportedly dating Nick Jonas. We’ve got all the details on the new couple’s recent outings. Attending pal Meghan Markle‘s dreamy royal wedding on May 19 must have made Priyanka Chopra want to find a prince of her own. Just a week after the biggest nuptials of the year, the former Quantico star has been spotted on several dates with singer Nick Jonas. The 35-year-old former Miss World and the 25-year-old “Jealous� crooner took in a Los Angeles Dodgers game together on May 24 and the next night reportedly hit up a performance of Beauty and the Beast Live concert at the Hollywood Continued on page 7

Surrey RCMP say a man has been arrested and released after a series of sexual assaults in the Newton area over the past few weeks. Cpl. Elenore Sturko said the public is being reminded to stay alert, avoid walking alone and plan routes to avoid isolated areas, but the advisory isn’t strictly related to this suspect being at large. Police are continuing to investigate the incidents — most of which Sturko describes as gropings — Continued on page 11

Sexual violence is holding back the rise of India

Tandoori Flame - North America’s largest restaurant opens in Delta

There are two things New Delhi marketing executive Khyati Malhotra never leaves home without: Her taser and a pepper spray. It’s just part of the investment she makes to stay safe in a country where crimes reported against women have surged over 80 percent in a decade What does it cost to keep India’s women safe? and deadly cases of sexual violence often roil cities and villages. So a chunk of Malhotra’s salary goes into a car and driver to avoid the dangers of public transport, where women are cat-called, groped and assaulted. Continued on page 6

Tandoori Flame, which brands itself as North America’s largest South Asian Restaurant, opens for business in SurreyDelta yesterday. Located on the border of Surrey-Delta, Tandoori Flame is the city’s newest dining spot offering local foodies and residents the best of Indian food with close to 150+ food items and 12 food stations. Tandoori Flame is a family-run restaurant Continued on page 7

 

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fire that broke out in an abandoned home spread to three neighbouring houses in Vancouver on Thursday morning, leaving at least one family homeless. Flames broke out in the vacant house on Prior Street near Gore Avenue just before 6 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the home fully engulfed, with flames spreading quickly through the dense Strathcona block. One of the houses directly next door to the abandoned house — where the fire started — had considerable damage to the upper floor. A statement from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services said crews were able to enter the two homes directly surrounding the

and help families Neighbouring homes burned after abandoned house fire in Vancouver fire escape safely.

Those homes were badly damaged on the upper floors before fire was put out. Annie Lee lived inside one of the neighbouring houses. She said her son woke her up after he heard popping sounds, then noticed flames. After being rescued, Lee sat hunched on a nearby bench and watched her home burn. “I don’t know what to do,” she said, adding that the family didn’t have insurance. A fourth house was also damaged in the fire. Firefighters couldn’t get inside safely as there was hoarding inside. Later, crews were told the only person living in the home had escaped with a neighbour’s help. Empty house fires down It was ASK ABOUT OUR EVENING CLASSES! Vancouver’s fifth vacant house fire of 2018 — a “significant” drop from 19 in 2017 and 35 in 2016. VFRS Capt. Jonathan Gormick said the drop is largely due to a new bylaw which adds stiff penalties for vacant homeowners who don’t board up their homes to deter squatters and vandals. Jonathan Head lives in the area and said there’d been complaints about people breaking into the empty home in the past. “Something needs to be done so that our block doesn’t catch on fire,” he said. Late Thursday, the City of Vancouver said there have been “numerous complaints” about the abandoned home The owners were ordered to clean up the property, fix unsafe conditions, fence the property and board up the house. When they didn’t comply, the city sent contractors to do it. The latest complaint came on May 23, just eight days before the fire. An inspector requested another cleanup order be sent to the owners, but the city said it wasn’t done before Thursday. Another boardedup home, across the alley from the house that burned, was also the subject of complaints on May 23. The city said the owner of that property was told to fix up the landscaping, but the city found the fencing Financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants. | *jobbank.gc.ca and boarding were up to bylaw standards.

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13-year-old girl dies after hair catches fire at backyard firepit A 13-year-old girl has died after catching fire at a backyard firepit in British Columbia, leaving her family searching for answers about what exactly happened. Lynn Peerless says she looked out her backyard window in Terrace last week when she heard her daughter Grace screaming and saw her hair on fire. “I yelled at her to stop, drop and roll and I yelled at my son who was also home at the time to grab the garden hose, because I saw her on fire,’’ Peerless said in an interview Thursday. “I’ll never forget looking out my window and seeing my daughter with her hair on fire.’’

Firepit ‘impossible’ to fall into, mother says Peerless said the family was burning some branches from a fallen tree in the firepit, which she described as an old washing machine mounted on a pole 45 to 60 centimetres off the ground, making it “impossible’’ to fall into. Grace was alone, she said, so no one saw the fire spread, but Peerless believes an ember may have landed on

her daughter’s hair or clothing. Hairspray may have acted as an accelerant. Doctors told her that Grace had a 95 per cent chance of surviving, before she was taken to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for treatment, she said. After spending time with Grace in the hospital, Peerless went to the Easter Seals House to get some sleep for the first time in almost three days. That’s

when she was told Grace had experienced medical complications. Peerless’ mother said the family was burning some branches from a fallen tree in the firepit, which was built in a way that made it “impossible” to fall into. BC Coroners Service is investigating the exact cause of death, but Peerless said she was told Grace had mostly second-degree burns to between 25 and 30 per cent of her body. She was scheduled for surgery before she went into cardiac arrest.

Police summon Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan in IPL betting case

Winner ofBC’s largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot allowed to stay anonymous

Thane Police on Friday summoned actor Arbaaz Khan, better known as superstar Salman Khan’s older brother, for his alleged links to a bookie who is accused of operating a betting racket in connection with the latest edition of IPL. According to sources here, the Thane police have asked Khan to appear before them on Saturday. Khan was summoned after his name allegedly appeared in a diary belonging to bookie Sonu Jalan. Jalan along with three of his associates were arrested last month after they were found to be operating a website on which bets relating to IPL matches were being accepted. Encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who heads the anti-extortion cell of the Thane police, had busted the gambling racket that may have collected as much as Rs 100 crore in the last few weeks, police sources said. According to the police Jalan, who also goes by the nickname Sonu Malad, is linked to gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Police sources say, the dairies recovered from Jalan indicate that Khan may have paid a few crore rupees to the alleged bookie.

B.C. Lottery Corporation is allowing the winner of B.C.’s largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot to remain anonymous. The winning ticket in the record $30-million April 25 draw was purchased at the IGA grocery store on Parkway Boulevard in Coquitlam. You won’t, however, be seeing the customary photo of the lucky person posing with a giant novelty cheque. The winner asked that their name not be made public. The BCLC — despite having a policy that requires all winners to agree to have their name, photo and hometown published — said it granted the request following an investigation that included consulting with independent third-party sources. “Based on this investigation, BCLC has made the rare decision to grant the winner’s request for anonymity. BCLC grants anonymity on a case-by-case basis, as every situation is unique. The circumstances must be extraordinary and substantiated with evidence that is verifiable and capable of independent confirmation,” the BCLC said in a release. This is the fourth time in three years that the BCLC has granted a lotto winner anonymity, but the other prizes were all less than $100,000. The BCLC would not comment on the specifics of the latest privacy request or if it related to concerns about personal safety. According the lottery corporation’s posted policy, a winner may request privacy and “the BCLC, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the basis of the request, such as a serious threat to a winner’s safety.

For the first time since 2015, the Nanos federal ballot tracking has the federal Conservative party in the lead. According to the latest national ballot support which asks Canadians who they’d consider voting for federally: 36 per cent of respondents said the Conservative Party; 33 per cent said they support the Liberals; and19.8 per cent said they would back the NDP. The ballot tracking has the Green Party at 6.4 per cent and the Bloc Quebecois at 4 per cent. “Hypothetically if there was an election held today we could be looking at a Conservative minority government, and not good news, I would say, for the Liberals,” said pollster Nik Nanos on CTV’s Power Play. Nanos, who is the founder of Nanos Research, said the reasons for the shift putting the Tories

Tories top Liberals in latest Nanos federal ballot survey on top is fatigue with the current federal government, and the impacts some regions of the country are having on the federal fortunes. Ontario, the Conservatives are polling higher than the Liberals and the NDP. “When the numbers start turning in Ontario, because it is the biggest part of the subsample, they move the national numbers,” said Nanos. In Ontario Liberal 33.3 - Conservative 41.4 - NDP 21.4 “What we’ve seen is, coincidentally with the provincial election, the Liberal numbers going down... When people hear the word ‘Liberal’ in Ontario, they’re not thinking positive thoughts,” Nanos said. “I think the Liberals have to hope that this phenomenon in Ontario is a short-term

thing fiercely related to the provincial election.” Amid the ongoing uncertainty around the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, Liberal support is the lowest in the prairies, where they are doing worse than both the Conservatives and the NDP. “It’s a lock,” Nanos said of the Conservative stronghold in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This boost to the Conservatives comes despite the Liberal government’s backing of Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley in the push for the Trans Mountain project to get built. In the Prairies: Liberal 18.1 Conservative 53.1 - NDP 19.5As for British Columbia, the Conservatives are tied for support with the Liberals, and both

are doing better than the NDP, which is federally onside with B.C. NDP Premier. In BC Liberal 33 - Conservative 33 - NDP 16.3 “It speaks to British Columbia being in play. It’s like that confluence of pipeline politics and the environment and the Liberals getting squeezed and people getting grumpy on that front,” Nanos said. For Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who is celebrating his oneyear anniversary of leading the party, now is the time to try to capitalize, Nanos said. “For Andrew Scheer this is an opportunity. He’s got to nail the Liberal brand in Ontario and try to kind of spread the provincial malaise up to the federal level in order to consolidate some of the Conservative gains that are looking to happen right now,” said Nanos.


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OPINION

By Emer O’Toole

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A global uprising against rape case injustices

Tens of thousands of people marched in Spain in April, protesting for three days over a court’s failure to convict five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016. The men had offered to walk the teenager to her car but instead they took her to the lobby of a nearby building, attacked her, then stole her phone. She was found crying on a bench. Videos of the assault shot by the accused were used in court as evidence that the victim - who stayed still and closed her eyes - was consenting. The court decreed that there had been no violence or intimidation and therefore convicted the men of the lesser charge of sexual abuse. By this logic, a victim can’t be raped unless she screams and fights back. Yet overwhelming evidence tells us that the majority of rape victims do not do this: they freeze. Protesters chanted “This justice is bullshit!” after the verdict was read out. The Spanish demonstrations came on the heels of fiery rallies in Ireland following the acquittal of two rugby players on all charges

of the rape and sexual assault of a 19-year-old Belfast student. The woman’s underwear had been passed around the courtroom. She was on the stand for eight days, while the men, by comparison, testified for a half-day each. As the official statement of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre emphasized, while the men were represented by skilled, experienced Queen’s counsel, the young woman was unrepresented. The men are not guilty but the treatment of the complainant highlighted structural deficiencies in the legal system. Within hours of the verdict in late March, #Ibelieveher was the top-trending hashtag in Ireland. In the wake of the trial, Ireland’s minister for justice is reviewing the legal protections offered to sexual assault complainants. Indian activists have also been on the march. A trial began on April 28 of seven Hindu men, including a retired government official and two serving police officers, and one boy accused of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl, Asifa Bano, in a town in Kashmir in January.

Investigators say that the child was drugged, held captive and raped for days. When police tried to register the charge at the court, they were greeted by a Hindu nationalist mob trying to prevent them. There is extraordinary energy in these movements, energy rooted in the knowledge that something is deeply wrong with legal and political systems in which it is the accuser and not the accused on trial; in which women can be blamed for not physically fighting off men; in which powerful men can rape with impunity; in which sexual violence against women is justified as a sectarian tactic. This energy, while fuelled by anger, is also tinged with hope. Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture, explained in an interview, “For a long time, feminists knew that the system was stacked against victims and survivors, but there didn’t seem to be anything we could do, because we couldn’t get the traction in the media or the community to really make a dent in it.” Decades of research tells us that the chance of a rape victim securing justice is appallingly low. For example, in England and Wales, 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped every year, only 15 per cent report, and the conviction rate for those accused is 5.7 per cent. This means that less than one per cent of victims see their attacker brought to justice. In the U.S., 321,500 people are raped or sexually assaulted annually, and 99 per cent of perpetrators get away with it. We now have the means - through social media and feminist figures in mainstream media - to disseminate women’s experiences and rape statistics widely. And when you know the stories, when you know the stats, it’s hard to shrug when yet another highprofile trial victimizes the accuser as a means to exonerate the accused. Now, the message is clear: we will push back. Still, Harding believes that changing the culture and legal system in the U.S. is going to take a long time. There are significant challenges. “On top of the fundamental legal problem of he said/she said, you have the problem of the rape myths that the average citizen, police officer and prosecutor all probably subscribe to. And you’ve got misogyny. And you’ve got racism.

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Federal gov’t buys Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5-billion

Mountain expansion project, however, and the total financial commitment for taxpayers could far exceed $4.5-billion. The federal

government will have to find money to finance construction, the cost of which has already been estimated at $7.4-billion. Finance Minister Bill Morneau refused to reveal how much taxpayers will have to pay to complete the 980-kilometre expansion, which would triple the flow of crude and refined oil products to 890,000 barrels per day. Keeping it alive sustains 15,000 jobs, the Finance Department said. “The Trans Mountain expansion project is of vital interest to Canada and Canadians,”

Mr. Morneau told reporters. “Our government’s position is clear: It must be built and it will be built.”Weigh Anchor: The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will bring an increase in tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia. The Globe follows a tanker as it threads the needle from Burnaby to the open ocean Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the hazards of building this pipeline drove away Kinder Morgan. “The project became too risky for a commercial entity to go forward with it; that’s what Kinder Morgan told us,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg.

It is not clear how Ottawa’s purchase will help the project navigate legal challenges or B.C.’s threat to restrict oil shipments through its jurisdiction. The federal Court of Appeal is considering 15 consolidated challenges to the federal approvals of the project and could render

a decision any day or accept an application to reopen the case to hear new evidence. The transaction with Kinder Morgan will not be complete until August and, in the weeks ahead, the company will try to help the federal government find a private buyer.

Sexual violence is holding back the rise of India From page 1 In Bangalore, Vidya Laxman, an executive at a multinational in India, pays for a battalion of household help and security cameras to keep her children safe. Sajna Nair of Delhi figures she’s lost almost $200,000 in earnings after quitting a bank job because she couldn’t find safe childcare for her daughter. In recent months, the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the state of Jammu, an 11-year-old in Gujarat and the rape of 16-year-old in Uttar Pradesh have laid bare how India treats its women and children. Lawmakers have said they will push for more stringent punishments to deter such crimes. Meanwhile, dozens of interviews reveal a less acknowledged economic effect: Increasingly afraid for their own and their children’s safety, many women are simply leaving the workforce or taking lower-paying jobs. In the eight years from 2004, about 20 million women (the size of the combined populations of New York, London and Paris) vanished from India’s workforce, the World Bank estimates. Bloomberg “There’s no place where I could leave my child without worrying about safety,” said Indu Bhandari, who quit a lucrative corporate career to teach because of those worries. “Having been a target of sexual abuse as a child, I knew first-hand what I could be exposing my child to.” Decisions like hers are a blow to foreign and local companies looking to hire more women in Asia’s third largest economy. They also threaten Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda as he pushes to attract foreign investment and boost India’s economic heft globally. India shows just how much violence and sexual assault against women can hold back communities — and an entire nation. India could increase its GDP by $770 billion by 2025 by getting more women to work and increasing equality, according to McKinsey Global Institute. Yet, only 27 percent of Indian women are in employment. That’s the lowest among the major emerging nations and G-20 countries, and better only than Saudi Arabia, according to the publication IndiaSpend. “If we are able to establish a safer environment, definitely more women will step out for jobs, adding to the workforce,” said Anjali Verma, an economist at PhillipCapital in Mumbai. “In a decade this may contribute to higher overall consumption, savings, and economic growth.” Girija Borker, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Brown University, in a study of more than 4,000 women at Delhi University found female students willing to pay almost $300 more than men for a safer travel route because most faced some form of street harassment.


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Tandoori Flame - North America’s largest restaurant opens in Delta

group owned by the Gulati family - Gajendra, Prabhjot, Shraey and Aman Gulati. The family has successfully established two restaurants in the Greater Toronto area in Mississauga and Brampton. “We’re thrilled to be launching our third restaurant location in Surrey-Delta, home to one of the most vibrant South Asian diasporas outside of India. At Tandoori Flame, we offer our guests the flavours of India at a reasonable price point. From family gatherings to happy hours, Tandoori Flame’s diverse menu caters to everyone,” Shraey Gulati told the Asian Star in an interview. He said about 100 employees (soon to be 150) will strive to give the best experience to the customers. With 11,000 square feet and a 450 seating capacity, the restaurant has a traditional yet contemporary design with 200 linear feet of glass walls. The grand buffet is priced at $15.99 - $25.99 per person and offers a wide variety of food options including delicious Indian classics - Jalebis, Punjabi Goat Masala, Tandoori Kebabs and Curries from different parts of India. The interactive food stations are a unique concept where guests can watch their favorite food being made on the spot. The menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian options aimed to satisfy everyone’s appetites. The restaurant

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are dating: ‘It’s a good match’ From page 1 Bowl, making the most of their Memorial Day weekend. Ummm, WHAT? In a romance move no one saw coming, former ‘Quantico’ star Priyanka Chopra is reportedly dating Nick Jonas. We’ve got all the details on the new couple’s recent outings. Attending pal Meghan Markle‘s dreamy royal wedding on May 19 must h a v e m a d e Priyanka Chopra want to find a prince of her own. Just a week after the biggest nuptials of the year, the former Quantico star has been spotted on several dates with singer Nick Jonas. The 35-year-old former Miss World and the 25-year-old “Jealous” crooner took in a Los Angeles Dodgers game together on May 24 and the next night reportedly hit up a performance of Beauty and the Beast Live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, making the most of their Memorial Day weekend.

also features a Woodstone oven serving Stone baked pizza’s in the buffet and for take out. The new location has a multiroom layout featuring up to eight private rooms that are available to book for private events. It also has an enclosed patio and a streetfood option convenient for guests on the move.

“Our guest experience is the most important aspect of our restaurant. W e ’ v e designed our restaurants with the intention of providing guests quality food choices, quick service and exceptional drink selections,” said Gulati. The Tandoori Flame cocktails menu is designed by a leading mixologist based in Toronto and includes

Mumbai Mango Mojitos and Angoori Sangria in addition to famous lassi shakes. Tandoori Flame is located at 11970 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8. The restaurant will officially open on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12PM PST, and then will open daily from 11:30 AM 10:30 PM PST weekdays and until 11:00 PM on Friday & Saturday. For more information about Tandoori Flame, visit http://tandooriflame. com/. Established in 2009, Tandoori Flame is the largest grand Indian buffet and restaurant in North America. With up to 150 food options and live interactive food stations, the restaurant group now has three locations in Canada Mississauga, Brampton (Toronto) and a new location in Delta (British Columbia).


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An Indian startup has created an AI-driven nutritionist for fitness freaks In 2016, after four years of running a health and fitness app that lets customers track their daily food and workout routines, healthtech startup HealthifyMe found that it was sitting on millions of data points about its users’ lifestyle habits. The Bengaluru-based company’s customers were using the app to not only log and track their health regimes, but also talk to nutritionists or fitness coaches. This meant that HealthifyMe had data on everything from users’ food and workout logs to the questions they asked the nutritionists

and the responses they received. So the company, which is backed by IDG Ventures India, Inventus Capital, and Blume Ventures, among others, decided to feed all this information to a machine-learning algorithm and help fitness coaches respond better to app users. That project has now developed into a customer-facing programme where an AI-driven bot talks to over 25,000 of HealthifyMe’s paid subscribers, similar to how Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa operate. Continued on page 9

What’s going on with car insurance in B.C.? It’s no secret car insurance has been getting more and more expensive. Ever wondered why? For a start, there are more and more crashes. In fact, each year there are about 300,000 crashes on our roads – that’s close to 820 per day. More crashes lead to more insurance claims. In BC, there has been a sharp increase in both injury and vehicle damage claims. What’s more, the costs of these claims have gone up. Injury claims alone cost close to $3 billion a year.

So what’s being done about this? You may have heard the provincial government and ICBC have announced changes to car insurance in B.C. Under the new plan, more money will be available for your medical care, treatments and other benefits, like wage loss. The changes include: 

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How is this possible? To allow more money for the care of people injured in crashes, the government has also announced it will introduce a $5,500 limit on pain and suffering payouts for minor injuries (sprains, aches and strains). This means the amount of money you can receive for the emotional distress of being in crash will be limited. But this limit is entirely separate from the money available to you for medical care and the other benefits described above. In fact, with the new changes these benefits are actually going up. This limit will not apply to major or catastrophic injury claims – like broken bones or brain injuries.

Find out more For more information visit icbc.com/change

The NDP is strong in the provinces, but weak federally Ontario NDP suddenly has a remarkable lead in an unremarkable Ontario provincial election and the Alberta and British Columbia NDP parties sits in power and govern their respective provincial governments. Why then are Jagmeet Singh and the federal NDP party nowhere to be found on the political landscape in Canadian politics? Singh has more NDP support at the provincial level than any NDP leader in a generation and

Will I still be covered? The limit on pain and suffering payments does not take away your right to a hire lawyer or seek compensation for any additional economic losses. Just the same as today, if you are injured in a crash and not at-fault, you can get more money for wage loss and treatment costs over and above what is covered by ICBC accident benefits.

So who decides if an injury is minor? Under the new plan, just like today, a medical professional – not ICBC – will determine the diagnosis of your injuries and this will be used to establish whether it falls under the definition of a minor injury or not.

How will the definition of a minor injury be determined? The government and ICBC have been consulting with medical treatment providers to determine what types of injuries would fall under a minor injury definition. Over the coming months, this definition will be refined through regulation while still working with medical professionals for their input. In addition, other jurisdictions that already have a definition in place will also be reviewed in order to learn from past experience.

What if I disagree with my claim? Under our new plan, if you have concerns about your injury claim, there will be a new, independent dispute resolution process starting April 1, 2019. If you disagree with ICBC, based on the new plan, the Civil Resolution Tribunal will make decisions on the: 

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Why are these changes needed? In order to cover rising claims costs, B.C. drivers would need to pay on average at least $400 more for their full basic and optional coverage by next year – an average premium of approximately $2,100. These changes will stop you from paying rate increases of 30 per cent or more in 2019, while providing increased care for anyone injured in a crash.

yet he is completely irrelevant in Ottawa and in the federal political scene. When he was elected leader he was touted as young, bright and media savvy, someone who was going to give Justin Trudeau a run for his money in stealing the spotlight. Instead, he has been a bigger lunch bag letdown than a bologna sandwich on wonderbread. Singh has three major problems he needs to address. First, nobody knows who he is and what he stands for. If anyone has heard anything about him, it involves his recent marriage. What issues has Singh associated himself with? None come to mind… and I live, eat and breathe politics. Singh needs to champion two or three issues that will become his causes and Canadians can associate him with. Second, Singh needs to be a member of Parliament. He needs to get elected and have a seat in the House of Commons. Most parties would have had a caucus member resign a long time ago and put in place the right scenario for its leader to basically be acclaimed in a safe riding. The NDP have failed to so this for their leader. Recent rumours of Singh running in Montreal are absurd. The Liberals will run a strong candidate against him and beat him. Elsewhere, Kennedy Stewart, the NDP MP for Burnaby, is running to be the mayor of Vancouver. This creates the right opportunity for Singh to run in the byelection in Burnaby South. Singh should run in British Columbia and get his seat in the House of Commons to participate in Question Period and play a role on the Parliamentary process. Third, Singh needs a new social media strategy. Singh’s online media presence is more of a thirdyear university student than that of someone who wants to be Prime Minister. He constantly tries to be cool and a hipster and this does not play well within his caucus. His Twitter account (@thejagmeetsingh) makes him look more like a vegan restaurant reviewer than a national party leader. Singh needs to be more grounded. He needs more gravitas. He needs to be seen in a serious forum where he can demonstrate that he has the qualifications to be Prime Minister. Ontario looks like it is ready to go back to the future. No one seems to remember the Rae days and change for the sake of change is the motto of Ontarians.The Ontario Progressive Conservatives look like Charlie Brown and the Ontario electorate look to be Lucy with the football. BC and Alberta have elected NDP governments. All the pieces of the political puzzle are in place for the NDP to take centre stage on the national scene. But Jagmeet Singh needs to find his two major issues, win a federal seat and change his online media ways if they stand a chance to knock off Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in 2019.


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Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalls baby food due to spoilage concerns Sixteen flavours of organic baby food pouches are being recalled due to a packaging defect. Eight flavours of President’s Choice Organics and eight flavours of Love Child Organics baby food are being pulled from the marketplace due to an issue that may allow “spoilage micro-organisms” to permeate the packaging and cause the products to spoil.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall was triggered by consumer complaints, although no illnesses have been reported. The agency’s website lists all affected products that were sold in 128-millilitre pouches and have best before dates up to and including May 25, 2019.

Economy grew at 1.3% pace to start 2018, slower than 2017 pace Canada’s economy grew at a 1.3 per cent annual pace in the first three months of the year, worse than what economists had been expecting. Statistics Canada reported Thursday that reduced investment in the housing market, a slowdown in consumer spending, and lower exports of everything but energy products contributed to the underwhelming number. While it grew slightly, household spending came in at its slowest pace of growth since 2015. And spending on housing fell by 1.9 per cent between January and March, the largest decline since the first quarter of 2009. Economists had been expecting the pace of growth to come in at around 1.8 per cent. In the last three months of 2017, for example, the economy was expanding at a 1.7 per cent pace. But the numbers were in line with the Bank

of Canada’s thinking. In its April Monetary Policy Report, the central bank projected the figure to come in at 1.3 per cent for the first three months of the year. As it turns out, that projection was exactly on the nose. “The main point is that growth for the full year still looks on track to come in around 2 per cent, which is very much in line with what the Bank of Canada has been expecting,” BMO economist Doug Porter said. “We continue to look for a rebound in Q2 growth and a July rate hike, albeit with the latter predicated on some solid evidence on the former.” The numbers took some of the wind out of the sails of the loonie, which had gained almost a cent on Wednesday after the central bank strongly suggested another rate hike as early as July.

An Indian startup has created an AI-driven nutritionist for fitness freaks From page 8 HealthifyMe’s bot, Ria, keeps track of what should I eat,” and “what kind of workout users eat and their workout regimens; it also should I do,” to “how can I sleep better,” calculates daily calorie needs, and makes and “how do I smoke less?” “If you haven’t healthy lifestyle suggestions. “A human eaten healthy, it’ll tell you that,” Vashisht said, nutritionist cannot process data of thousands adding that the bot can also compare users’ of people and respond daily. They provide data with those of others’ to show real-time you a diet plan and occasionally get in touch trends. For a subscription-driven service like with you,” said HealthifyMe’s CEO Tushar this, industry experts believe the challenge is Vashisht. “(But) Ria has the capability to to ensure long-term user-engagement. look at your data on a daily basis and give “Most apps people start if they have a opinions on it.” Ria first began interacting specific objective, but after that, a drop with HealthifyMe’s users in October 2017, off happens. Apps need to engage people when the company rolled out the service to better,” said Meena Ganesh, an entrepreneur a section of its paid subscribers as a pilot. and investor who has funded health-tech Now, the service is available to all paid users companies in India. Vashisht claims the among HealthifyMe’s more than one million chances of users sticking with Ria are higher users. The company, however, declined to than that with human coaches. “People on reveal either the investment made into the average engage with our coaches about 2.5 bot so far, or the firm’s paid subscriber base. messages a day. With Ria it is 2.9 messages Its subscription plans cost between Rs999 and a day,” he said. And as Ria’s algorithm gets Rs1,699 a month based on the features opted stronger and more accurate, HealthifyMe for. Ria currently handles around 80% of all intends to spin her off as a standalone service. queries directly, instead of passing them on to humans. These questions range from “what

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Liberals to give $50 million to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to help with influx of asylum seekers The federal government will provide $50 million to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to help pay for some of the costs they have borne as a result of the influx of asylum seekers illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says this is not a final payment to these provinces for border crosser costs, but is meant to help address some of the immediate temporary housing needs in those provinces. “The continued influx of asylum seekers entering Canada between ports of entry has increased pressure on provinces to provide shelter and social services to a growing number of asylum seekers,” Hussen said in

Ottawa on Friday. “We appreciate the pressures Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba are facing and will continue discussions with provinces towards longer-term solutions including further financial support.” Quebec, which has seen the majority of asylum seekers this year arriving through a forest path in SaintBernard-de-Lacolle, will receive $36 million. Ontario will get $11 million and Manitoba $3 million. The provinces have asked for much more, with Quebec saying its costs are closer to $146 million, although this includes projected future costs, Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel said earlier this week following meetings in Ottawa.

Vancouver proposes $2.6 billion capital plan, with 55 per cent paid by development contributions The City of Vancouver is presenting a plan of spending for the next four years and tucked into the fine print of a draft is a sharp increase in how much the public budget is tied to funds charged to real estate developers. The City is proposing to spend some $2.6 billion in capital investments with significant emphasis on affordable housing and child care spaces, as well as arts and culture and community facilities. Of the estimated total $2.57 billion, over 55 per cent, or some $1.44 billion, is earmarked to come from “development contributions,” which are raised by charging real estate developers. It’s a big jump from the city’s last capital plan of 2015 to 2018 when development contributions were 33 per cent, or $366

million, of a total budget of $1.085 billion. In the 2012-2014 plan development contributions were $87 million out of a total budget of $702 million, or 12 per cent. There are g e n e r a l l y two kinds of development contributions and they have grown in size since they came into use around 2004. Development cost levies or DCLs are typically a standard calculation. Community amenity contributions or CACs tend to be individually negotiated between the city and a developer over rezoning for a specific project and can be paid in straight cash or the building of an on-site amenity such as a pool or a community centre.

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condition with life threatening injuries. The driver remained at scene and is cooperating with police. Alcohol and speed are not believed to be contributing factors in this collision. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has further information is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www. solvecrime.ca


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BC to choose between 4 systems for electoral reform referendum British Columbians will likely choose between four options, spread over two questions, in a referendum over what electoral system they would like to use in the future. After months of feedback and deliberation, Attorney General David Eby has recommended to cabinet that voters be asked whether they would like to keep the current first-past-thepost voting system, or move to a proportional representation voting system. 10 big decisions the B.C. government will make in this legislative session People will also be asked in a separate question which of three models of proportional representation they would prefer: Dual Member Proportional, where most ridings in B.C. are doubled in size, and people are asked to vote for a pair of candidates from each party. The first seats in each district are won by the first candidate of the party that receives the most votes, while the second seat is

allocated based on province-wide voting results. Mixed Member Proportional, which combines the current method of electoral districts with MLAs chosen by parties based on the proportion of the vote in different regions. Most electoral districts would increase in size. Rural-Urban Proportional Representation, where MLAs in urban and semi-urban areas of the province are chosen using the single transferable vote (a ranked ballot system), and MLAs in rural areas of the province are chosen by a mixed member proportional system. If more than 50 per cent vote in favour of proportional representation on the first question, whichever of the three systems has the most support on the second question — where people can vote for their first, second

and third preferences — will be adopted. Eby is recommending the vote take place by mailin ballot between October 22 and November 30, with advertisers having a donation limit of $200,000 once the campaign begins on July 1. Elections BC would be in charge of all education materials in the referendum, and $500,000 each would be given to groups for and against the referendum.

A number of the design elements and details will be determined by an all-party legislative committee if British Columbians vote to change their electoral system. The boundaries of new electoral districts would be determined by an independent boundaries commission. Eby said that was due to the number of options British Columbians were being provided with, along with the government’s self-imposed deadline of having any new electoral system ready by 2021. “The realities of that work, in terms of having a system in place, we could not have an electoral boundaries commission complete that process … and meet that timeline,” he said.

Man arrested, released following series of Surrey sexual assaults From page 1 information is being gathered for a 17-year-old was assaulted from behind. submission to the B.C. Prosecution Service. According to police, she was able to break “The public should stay vigilant and let us free. Anyone with information is asked to know if they have any information that call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers if they can help us in our investigation,” said wish to remain anonymous, at Sturko. Last week, 1-800-222-8477. Surrey RCMP reported “Keep your head that three recent groping up, stay alert and incidents appeared to be aware of your be related based on the surroundings. area they took place and a similar suspect vehicle Walk with others when possible. — a grey 1998-2002 Plan your Honda Accord with tinted rear windows and route to avoid ketches of a suspect released by Surrey RCMP following isolated areas.” a sun roof. recent attacks in the city Anyone with RCMP release sketch of suspect believed to information is have groped 3 women On Saturday, police asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599received a report of another assault that 0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to appears to be connected, this time in the remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or 14800-block of 73 Ave. In that incident, go to solvecrime.ca.

New minimum wage in effect now in BC B.C.’s minimum wage is going up by $1.30 Friday to boost the province’s current wage of $11.35 per hour to $12.65. The wage increase is part of the provincial government’s plan to raise the current wage to just over $15 per hour by 2021. To make that happen, the minimum wage will increase every year until that amount is met: June 1, 2019: $13.85 an hour ($1.20 increase) June 1, 2020: $14.60 an hour ($0.75 increase) June 1, 2021: $15.20 an hour ($0.60 increase) The head of the B.C. Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, says it’s not too much too soon. “We have to remember that under the Liberals, we had a 10-year period when the minimum wage didn’t go up at all,” Lanzinger said. B.C.’s minimum wage remained at $8 per hour from 2001 to 2011 under the Liberal’s Gordon Campbell government. When Christy Clark, also of the B.C. Liberal Party, became premier in 2011, she increase the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour. By the time she left office in 2017, the province’s minimum wage was $10.85.

“We live in a very expensive province. The poverty line is about $15 an hour. So there are hundreds of thousands of workers who, even if they work full-time, have a wage below the poverty line [and] that’s just not fair.” Price of rental housing drives up cost of living in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, report finds Gogan Shottha co-owns a grocery store on Main Street in Vancouver. He says his business can absorb the extra wages but says it won’t be that way for every small business. “It’s much easier to deal with [at this point],” Shotta said. “At the very beginning [of his business], it would have caused a lot more stress. There’s points where any extra money felt like it could have put us under ... So a business any newer than us, I feel for them.” Ontario, at $14 per hour, and Alberta at $13.60 per hour, have the highest minimum wages in Canada. Alberta is planning to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in October. The truth about minimum wage: most Canadians earning it are women

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Save-On-Foods, along with suppliers and business partners, raises $580,348 ‘fore’ children’s hospitals of Western Canada Together with their suppliers and business partners, the team at Save-On-Foods helped raise $580,348 at yesterday’s 23rd annual Save-OnFoods Charity Golf Tournament at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, BC. The sold-out tournament saw 360 golfers come together to support the five children’s hospitals in Western Canada: BC Children’s Hospital, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatchewan, and the Children’s Hospital of Manitoba. “Each year we are blown away by the support of our amazing suppliers and business partners who come together for a common goal of supporting the most precious members of our communities – our kids,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “Our relationship with our suppliers and business partners goes beyond

business; they are an extension of our Save-OnFoods family and for that, we are so thankful.” About Save-On-Foods Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood by carrying more than 2,500 locally-made products from more than 2,000 local growers and producers, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years. SaveOn-Foods, its supplier partners, team members and generous customers have donated more than $30 million to children’s hospitals and contributes $3 million annually to food banks across Western Canada. For more information, contact: Media Relations 604 888 2079, extension 2200 mediarelations@saveonfoods.com

Naked photo extortion ends in shame, jail for BC student Hao Ming Chen’s parents wondered if they were too hard on him. They had yelled and cursed at him for “small mistakes such as not finishing his homework.” And they regretted leaving the 19-year-old at home for a month when he was in Grade 11. Could any of that explain the young man’s behaviour or the reason why — earlier this month — Chen found himself in Vancouver provincial court, apologizing for a horrific crime of degradation before being led off to jail? Judge Jennifer Oulton sentenced Chen to 15 months after he pleaded guilty — along with a young offender — to forcibly confining and stripping an international student of his clothes. The pair then took naked pictures of the victim and threatened to post them on the internet unless he paid them $10,000. “Mr. Chen was the perpetrator of the majority of the violence which took place. He cut,

punched and choked the victim. Mr. Chen also threatened to kill the victim if he went to the police,” Oulton said in her reasons for sentence. “This crime had a significant impact on the victim. The forcible undressing and then taking naked photos of the victim was a serious intrusion on the victim’s bodily integrity.” ‘He ... brought shame on his family’ The crimes occurred in February 2017 when Chen was 18. He moved to Canada with his family from China in 2009 and became a Canadian citizen in 2016. According to the judgment, his father’s work often requires him to be away in China. “(Chen) feels shame and he feels he has brought shame on his family,” the judgment says. “He is no longer associating with the people he was spending time with in February 2017.” After forcibly confining and stripping the student, Chen and his co-accused

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Trudeau’s new appointee to the Senate is Family doctor, professorr Community leader, family doctor and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery university professor Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia from the University of Rhodesia, in presenthas been appointed independent Senator to fill day Zimbabwe. a vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador. “Dr Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia overcame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the apartheid in Zimbabwe and found the the appointment today after a recommendation community environment he was missing in from the independent advisory board for his native country in rural Newfoundland and Senate appointments. Labrador,” it reads. “His deep appreciation Ravalia is senior for the province, medical officer at its landscape and the Notre Dame its people comes Bay Memorial from his unique Health Centre in experience as an Newfoundland and immigrant.” Labrador and associate Ravalia, who has professor of family two sons with wife medicine at Memorial Dianne, has received University. several awards for “Dr Mohamedhis contributions Iqbal Ravalia’s vast Dr Mohamed Iqbal Ravalia, left, seen receiving the to rural medicine, Order of Canada from then governor general David knowledge and including the Order experience have earned Johnston in 2016, has been appointed to the Senate to fill of Canada. a vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador. him high respect in the There have been medical field, and I am 34 appointments confident that he will be a great ambassador to the Senate made on the advice of Prime in the Senate, not just for Newfoundland and Minister Justin Trudeau. Since 2016 the Labrador, but for all of Canada,” Trudeau said selection process for Senators is open for all in a news release. Canadians to apply. Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Trudeau’s man in the Senate makes the Ravalia was also honored in November by case for restraint. According to a biography the College of Family Physicians of Canada provided from the PMO, Dr Mohamed-Iqbal as one of 10 national recipients of the Family Ravalia is a community leader in Twillingate, Physicians of the Year. Newfoundland and Labrador, who holds a

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Naked photo extortion ends in shame, jail for BC student took pictures and threatened to post them online if he didn’t pay $10,000. Chen and his co-accused forced their 23-year-old victim into a room in a party house for more than three hours. According to an agreed statement of facts, Chen struck the victim in the face and head several times and choked him to the point of near unconsciousness. He also used a multipurpose tool to slash the man’s knee, ankle and wrist before striking the blunt end of the instrument into the victim’s left eye. “They forcibly undressed the victim and took pictures of him in which he was undressed. They demanded $10,000,” Oulton wrote, “They received $1,100 from the victim while he was still confined and demanded an additional $9,000, or the naked photos would be posted on the Internet.” ‘Occasional harsh treatment’ After the victim called police, investigators set up an operation which culminated in the arrest of Chen and his co-accused at a pre-arranged meeting where they thought they would be getting the remainder of the extortion money. Oulton said the victim has suffered

emotionally with the aftermath of the crimes and has difficulty trusting people. “He has suffered financially, dropping out of school right after this happened. An international student, his fees were already high, and he lost this money,” the judge wrote. He has adjusted his current studies to a less onerous program.” According to the judgment, Chen graduated from high school and has no prior criminal record. He has also been admitted to university to study business administration. His parents provided a letter of support in which they apologized for their son’s actions and also acknowledged their regrets for “occasional harsh treatment of him.” Chen wrote a letter to the judge and the Crown in which he apologized to the victim and expressed remorse. ‘I’m disgusted by my actions’: Teen in Facebook extortion, child porn case gets no jail time But none of that was enough to save him from jail. “These are serious offences, and Mr. Chen’s moral blameworthiness is high,” Oulton wrote. “It would assist to understand the motivation

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Richmond man charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and impersonating an officer A 42-year-old Richmond man is facing seven charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault with a Taser, after a distraught woman escaped from a residence in the 3000 block of Jesmond Avenue where she was being held captive. Richmond RCMP says Cheng Ian Huang surrendered peacefully Wednesday three hours after police surrounded the residence he was in. Huang is charged with one count each of kidnapping, assault, assault with a weapon, sexual assault using a Taser, possession of a firearm without a permit, impersonating a police officer and uttering a threat.

According to police, a frantic young woman approached a person in a vehicle around 8:30 in the morning, alleging she had been assaulted and held hostage. The woman was transported to Dixon Elementary School and was met by Richmond RCMP. A hold and secure protocol was put in place briefly at the school. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the General Investigation Section (GIS) of the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

Cyclist killed in collision with dump truck in North Van A cyclist is dead after colliding with a dump truck Friday morning in North Vancouver. The collision happened shortly after 7 a.m. at the intersection of St. Andrews Avenue and East Second Street, according to RCMP. Emergency crews responded but the 54-year-old North Vancouver man died. The man’s family has been notified

but he has not been identified by RCMP. Police say the driver of the dump truck remained on scene. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed or has video of the crash is asked to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.


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Vancouver protesters rally, vow to continue pipeline fight Indigenous and environmental groups organized a flash rally in Vancouver Tuesday evening in reaction to the announcement the federal government is buying out the Trans Mountain pipeline. Liberals to spend billions on pipeline, despite opposition from environmental, Indigenous groups Hundreds of First Nations groups, environmentalists and other concerned residents gathered on the grounds of Science World to protest the federal government’s plan. Will George, a member of the TsleilWaututh Nation, has been acting as guardian of Burnaby Mountain’s Watch House, which was built earlier this year as a protest structure. George called the decision hurtful and a letdown. “This concerns a lot of people so we are absolutely going to ramp up our demonstrations and our movement,” George said. Many of the speakers thanked attendees for coming out and continuing the fight. Longtime pipeline opponent and Burnaby

More than a thousand people gathered at the grounds of Science World Tuesday evening to protest the federal government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline

MP Kennedy Stewart — who is running for mayor of Vancouver as an independent — invoked the late NDP leader Jack Layton in his speech, saying he would fight the pipeline till the very end. “Today we actually took out Kinder Morgan. Kinder Morgan put their tail between their legs and they ran back to Texas,” Stewart said. “The only opponent we

Police warn public of high-risk sex offender living in Vancouver Vancouver police are warning the public of a high-risk sex offender living in a Vancouver halfway house. Police said in a news release that 77-year-old Brian Keith Solberg poses “a risk of significant harm to the safety of teenaged and adult women, including strangers and acquaintances.” Solberg is a federal offender who has been convicted of forcible confinement, sexual assault with a weapon, and a number of other related offences. After his previous sentence, a peace bond was put in place as a preventative measure to protect the public. He is currently serving a fouryear sentence for breaching court-imposed conditions related to a peace bond. The Correctional Service of Canada has assessed Solberg as “continuing to present a high risk for sexual and general re-offending.” Solberg is described as white, 5’11”, 218 lb.,

with short greying brown hair and blue eyes. He is bound by the terms of his statutory release, which include several conditions: Report all friendships, sexual relationships, and intimate relationships with women to his parole supervisor. Not to be in the company of sex workers, or frequent the areas where sex workers are likely to be present Not to consume, purchase, or possess alcohol or drugs. Not to enter any establishment where the primary source of income is the sale of alcohol. Not to associate with anyone involved in criminal activity and/or substance misuse. Police ask anyone who sees Solberg violating any of these conditions to call 9-1-1.

have left is Justin Trudeau. He’s the only one that’s pushing this pipeline through. You think we can take him out?” There are a number of lawsuits against the pipeline expansion project, something that gives some opponents like Rueben George, also from the TsleilWaututh Nation, hope. “We’re already suing Canada. You know, we’ve got court cases ... in

the Federal Court of Appeal with allies and different nations and each one had about five arguments in total. They have to win them all. We only have to win one or two to stop this, and I believe in the Canadian constitution protecting our Indigenous rights,” George said. Environmental groups say the Canadian government’s pipeline buyout is reckless and raises questions about the country’s commitment to battling climate change. “We are furious. I was in shock this morning, I didn’t think the government was actually this stupid to buy a pipeline that has 17 court cases against it,” said Peter McCartney from the Wilderness Committee. “This is now Canadian taxpayer money that is putting our coast here at risk of an oil spill. It’s just...it boggles the mind that they could think this is a good move for Canada.” Protesters rally against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Vancouver.

Chiropractors’ college hires investigator after complaints about anti-vaccine posts BC’s regulator for chiropractors has brought in outside help to review how it handles complaints and enforcement, following the resignation of the college’s vice chair over an anti-vaccination video he posted on Facebook. The College of Chiropractors of B.C. has hired Mary Watterson to conduct the independent investigation promised after CBC revealed that a handful of chiropractors had violated college policy by posting antivaccine rhetoric on Facebook. Watterson was formerly the registrar of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Carmel Wiseman has also been hired as a consultant to review how the college deals with complaints — particularly those filed against board members — the regulator told CBC in an email. Wiseman is the former deputy registrar at the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. The news comes about four weeks after Avtar Jassal resigned from his position as vice chair of the college’s board because of a live Facebook video suggesting that fruit smoothies are more effective than the flu shot at preventing influenza. College policy

forbids chiropractors from providing advice about immunization because they are not trained in the prevention of infectious disease. In November, Vancouver chiropractor Avtar Jassal shared a video in which he suggested smoothies are more effective than vaccination at preventing the flu. (Facebook) Jassal’s video was one of several posts from chiropractors that were recently removed from Facebook after they were pointed out to the college and the Ministry of Health. When Jassal stepped down from the board, the college pledged to bring in an independent investigator to look into the matter and said Jassal would be held to the same standards as any other registered chiropractor. A member of the public first complained about Jassal’s video to the B.C. government in November, along with anti-vaccination posts from two other college board members. The health ministry has said that Jassal’s video was “missed” during a review of his Facebook page. The other two board members, Parm Rai and Gil Desaulniers, were allowed to retain their positions because they responded immediately to requests to remove the posts, according to the college. Earlier this month, the college asked all chiropractors in the province to scrub their websites and social media of anti-vaccination material and claims about unproven treatments.

Month of May warmest and driest on record in Vancouver Umbrellas and galoshes took a backseat to sunglasses and sunscreen last month during what was Vancouver’s driest and warmest May on record. A mere 1.6 mm of rain was recorded at Vancouver’s airport, breaking 2015’s record of 4.2 mm of precipitation in May. The amount is also well below the average May rainfall of 65 mm. Temperatures were almost two degrees above normal: 14.9 C versus the average of 12.8 C. According to CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, Vancouver recorded 18 consecutive days of temperatures reaching 19 C or higher — the most ever.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018 The opposition Liberals are harshly critical of a lack of details on the proposed proportional representation systems in the recommendations for B.C.’s electoral reform referendum. A report by Attorney General David Eby recommends two questions for the ballot — one to determine if B.C. should switch to proportional representation and the other to rank three possible

Plan for BC electoral reform referendum misses mark, opposition says proportional representation systems. If more than 50 per cent vote in favour of change, the highest ranked system in the second question would be adopted. BC to choose between 4 systems for electoral reform referendum Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson was critical of both the proposed referendum questions and the

Former premier Christy Clark joins law firm as senior adviser Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark is joining the Bennett Jones law firm as a senior adviser in its Vancouver office. The firm says Clark will join its government affairs and public policy team, which also counts former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan and former foreign minister John Baird as members.

Bennett Jones CEO Hugh MacKinnon said in a statement that Clark’s focus on economic growth through trade fits in well with the interests of the firm’s clients. Clark resigned as B.C. premier last summer, having served in the role since 2011, after the provincial New Democrats formed a minority government with the support of the Green party.

Canadian hacker jailed five years in USA for Yahoo security breach that feds say is related to Russian secret agency Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency. US Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco. Karim Baratov, 23, (pictured) pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service. Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page. He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes. After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach. The Latest: Stormy’s lawyer ends bid for role in Cohen case Federal officials seek accord in recorded calls controversy Judge hears evidence in Kansas prison recordings case “He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time. Akhmet Tokbergenov, left, and Dinara Tokbergenova, parents of alleged Yahoo hacker Karim Baratov, leave the court after their son was denied bail, with lawyer Deepak Paradkar, right, in Hamilton, Ont. Baratov pleaded guilty in Novem-

ber to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged hacking thousands of webmail accounts for seven years ending with his arrest last year.

In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process. Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers

timing of the NDP’s announcement. “They are proposing an alphabet soup of where they are proposing a bunch of systems that no one has ever heard of,” he said. “It’s an attempt to confuse and manipulate British Columbians away from the democracy we so value.” The Liberals plan to vigorously oppose

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the proposal, but with just one day left in the spring legislative session, that will be a challenge, Wilkinson added. “It’s a sleezy and manipulative step they have takentoavoidpublicdebateonthisissue,”hesaid. Both the Greens and the NDP campaigned on support for changing the voting system in B.C. Green MLA Sonia Furstenau said she was pleased with the plan Eby presented on Wednesday.


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Cory Vallee convicted of first-degree murder of Red Scorpion gangster United Nations gang hitman Cory Vallee was convicted Friday of conspiring to kill the Bacon brothers and murdering one of their closest friends. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Janice Dillon said the Crown had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt that Vallee was brought in to the UN conspiracy specifically as a hitman, and that he was one of two shooters who killed Red Scorpion Kevin LeClair outside a Langley strip mall on Feb. 6, 2009. Dillon noted that the four key defence witnesses, known as A, B, C and D due to publication bans, were all former gang members and “unsavoury” characters. But she said some of their evidence was corroborated by video surveillance, intercepts and other evidence collected by police in the massive murder investigation. In convicting Vallee on both charges, Dillon relied specifically on the evidence of witnesses B and C, who said Vallee showed them the AR-15 he used in the LeClair hit before the afternoon shooting.

And Vallee later commented that the deadly firearm was “awesome.” The two policing agencies that investigated the case – the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – both commented on the verdict. “This was a long, complex and resource intensive investigation,” IHIT Superintendent Donna Richardson said. “I would like to acknowledge the dedication and tireless efforts of investigators from IHIT and CFSEU-BC as well as our numerous domestic and foreign partner agencies that contributed to this investigation.” CFSEU Chief Officer Kevin Hackett said the convictions came because of the “sustained cooperation, hard work and persistence of IHIT and CFSEU-BC members.” “Officers and support staff from numerous agencies have also assisted over these past seven years,” Hackett said. “The result should also serve as a reminder to those who threaten our communities with gang and gun violence, we will not rest until they are held to account.”

Railway crossing incident probed after reports say the scooter was stuck A death at a British Columbia railway crossing is under investigation after reports say a scooter got stuck on the tracks late Saturday afternoon. Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Julie Leroux says an investigator headed to Chilliwack following the incident, in which she says reports indicate there was a collision with a scooter that became stuck at the crossing. RCMP Insp. Vishal Mathura says the scooter stopped just before the crossing, then proceeded forward until it stopped again between the rails. Vishal says the lights activated and the arms camedown,andpeoplenearbyrealizedtheperson on the scooter was in trouble and tried to help. BC Emergency Health Services

says multiple ambulances were sent to the scene, but only one person was transported to hospital in stable condition. The B.C. Coroners Service says in an email that it’s in the early stages of an investigation into the death of a man in his 40s, but that no other information was available. Vishal says one other person who was involved in the incident was not harmed. Daniel Salvatore, a spokesman for Canadian National Railway, says CN police are helping the RCMP investigate the “tragic incident,” which involved a west-bound freight train at the First Avenue and Broadway crossing in Chilliwack.

City of Surrey told to rethink plan for South Campbell Heights Metro Vancouver’s board of directors has rejected the City of Surrey’s application to redesignate lands in South Campbell Heights – including an area south of 16 Avenue – for development. A resolution for the board to “refer the South Campbell Heights application for an amendment to Metro 2040 back to the City of Surrey to consider an alternate amendment” was supported Friday. But while the recommendation to do so had come forward following a unanimous vote earlier this month by Metro’s regional planning committee, last week’s decision was not a full sweep, with at least a half dozen directors voting against the recommendation. One – Langley Township Coun. Charlie Fox – asked for his vote in opposition to be recorded. The overall decision was “some relief,” Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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president Bob Donnelly, who was among presenters at Friday’s meeting, told Peace Arch News. “I think it reinforced Metro Van’s position that they want to protect the Metro (2040) and stand by the… strategy for guidelines for development,” he said. At the same time, Donnelly said, he found it “strange” that the city planner in attendance didn’t – in a late-addition delegation that necessitated an agreement by the board to suspend its rules for delegations – present an option that excluded the lands south of 16 Avenue. It’s an option Donnelly suspects would have been supported by the board. Surrey planner Don Luymes instead described a plan that, among other things, would require 50 per cent of development sites be set aside as green space and allow for the extension of sewers south of 16 Avenue. The latter, he said, would better-protect the Brookswood aquifer. Surrey Coun.

Four-week strike over at Surrey’s Guildford Sheraton Surrey’s largest hotel is no longer behind a picket line. Striking Unifor Local 3000 members at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel have voted 92 per cent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement, ending a four-week strike at the 104th Avenue property. The new contract includes reduced workloads for room attendants, a 40-cent-an-hour increase to maintain current benefit levels, and wage increases of up to eight per cent during the term of the agreement, according to a press release from the union. “Going on strike is always the last resort,” said Jean Van Vliet, Unifor Local 3000 president. “I’m thrilled that our members stayed strong and we had a great committee that bargained a deal that improves working conditions.”


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Indebted Canadians say they need 40% more income to live debt-free: poll A majority of Canadians who owe money on their credit cards, lines of credit and other consumer debt products believe they would need a significant income boost to be able to kick their borrowing habit. The results come from a recent countrywide survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MNP, one of Canada’s largest debt consultancies. According to the poll, 60 per cent of Canadians who carry non-mortgage debt say they would need to be making a lot more money in order to cover their expenses without relying on loans. On average, these borrowers think they need to be making nearly 40 per cent more. “It used to be that people would save for big purchases and have some money tucked away

for emergencies. Now Canadians look straight to [home equity lines of credit] HELOCs or credit cards or other forms of debt when it comes to paying for unexpected car repairs, home maintenance, and even basic household expenses,” Grant Bazian, president of MNP said in a statement. The data made available by MNP suggests little correlation between income levels and indebted Canadians’ belief that they need more money in order to live debt-free. For example, survey takers in Alberta, the wealthiest province in Canada, were most likely (69 per cent) to say they would need a sizable top-up (above 20 per cent) to their household income in order to get by without debt.

Former officer guilty of approving imposters’ passports A former Canadian passport serious and marked breach of her officer took part in a scheme duties … as a passport officer,” said that provided people with false MacDonnell. “Entitling impostors identities with passports, a judge to receive passports is the complete determined. antithesis of what a passport officer Aline Zeitoune, 44, was found is entrusted to do,” he said, adding guilty Monday of breach of trust “she acted with full knowledge of and four forgery-related offences the nature of his scheme.” Zeitoune for her instrumental role in a worked for Passport Canada for 24 fraudulent passport scheme. years at its issuing office located at Imposters — people claiming to 4900 Yonge St. She was promoted to be others — were able to obtain the position of passport officer, the Canadian passports in a plot front-line officials who deal with Zeitoune will be ochestrated by Michael “Moshe” applicants. Zeitoune processed sentenced on June 29. Gur, said Justice Ian MacDonnell 24 fraudulent applications from in a 27-page judgment. “Zeitoune’s knowing imposters between June 6, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013. participation in the scheme to enable impostors These applicants were clients of Gur, who has to receive genuine Canadian passports was a clear, already been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for taking a leadership role in the scam. Gur, who knew Zeitoune’s ex-husband for many years, charged people as much as $15,000 for his help. Zeitoune allowed Gur’s clients to circumvent the pre-screening and queueing system so they could come directly to her counter. “The only reasonable inference is that he wanted the applications to come before the defendant because he believed that, unlike other passport officers, she would not reject them.” MacDonnell added Gur, who wasn’t an honest witness, said Zeitoune never asked for anything in return for her assistance. On two occasions, however, Gur gave Zeitoune with “a couple of thousand dollars at her request.” Zeitoune said she needed money for her daughter’s education once and she later phoned from a casino, court heard.

Canada responds to US steel, aluminum tariffs with ‘countermeasures’ of its own

Canada is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum. The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference Thursday. “This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era. This is a very strong response, it is a proportionate response, it is perfectly reciprocal. This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.” Freeland made the announcement alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following word from the White House that the U.S. will slap tariffs on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminium as of midnight Thursday night. She called the U.S. measures illegal and counterproductive, and both she and Trudeau expressed how hard it is to imagine how Canada could ever be a national-security threat to an ally as close and important as the United States. “That Canada could be considered a national-security threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s Continued on next page


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Canada responds to US steel, aluminum tariffs with ‘countermeasures’ of its own From page 18 workers and Canadian interests.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed Thursday that the United States would end the temporary exemption on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminum as of midnight, as scheduled. That means that President Donald Trump will be face to face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week in Quebec.

target , and that the federal government would far prefer that its hand not be forced. Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions will expire as scheduled on Friday. “The government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism,” Trudeau said. “We will always protect Canadian

Alberta regulator will keep doctors’ misdeeds public for 10 years Alberta’s medical regulator will begin publishing disciplinary records going back a decade, instead of the current five years, in the wake of a national Star investigation into the lack of transparency regarding doctors’ prior sins. The unilateral move by the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons takes effect in a few weeks despite prior insistence from the regulator that such a change could only be made after politicians amended the law governing the medical profession. “We want to get that in place to show progress,” said college spokesperson Steve Buick. “If the option of going further comes up, we’re open to that as well.” Members of the college’s governing council also voted Friday to start publishing specific charges doctors will face at

upcoming disciplinary hearings rather than just a generic reference to “unprofessional conduct.” The regulator said it will work with the province to ensure criminal convictions and disciplinary findings from outside Alberta will be included in a physician’s online profile. It will also look at tougher penalties for sexual misconduct. Neither registrar Scott McLeod nor council president Kate Wood agreed to be interviewed Monday The agenda for last week’s meeting notes the “controversy” the series caused when it was published last month. It also says the regulator had asked Field Law for advice on how it could provide further transparency to Alberta patients about their doctors’ misdeeds.

Jagmeet’s brother & NDP candidate in trouble for carrying ‘F--- the police’ protest sign So now one of the NDP’s star candidates has been caught redhanded bashing the police. Tell us how you really feel Gurratan Singh! Back in 2006, there was no ambiguity over how the NDP candidate in Gurratan Singh on Tuesday’s Toronto Sun front page. Brampton East felt about Toronto Police. Ford. “Actually, it is believable.” Ford is right. “F— the Police,” said the protest sign that When it comes to the NDP, it is believable. Singh, the brother of federal NDP leader Now, in fairness, when the Toronto Jagmeet Singh, carried during a downtown Sun approached the NDP about this demonstration more than a decade ago. And photograph, Singh quickly issued a statement former Toronto Police chief Julian Fantino apologizing and acknowledging his regret said he recognizes exactly what this is. “As and embarrassment. “Twelve years ago I someone who spent over 40 years as a police attended a public demonstration and was officer in Ontario, the only time I recall facing photographed holding a sign I’m now deeply such hateful rhetoric directed at police is ashamed of,” Singh said in a statement. “I when confronting anarchists — the goons apologize unreservedly to police officers, their who usually came out to incite breaches of families and the policing community. I deeply the peace,” said the Toronto Police chief from respect the sacrifices police officers make in 2000-2005, who later went into serve as a service of justice and public safety, and realize Conservative MP and cabinet minister. the importance of community-building with Everybody who has seen this picture is officers.” At the time, Singh was pursuing disgusted by it. NDP candidate Gurratan philosophy and religious studies at McMaster Singh is pictured carrying a protest placard University. He would go on to earn a law during a 2006 demonstration in Toronto degree from York University and practised “Unbelievable,” texted PC leader Doug as a criminal defence lawyer in Brampton.

‘Amazing’ Manitoba double-data offers spark questions over why only some provinces get the best phone deals While many Manitobans are revelling in a double-data phone deal, Canadians elsewhere are left wondering why they can’t get the same offer. “It kind of ticked me off,” said Pete Jansen, of Richmond, B.C. “The rest of the country gets shafted and we’re paying all these exorbitant prices.” Across Canada, mobile phone plan prices tend to be cheaper in three provinces: Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Last week, those price differences were magnified in Manitoba when Rogers offered to double the data — at no extra cost — on 10 GB and 15 GB family-share plans. Until June 3, Rogers customers in the province can get a plan with unlimited Canadawide calling and 20 GB of data for $70 a month, or 30 GB for $80 a month. Bell and Telus quickly followed suit, launching similar double-data deals in Manitoba, though the Bell offer has apparently expired. Many Manitobans have jumped on

the deals, including Rogers customer Tiffany Shute, who doubled her data to 20 GB for no extra charge. “This is absolutely amazing, especially for someone like myself who’s almost always going over the 10 GB,” said Shute, who lives in Winnipeg. “Hopefully they do share the love with everyone else.” According to prices posted online, in all other provinces — except for Saskatchewan and Quebec — Rogers, Bell and Telus charge $115 to $120 for a 10 GB family plan with Canadawide calling. That’s at least $45 more a month compared to the same plan in Manitoba — without the double-data deal. “It’s unfair for the rest of the market across Canada that we’re paying higher rates,” said Shane Ritchot, in Dartmouth, N.S. “The network is the network. If I take my phone to Manitoba, it still works.” When asked about provincial price differences, Rogers, Bell and Telus said that they consistently offer customers competitive deals.


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Bank of Canada expected to refrain from rate hike until July Bank of Canada expected to refrain from rate hike until JulyIt’s no longer an issue of if, but when the Bank of Canada raises interest rates. Governor Stephen Poloz heads into a rate decision Wednesday where he’s expected to once again refrain from lifting borrowing costs, even as the economy shows signs of strength and is running up against capacity constraints. It’s a cautious stance driven by a wait-and-see approach to a long list of uncertainties — everything from NAFTA to the housing market — rather than any concerns about fundamental economic momentum. BoC governor Stephen Poloz is an advocate of the idea Canada has moved to the “sweet spot” of the business cycle, where companies expand to meet demand

and keep the economy at full output without rapid inflation. After the current pause, which came after three rate increases, most economists are expecting the Bank of Canada will return to a hiking path in July, followed by one more increase at the end of the year. Bank of Canada’s cautious interest-rate approach tested by rising inflation Bank of Canada head says subsidized child care boosts workforce potential “It’s all about the timing,” said JeanFrancois Perrault, chief economist at Bank of Nova Scotia in Toronto and a former central bank researcher. “From our perspective, rates are going up there’s no question about it, but it’s just when will they go up.” As of late Friday, 21 of 24 economists predict Poloz will hold rates steady, with the rest calling for a quarter-point increase.

Ontario Liberal MLA sorry for crashing NDP event Liberal candidate Shafiq Qaadri crashed much more to make a go of life.” Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s Ford’s plan cuts a middle class tax bracket campaign event Monday morning. by 20%, but Horwath says that actually The incumbent in Etobicoke North, means the richest people will benefit the where PC Leader Doug Ford is running, most. Qaadri held up one of his own lawn signs Wynne spent much of her time at a and shouted during her press conference. campaign stop in downtown Toronto “I think we both share a common goal, attacking Horwath’s opposition to the use of Ms. Horwath, against Mr. Ford,” said Qaadri, back-to-work legislation. who has represented the riding on the back She stood with Glenn Thibeault, who benches since 2003. left his job as a federal New Democrat “Shafiq, if you don’t mind, I’m going to to become a provincial Liberal in a 2015 finish my press conference and then you byelection, to say the NDP puts ideology can have all the time you want to ahead of practical solutions. “It talk to the media, but please don’t does come down to a question interrupt me,” she said. “It’s very of leadership,” Wynne said. rude.” Qaadri later told reporters “Without the ability to stop he had spotted the NDP bus as he strikes when they’ve gone on was waving to passing traffic at a too long or they’ve hurt too nearby intersection and decided many people, you’re left with to follow it. Qaadri said he had not very few choices. You can either intended to interrupt the event, but leave the province permanently did not apologize for the intrusion. Incumbent Liberal MP on strike, or you can give away “I will be honoured to quote everything that’s been asked Shafiq Qaadri Premier Kathleen Wynne, sorry, for. Andrea Horwath would but not sorry,” he said, referencing the empty the public purse.” Wynne said a reLiberal leader’s comment made at Sunday elected Liberal government would recall night’s leaders’ debate when she said she the legislature right after the election to wasn’t going to apologize for all her party introduce back-to-work legislation to had done to make life better for Ontarians. end a nearly three-month strike at York Wynne, however, was quick to call University. The NDP voted against a similar Qaadri’s actions inappropriate. attempt when the Liberals introduced “He shouldn’t have done that,” she legislation just before the legislative session said, noting that her staff had reached out ended for the election. to Qaadri’s campaign. “Upon further Ford, meanwhile, appeared in reflection, my actions today at the @ONDP Newmarket, Ont., where he was pressed event were rash and inexcusable. For that on when the Tories would release a costed I would like to offer my sincerest apology platform. He repeated his vow to present to @AndreaHorwath and her team.” the document before the election but gave Horwath, meanwhile, slammed the Ford’s no further details. tax plan. “He’s great with the bumper “We’ve been laying out our plan every stickers, with the announcements that single day…we put a dollar figure beside sound good, but the minute you peel back every single announcement that we a layer you see that his plan is not a plan for have,” said Ford, who has been criticized the people,” she said. “We can’t afford Mr. repeatedly by his rivals for not yet putting Ford’s plan. It will give tax cuts to the rich, out a full platform. where everyone else is going to pay much,

Canada would rather have no Nafta than a bad deal, Trudeau says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for Donald Trump on Nafta: Canada would rather see a trade deal die altogether than accept certain hardline demands. Trudeau said he believed a win-winwin deal was still possible in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement talks. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met his Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland earlier Tuesday in Washington to discuss the trade pact. “No Nafta is better than a bad deal, and we’ve made that very clear to the president,” Trudeau said Tuesday in Toronto in an interview with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Flanders, ahead of the Group of Seven summit that Canada will host next week. “We are not going to move ahead just for the sake of moving ahead.” A deal that could be a political win for Trump, Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is possible, the Canadian prime minister said. “The uncertainty related to what’s going to happen to Nafta is there, and is a factor, but quite frankly you can’t get around geography.” The Canadian leader also downplayed the impact a Nafta collapse would have. Whether Nafta survives, or whether Canada and the U.S. fall back on a

mothballed bilateral deal, or whether they fall back on standard tariff rates, Trudeau said “the interconnectedness between the Canadian and U.S. economies is not going to change any time soon.” ‘Negotiating Tactic’ Time is running out to reach a Nafta deal that could pass the current U.S. Congress and avoid upcoming metals tariffs. A U.S. exemption for Canada and Mexico from steel and aluminum levies is set to expire Friday morning. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan also has suggested a Nafta deal is needed around then to pass this Congress. Adding to pressure is a Mexican election on July 1 that could usher in populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as president, and the new threat of auto tariffs, which would hurt Canada and Mexico. Threats of auto tariffs seem like more of a “negotiating tactic” than anything else, Trudeau said. He said the U.S. president’s unpredictability “doesn’t push us to be willing to accept a bad deal for Canada, because quite frankly that’s simply not something we’re going to do.” Trudeau demurred when pressed if a deal could be reached in the next week or so. “We’re going to continue to engage with all levels of the U.S. administration,” he said.


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Conservative Maxime Bernier claims that black Liberal MP thinks the world revolves around her skin color Conservative MP Maxime Bernier has reproached a fellow MP for being too focused on the colour of her skin. In a Twitter message published Saturday afternoon, the representative for the Quebec riding of Beauce accused Liberal MP Celina CaesarChavannes, who is black, of thinking “the world revolves around (her) skin colour.” Bernier was reacting to a Globe and Mail article in which the author said Caesar-Chavannes “focuses less on policy and more on personal matters.” Bernier quoted that passage in his tweet, adding that it’s an approach vastly different from his own. “That’s the main difference between us,” he wrote. “You think the world revolves around your skin colour. My goal is to bring better policies to all Canadians. That’s an MP’s job.” Caesar-Chavannes responded with a message of her own in which she pointed out that she deals with policy on a daily basis.

“Unlike you however, I can focus on policy while also shifting the status quo and increasing awareness,” wrote the MP from Whitby, Ont. “That’s what happens when you #AddWomen. We get more done!” This is not the first time the two MPs have tangled on Twitter. They had a heated exchange in March after Bernier criticized the government’s decision to set aside funds in the budget for programs designed for Canadians with minority backgrounds. CaesarChavannes, who has been outspoken on issues of race, responded with a message on Twitter in which she told Bernier to “check your privilege and be quiet.” She later apologized for telling Bernier to shut up and offered to meet him to discuss the issue in person — an invitation Bernier declined. Bernier rejects Liberal MP’s apology over identity politics flareup on Twitter

Trudeau urged to probe Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s role in Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to gather security agencies and top policy makers to determine the security threat and economic cost of transferring Canadian intellectual property to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies. Andy Ellis, former assistant director of operations at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service, said he was alarmed at the extent of the inroads that Huawei has made into Canadian universities with the aim of acquiring leading-edge 5G wireless technology. A Globe and Mail investigation published Saturday revealed that Huawei has established a vast network of relationships with Canadian universities to create a steady pipeline of intellectual property to aid in the development of next-generation mobile networks. The concerns come in the wake of Ottawa’s decision to block Aecon Group’s takeover by a Chinese state-owned company on nationalsecurity grounds, and follows the Liberal government’s attempts since assuming office to improve trade relations with China, possibly leading to a free-trade deal.

Huawei has committed about $50-million to 13 leading Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, McGill University and the University of British Columbia, to fund the development of 5G mobile technology, which it has used as a basis to file hundreds of patents. Canadian university professors have transferred full rights to their inventions to Huawei in 40 instances. Mr. Ellis, now chief executive of ICEN Group, said the Prime Minister should assemble a team of deputy ministers and top security officials to examine what − if any − threat that Huawei poses in its drive to scoop up and patent 5G technology that draws heavily on the work of Canadian academics. “If I was Mr. Trudeau, I would say I want all of you in the intelligence community to tell me the length and breadth of what is going on here and to recommend to me some actions that mitigate it … [and] if we are at risk,” he said in an interview Sunday.

More than 1,000 CRA employees disciplined for misconduct over past 4 years The Canada Revenue Agency has disciplined more than 1,000 employees for professional misconduct over the past four years — on average one case every working day According to numbers obtained by CBC News, some tabled in Parliament and others provided by the agency, there were 550 cases of misconduct between April 1, 2016 and March 27, 2018. There were another 521 cases between April 2014 and March 2016 for a total of 1,071. A breakdown of the cases between 2016 and 2018 reveals that failure to protect the agency’s — and taxpayers’ — information was the top reason employees were suspended, reprimanded or even fired. That accounted for 222 incidents or 40 per cent of misconduct identified by the agency. The second most common offence fell into the category of “failure to protect CRA’s reputation.” That can include anything from being in a conflict of interest or committing a crime to tweeting out the wrong thing or yelling at a taxpayer, according to the agency’s code of integrity

and professional conduct. Between 2016 and 2018, 139 incidents or 25 per cent of the cases of misconduct fell into that category. Failure to foster a healthy and respectful workplace,” which includes a wide range of behaviour from harassment and discrimination to doing drugs at work or smoking in restricted areas, was the third most common infraction with 81 incidents (14.7 per cent). There were 58 cases of “Failure to protect and manage public funds,” which includes mismanagement, fraud, bribery and using insider knowledge and 50 cases of “failing to protect CRA’s assets and property.” The penalty, in many cases, was steep. Over the course of the four years, 301 employees (28 per cent) were handed the most severe category of punishment ranging from a 20-day suspension to losing their jobs. The punishment for 255 employees (23.8 per cent) ranged from a written reprimand to a suspension of up to 10 days. Another 218 employees (20.3 per cent) got the minimum punishment of an oral reprimand up to a

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Singapore on last leg of his 3-nation trip

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Changi Airport, in Singapore.

PM Modi arrived in Singapore on the last leg of his three-nation tour during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership and deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue. Modi arrived here after a brief halt in Malaysia where he met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties. An official welcome ceremony will be held in honour of Prime Minister Modi on Friday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. Modi will hold talks with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and pay a courtesy visit to President Halimah Yacob.

Prime Minister Lee will host an official lunch for Modi. On Thursday, Lee and Modi will attend a business event on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. Modi will deliver a keynote address at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. Modi will visit the Singapore Botanical Gardens where an orchid will be named in his honour. “Prime Minister Modi’s visit reflects the close relations between Singapore and India and will build on the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership signed in 2015,” said a foreign ministry statement.

Two held with gold worth Rs 55 lakh at Delhi airport Two men have been arrested by the customs officials for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold valuing about Rs 55 lakh at Delhi airport here. The accused had concealed the gold in a chemical paste form, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the customs. The duo were intercepted after their arrival from Dubai here on Friday. Detailed personal search of the duo resulted in the recovery of six transparent poly bags

containing brown colour substance weighing 2.9 kg, suspected to contain gold in chemical paste form, concealed inside speacially designed pockets in jeans worn by them, the statement said. “Extraction of the recovered brown colour substance resulted in recovery of 1.7 kg gold,” it said, adding that the gold, valued about Rs 54.84 lakh has been seized.


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Chief Minister orders crackdown on polluting units Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh government was seriously tackling the issue ordered a crackdown on polluting industrial of pollution in a systematic manner. Lashing units in the state, with stringent enforcement of laws and regulations governing the discharge of effluents into the rivers. His government will not allow pollution to affect the health of people at any cost, whether in towns or villages, the CM asserted, issuing a series of directives to the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and other departments to take action against any violation of laws in this regard. Chairing a meeting to review the situation in the wake of the recent incident of spillage of molasses into the Beas, the CM said neither the industry AAP supporters, carrying polluted water in bottles, nor the municipalities would be allowed to clash with police on their way to the CM’s residence flow any effluents into the rivers without treating them. Lambasting AAP and its leader out at the previous SAD-BJP government for Sukhpal Singh Khaira for “playing political “making a mess of the state during the 10 years games over such a serious issue”, he said his of their misrule”, Capt Amarinder said it would

Congress wins Shahkot Assembly seat by 39,000 votes Punjab’s ruling Congress candidate Hardev Singh Ladi won Shahkot Assembly bypoll, defeating his nearest rival, Shiromani Akali Dal nominee Naib Singh Kohar, by a margin of 39,000 votes. Ladi got 82,745 votes while Akali Dal’s candidate Kohar polled 43,944 votes. The Congress wrested the Shahkot bypoll from the opposition party Akali Dal. The Assembly seat was considered an Akali borough with the late Ajit Singh Kohar, Naib Singh Khar’s father, being elected from there five times. With this victory, Congress’ strength in the 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha will reach 78, a two-third majority in the House. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Rattan Singh Kakkar Kalan polled just 1,900 votes. The seat fell vacant following the death of sitting Akali Dal legislator Ajit Singh Kohar in February. Kohar, a former minister, was elected five times from this seat. His son Naib Singh Kohar was fielded by the Akali Dal. There were 12 candidates in the fray this time. A total of 76 per cent voting was reported on May 28.

Sajjan takes lie-detector test After the Delhi High Court orders, Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Wednesday underwent a lie-detector test in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The test was conducted at the CFSL, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, Delhi. A court order to conduct the test on Sajjan Kumar came on May 14 after he gave his consent for the same. Sajjan Kumar said he was willing to undergo the lie-detector test either in India or abroad and to also bear the expenses. The judge recorded his consent. The CBI wanted the test to be also conducted on Jagdish Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma. Tytler, however, refused to undergo the test. Earlier, Metropolitan Magistrate Santosh Kumar Singh directed the Director of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Lodhi Road, to conduct a polygraph test on Sajjan Kumar, who was earlier granted anticipatory bail in the case, and disposed of the application of the special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Supreme Court. “The court has examined the accused only as regards giving consent for the lie-detector test. The accused submits he wishes to give his consent voluntarily. A copy of this order be supplied to the investigating officer, counsel for the accused and to the Director, Central Forensic Science Laboratory , CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, with the direction to conduct the test on accused Sajjan Kumar on May 30.

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Police job for former CM Beant Singh’s grandson leads to legal challenge Twenty-three years after state’s then Chief Minister Beant Singh was assassinated, his grandson Guriqbal Singh’s appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police on Wednesday came under judicial scanner once again — this time on the ground of alleged discrimination. The petitioner before the Punjab and Haryana High Court claimed that Guriqbal’s graduation degree, obtained through distance education, was accepted without verification while recruiting him. However, his (petitioner’s) continuation as a teacher was subject to verification of his degree by a committee. Guriqbal Singh’s appointment on compassionate grounds after allegedly bending the rules has already been challenged. Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Wednesday issued a notice for August 1 to the state government, Additional Chief Secretary, state Director General of Police and Guriqbal on a petition filed by Gurvinder Rattan. A

contract teacher from Sangrur, the petitioner stated his continuation in service as vocational master (computer science) was made subject to validity and authenticity of his academic qualification by a committee headed by the state Chief Secretary. His counsel Hari Chand Arora added the petitioner had obtained a master’s degree through distance education from the Madurai Kamraj University. The committee was yet to decide the fate of such degrees. In fact, 192 clerks were not allowed to join as they had acquired degrees through distance education from universities outside Punjab. Their case was not isolated. Arora said the Department of Home Affairs accepted the BCom degree obtained by Guriqbal Singh through distance education from Paryiar University in Tamil Nadu without waiting for report from the committee headed by the Chief Secretary.


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INDIA

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh is new Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has been appointed the new Northern Army Commander. He replaces Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, who has been shifted as Vice-Chief of the Indian Army. Lt Gen Singh, 58, who belongs to Jalandhar, was the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) when India carried out the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC), destroying terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29, 2016. He has also had stints as Colonel and Brigadier in the military operations directorate that oversees and coordinates all operations and troop movements. Lt Gen Singh, along with Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, who now heads the Army Training Command at Shimla, are likely to be the front-runners for

the Army Chief ’s post when General Bipin Rawat ends his tenure in December 2019. Lt Gen Naravane is senior to Lt Gen Singh. Lt Gen Anbu from the Sikh Light Infantry moves to Delhi. The Vice-Chief is the head of all policy and planning of the 1.3 millionstrong Army. The current Vice-Chief, Lt Gen Sarath Chand, retires on Thursday. Commissioned in December 1980 into the 9 Battalion of the Dogra Regiment that draws its troops from Himachal Pradesh and parts of Jammu region, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh commanded the same unit. Presently posted at Army Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, he had earlier commanded the Mathura-based 1 Strike Corps, a strike formation.

In symbolic nod to India, US changes name of Pacific Command US military renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command, in a largely symbolic move underscoring the growing importance of India to the Pentagon, US officials said. US Pacific Command, which is responsible for all US military activity in the greater Pacific region, has about 375,000 civilian and military personnel assigned to its area of responsibility, which includes India. “Relationships with our Pacific and Indian Ocean allies and partners have proven critical to maintaining regional stability,” US defense secretary Jim Mattis said in prepared remarks. “Inrecognitionoftheincreasingconnectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, today we rename the US Pacific Command

to US Indo-Pacific Command,” Mattis said. He was speaking during a change of command ceremony. Admiral Philip Davidson was assuming leadership of the command from Admiral Harry Harris, who is President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to South Korea. The renaming does not mean additional assets will be sent to the region at this time, but rather recognizes India’s increasing military relevance for the United States. In 2016, the United States and India signed an agreement governing the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defense ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.

Sympathy factor failed to work for BJP in Uttar Pradesh by-elections It looks like the margin of 6,688 votes. Despite sympathy factor clearly all odds, like delay in polling and large-scale breakdown of didn’t work for the BJP EVMs and VVATs, Rashtriya in Uttar Pradesh as they Lok Dal candidate Tabassum lost both Kairana Lok Hasan took lead in Kairana Sabha and Noorpur from the very beginning. Assembly seats. She was supported by the Kairana BJP candidate SP, BSP and Congress; also Mriganka Singh, the by the Left parties and the daughter of deceased BJP MP Hukum AAP. Counting for Kairana is taking place at two places. Singh, was defeated In Shamli, for three assembly by Rashtriya Lok Dal Tabassum Hasan, constituencies in the district, candidate Tabassum RLD candidate namely Kairana, Shamli and Hasan. Noorpur BJP candidate Avani Singh, the widow of BJP Thanadwar, and in Saharanpur, for the two MLA Lokendra Singh who died in a road assembly constituencies falling there, namely accident, lost to SP candidate Naim-ul- Nakur and Gangoh. Hasan. Hasan was declared elected by a

Defence key as India, Indonesia ink 15 pacts India and Indonesia today elevated their bilateral ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terror, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held “productive discussions” with President Joko Widodo. India and Indonesia also signed 15 agreements, including those to boost cooperation in defence, space, science and technology, railways and health sectors, and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Jakarta last night on his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, was accorded a red carpet welcome on his arrival at the Merdeka Palace, one of the presidential palaces in Indonesia, this morning. The two leaders discussed areas of strategic cooperation,

ways towards ensuring better economic ties, closer cultural relations as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest. In a joint press statement after the meeting, Modi said India’s Act East Policy and the vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for all in the Region) matched Widodo’s Maritime Fulcrum Vision. Both leaders reiterated the importance of achieving a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty, international law, freedom of navigation and overflight, sustainable development and an open and fair trade and investment system were respected, the statement said, amidst China’s flexing of its military muscles in the East and South China seas. Modi also strongly condemned the recent terror strikes on three churches in Indonesia.

India seeks UK’s help to extradite Mallya India request UK for early extradition of Vijay Mallya, a liquor baron and former IPL honcho, said Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi during third Indo-UK home affairs dialogue here. New Delhi also asked London not to allow the British territory to be used for antiIndia activities by Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists. The Indian delegation was led by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and the visiting team was led by UK Home Office Second Permanent Secretary Patsy Wilkinson, a senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official said. “We have sought the help of the UK authorities in expediting the extradition of our wanted persons. The process is on and everyone knows that due to our proactive

action Mallya had to go to a court in the UK,” the official said. India also sought the UK’s assistance in extradition of alleged cricket bookie Sanjiv Kapur and legal help in prosecution of 16 other alleged criminals. During the dialogue meeting it is learnt that the Indian side communicated the country’s concerns on the recent activities of certain extremists and radical elements (Kashmiri and Khalistani separatists) in the UK. “The UK delegation was urged to maintain vigil over the activities of such elements and take appropriate action, including timely sharing of intelligence,” the official said. During the dialogue, India also raised the visa problems faced by its nationals, including delays in


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People missing ‘educated PM’ like Manmohan, says Kejriwal Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said people were missing an “educated prime minister” like Manmohan Singh. The former prime minister was the target of Kejriwal’s antigraft campaign during the 2013 Delhi Assembly polls and the Lok Sabha polls the following year. “People missing an educated PM like Dr Manmohan Singh- PM should be educated. Its dawning on people now that the PM should be educated,” Kejriwal tweeted, posting a Wall Street Journal

article on the falling rupee. Its dawning on people now -“PM Kejriwal and members of his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have earlier, too, questioned Modi’s academic credentials and the authenticity of his degree. The chief minister also attacked the BJP for playing “dirty politics” over the water crisis in the national capital. “BJP playing dirty politics with Delhiities war. Delhi was getting this water for 22 yrs. Suddenly, present BJP govt of Haryana drastically reduced this supply.

Indian economic growth hits highs in almost two years The Indian economy grew 7.7 percent year-on-year in January-March, its quickest pace in nearly two years driven by higher growth in manufacturing, the farm sector and construction. The figure surpassed China’s growth rate of 6.8 percent in the JanuaryMarch quarter, confirming India as the fastest growing major economy. For the fiscal year that ended March 31 INGDPY=ECI , the Ministry of Statistics reported growth of 6.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent for a year earlier. However, economists expect growth to be robust in the current financial year.

“Investment activity has picked up,” Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg told reporters, adding that the government expected a further acceleration in the coming year. India also reported 4.7 percent growth in annual infrastructure output ININFR=ECI in April, signalling a recovery after it slipped to a three-year low of 4.2 percent in 2017/18. activity jumped to 11.5 percent during January-March, after a 3.9 percent drop in the year-ago period. Analysts said this reflected the fading impact of the government’s move to scrap high-value bank notes that disrupted supply chains and caused job losses.

Congress to stake claim to form government after winning Meghalaya assembly seat Congress party won the Ampati assembly poll in Meghalaya, making it likely it will stake claim to form the government in the northeastern state, à la what happened after the Karnataka assembly elections. With the Ampati win, the Congress has 21 members in the 60-member assembly - making it the single largest party in the assemblywhile nearest rival the National People’s Party (NPP) has 20 members. After the Karnataka assembly results, the governor there first invited the BJP - the single largest party in the Assembly - to form the government. Similarly, the Congress too will stake claim in Meghalaya, as it has earlier said it would. In results announced today, Congress candidate Miani D Shira beat her nearest rival the National People’s Party’s (NPP) C G Momin, in the assembly

bypoll in Ampati, reported ANI news agency. Election Commission officials said the voting percentage in Ampati bypoll on Monday was 90.42 per cent. The seat fell vacant after Shira’s father and Congress leader Mukul Sangma, who won from two seats in the assembly elections, vacated the seat. Earlier as well, the Congress with 21 seats had become the single largest party in the assembly election in February. NPP was a close second with 19 seats. However, at the time, the Congress lost one seat when Mukul Sangma gave up his seat and NPP gained a seat after winning the Williamnagar seat election to which had been countermanded earlier after NCP candidate Jonathone Sangma was killed in a rebel attack.

Uphold international agreements and laws, says Modi at Shangri-La Narendra Modi on Friday reiterated and reinforced his government’s commitment to Indo-Pacific region and centrality of ASEAN to India’s ‘Act East’ Policy. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to address the premier track one Asian security ‘Shangri-La Dialogue’ in Singapore since its inaugural edition in 2002. Underlining his vision for peace in the Indo-Pacific, Modi advocated free sea and air lanes, connectivity and upholding international rules and norms. “We believe that our common prosperity and security require us to evolve, through dialogue, a common rules-based order

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SOUTH ASIA

Saturday, June 2, 2018

UN says violence against Afghan women carried out with impunity United Nations issued a blistering report on Tuesday accusing the Afghan state of violating women’s rights by failing to prosecute criminal violence against them, underscoring widespread gender brutality nearly 17 years after the Taliban’s fall. A law protecting women from violence has been in place since 2009, but instead of enforcing it authorities are allowing and sometimes overseeing informal mediation to resolve criminal cases, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in the report. In a country where women are often confined to the home and seen as subordinate to men, access to justice remains “severely inadequate” and promotes impunity for perpetrators, UNAMA added. The report, titled “Injustice and Impunity” -- documents

the experiences of women who survived violence and tried to bring criminal complaints against their male attackers in 237 cases across Afghanistan from August 2015 until December 2017. Of them, 145 were resolved by mediation, the report said, adding that it documented a “consistent pattern” of women being pressured by authorities as well as their families to withdraw their complaints. The report also examined 280 cases of murder, including many carried out in the name of socalled “honour”, in which women are killed -- often by male relatives -- for bringing what is described as “shame” on the family under an outdated, patriarchal social code. Only 50 of them -- or 18 per cent -- resulted in the perpetrators being punished under the law.

Radical idea from Ex-RAW Chief to resolve Indo-Pak border issues As the firing along the Line of Control and the international border between India and Pakistan costs lives each day, former Indian intelligence chief AS Dulat has said that New Delhi should invite Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for a dialogue to reduce tension and talk peace. Mr Dulat said General Bajwa was making all the “right noises”, referring to his April remarks that disputes, including Kashmir, between India and Pakistan can be solved only through peace talks. “We should invite General Bajwa, the army chief. He has been talking peace and also a lot of our frustration in our dialogue with Pakistan is because we feel frustrated by the armed forces or what we call the ‘deep state’ -- the ISI or the army. Therefore, why not talk to the army chief directly? He is talking

reasonably now. Why not invite the army chief, just an idea,” Mr Dulat told news agency IANS in an interview. India has maintained that it will talk only to the elected civilian leadership in Pakistan and has shunned talking to the Pakistani military, which however controls key decision-making on foreign policy - particularly with respect to India - and security in the Pakistani establishment. Mr Dulat served as chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the country’s external intelligence agency, from 1999 to 2000 and was a close aide to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Kashmir affairs from 2001 to 2004. He recently participated in an unique book of dialogues, “The Spy Chronicles - RAW ISI And The Illusion Of Peace” with his oncerival, former Pakistani spy chief Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani (retd).

US lawmakers visit Sri Lanka to see massive Chinese investments Amid the global concern over China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’, a bipartisan group of influential US lawmakers has visited Sri Lanka to gauge the groundlevel situation. Cash-rich China has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure since the end of a brutal civil war in 2009. Under a pact with Sri Lanka, China recently gained lease of the strategic Hambantota port for 99 years. Sri Lankan politicians had said that the deal, valued at USD 1.1 billion, was necessary to chip away at the debt. Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee, said,”While I share the hope of many that these projects will one day benefit the Sri Lankan people, I was struck by what one Sri Lankan official told me: ‘one cannot assume that China’s motives are entirely innocent.” Led by Thornberry, the Congressional delegation including Congressmen Henry Cuellar, Vicky Hartzler and Carol Shea-Porter concluded a two-day visit to Sri Lanka.

Over 100 killed in ‘war on drugs’ in Bangladesh Twelve more alleged drug dealers were killed in overnight raids carried out by the Bangladesh’s law enforcement agencies, police said today, taking the tally of those killed in the “war on drugs” to 105 since the launch of the nation-wide crackdown on narcotics trade about a fortnight ago. The deaths of alleged drug dealers by the elite anti-crime unit, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and the police has invited criticism from the rights group and foreign diplomats expressed concerns over the “extrajudicial killings”. Twelve people were killed last night by the RAB and police during their clampdown, between last night and this morning, in nine administrative districts, including the Bangladeshi capital, a police official said. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had on May 15 announced the launch of an aggressive war on drugs to smash the surging trade of Yaba, a cheap pill combining methamphetamine and caffeine. In most of the cases, bodies of alleged drug traders were found lying on the street or roadside ditches following the raids.


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FIJI

Saturday, June 2, 2018

FLP sued over claims that Attorney General used public funds to help his brother’s radio business Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and its CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum have sued Fiji Labour Party for defamation for an online post.n The matter was called before High Court Master Vishwa Sharma this morning. FBC’s lawyer Emmanuel Narayan informed the court that FBC would like to amend its claim due to the Fiji Labour Party allegedly making further defamatory claims on its Facebook page. FLP lawyer Dharmendra Kumar said he does not object to the amendments however the cost must be paid. Narayan further said he will need to consult Riyaz

Sayed-Khaiyum regarding the cost. It alleged that the facebook post by FLP claimed that FBC was unable to service its loan of about $21million and that the Chief Executive Officer of FBC had to turn to the Attorney-General to bail him out of the mess and the taxpayers got butchered in the process, as an easy way was found to settle the matter. Narayan states that the post is defamatory and has caused grave reputational damage to Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and FBC. The case has been adjourned to 2nd July for mention.

Symposium focuses on women’s role in democracy building With an overall theme on women for democratic prosperity, the Women in Politics Symposium held in Suva today aim to improve public awareness of women’s role as part of democracy building. Hosted by the Media Watch Group at the St Joseph’s Secondary School hall, the target groups were women leaders either involved in politics or aspiring to be along with civil society organisations and members of the public interested in the issues affecting women. Speaking today at the first session based on Press for Progress in Our Communities in Fiji and the region, Member of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama ni Naitasiri Vasiti Loki stressed

the importance of women in politics in terms of negotiating spaces. “In terms of negotiating space, when you come to us, make sure to speak our language,” Ms Loki said. “I am not meaning our language as in our dialects but remember when you come to us, there are systems already in place that are being followed.” Fiji Council of Social Services executive director Vani Catanasiga said at the regional level, one important thing she had learn was to know when to advocate and know when to dialogue.

FNPF expands investment portfolio The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) expanded its investment portfolio particularly in the tourism sector with the acquisition of three high profile assets in Denarau. The fund has announced their acquisition of assets from Marriott International which include the 297-room Sheraton Resort, 246-room Westin Resort, and the 111 hectare Denarau Golf Course and Development Land. FNPF chairman Ajith Kodagoda said this was a huge investment in Fiji’s major tourism destination and an investment which the Fund and our members can be proud of. “The Denarau hotels have been operating profitably over the years and are expected to provide good returns to our members,” he said. “The Development Land presents an even bigger investment opportunity and the Fund will explore ways to capitalise on this.” Mr Kodagoda said they had followed

proper traditional protocols seeking the advise of the Yavusa Navatulevu, Sila and Nabati (iTaukei landowners) of their intention to acquire these assets. The assets boast a prime beachfront location on the north-western tip of Denarau Island – Fiji’s premier tourism and leisure destination. Denarau is the most established and highprofile tourism destination in Fiji and benefits greatly from its close proximity to Nadi International Airport and the Denarau Island Convention Centre, the largest conference facility in the country. The recent acquisition also adds to FNPF’s existing stable of hotel assets that include the recently-opened Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa – home of the Fiji International Golf Tournament, Holiday Inn Suva and the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Former opposition leader Mick Beddoes wants younger people and more women in Parliament FIJI as a nation will move in the right direction when at least 50 per cent of the members of Parliament are young, and 50 per cent are women representation. These were the sentiments shared by the former leader of the opposition Mick Beddoes, who said unfortunately youth representation in Parliament today had been the same for some time. “We still adopt the approach that our youth and women are ‘token’ attachments to political activity, when in fact they should be mainstream participants,” Mr Beddoes said. “I also know from my own experience in past elections that getting women and youth to step forward and stand is difficult. “With the youth their priority is to get an education, secure a good paying job, or starting up a business and working to get established first before looking at politics as a career. “For many woman it is the same, but with the added responsibility and obligation they feel

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towards family and the need to ensure that everything at home is all good before taking that leap.” He said political parties must create the right supportive environment within their organisations and encourage youths and women to engage. “But not necessarily as a member of a youth or women’s wing, but as a direct participant in the decision making process.

Heavy silting a problem for Bulileka farmers Farmers of Bulileka silt that is deposited in their farms which outside Labasa are already feeling the brunt are situated along the riverbanks,” he said. of deforestation as heavy “It is quite a costly silting affects waterways in the area. exercise and we think that deforestation The area’s advisory near riverbanks need councillor Ram Chandar told Minister to be stopped.” Dr Reddy said the for Waterway Doctor Farmers in Bulileka during a talanoa session Mahendra Reddy that problem was faced by with Dr Reddy heavy silting was a farmers everywhere in problem with farmers in the area. the country. He reassured farmers in the area “Following floods farmers have to deal with that they would look into the matter.

Nausori man jailed 13 years for raping his grand-daughter A 71-year-old man has been sentenced to 13-years imprisonment by High Court Judge Justice Riyaz Hamza for raping his granddaughter.

The man was convicted of two counts of rape of his 13-year-old grand-daughter. The incident occurred between August 2015 and October 2015 in Nausori.

FSC pays out total of $24.7 million to 11,871 farmers in fourth cane payment for 2017 The Fiji Sugar Corporation has paid out a total of $24.7 million to 11,871 farmers in the fourth cane payment for the 2017 season. The farmers received $15.14 per tonne which included a top up of $6.30 by the government. The Corporation says a total of 1,631,375 tonnes of cane was delivered in this period and the payment is expected to

be deposited in the growers accounts by this afternoon or the latest by tomorrow morning. Crushing season for Labasa begins on the 19th of next month and this payment will assist farmers for preparations. FSC says a final cane payment which is called the “Washout Payment” will be made in October.


PAKISTAN

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Committee formed to investigate killing of Sikh leader A day after the killing of activist known for his patriotism a renowned Sikh leader and and activism for inter-faith rights activist by gunmen, an harmony. Police said the killing investigation committee, headed was suspected to be a targeted by a senior superintendent of attack. Capital City Police Officer police, was set up to probe the Qazi Jameel constituted an incident that has jolted the investigation committee, headed minority community in KPK. by SSP Investigation Nisar Khan, Charnjit Singh, 52, a prominent to probe the attack, the Dawn Charnjit Singh, 52 member of the country’s minority reported. Khalsa Peace and Sikh community and an outspoken critic Justice Foundation President Radesh Singh of the Taliban, was shot dead by gunmen Tony condemned that killing and said that riding on a motorcycle yesterday in Scheme the slain Sikh leader “always raised his voice Chowk area in the outskirts of the city in for Pakistan”. Singh hailed from Khyber Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, tribal region, but migrated to Peshawar in Singh was a religious leader, member of the early 1980s. He is survived by two sons several religious organisations and a social and a daughter.

Former ISI chief banned from leaving Pakistan In a statement on Monday, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spoksman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that a court of inquiry headed by a Lieutenant General is ordered to launch probe into the controversial book in which former ISI chief Asad Durrani also participated. In a Director General ISPR said that complement authority was also approached to place Lt. General Durrani’s name on the exit-control list (ECL). “Lt. Gen (retd.) Asad Durrani, was called at Generals Head Quarters to explain his position on recently launched book ‘Spy Chronicles’. A formal Court of Inquiry headed by a serving Lt Gen has been ordered to probe the matter in detail. Competent authority approached to place his name on ECL,” Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted. The statement came shortly after Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani visited the GHQ and explained his position on “The Spy Chronicles’ a book he co-authored Mr Durrani with

former RAW head AS Dulat. Hours after the Asad Durrani visited GHQ, interior ministry sources said that his name has been placed on Exit Control List (ECL). Sources also added that the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has been conveyed instructions in this regard. Pakistan army took strong exception to his book, saying that attribution made in it was taken as violation of military code of conduct. Lt Gen Asad Durrani, Retired being called in GHQ on 28th May 18. Will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in book ‘Spy Chronicles’. Attribution taken as violation of Military Code of Conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel,” Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor had tweeted on May 25. The book had sparked a controversy in Pakistan, drawing angry reactions from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani.

Heartbroken lover walks into Indian border, hoping to die A man is heartbroken over not being able to marry his lover across the border, he decided to walk up to the India-Pak border hoping a Border Security Force bullet would kill him. Instead, Mohd. Asif, 32 landed in the jail. He was caught by Indian Border Security Force near the Mabboke border post and handed over to the Mamdot police, BSF officials said. Asif told security forces that he walked towards the Indian border hoping that a bullet from the BSF jawans would pierce his heart and end his trauma. He said he wanted to hang himself but changed the plan as that would not have been the right thing to do during the holy month of Ramzan. A resident of Jalloke village in Pakistan’s Kasur district, Asif was in love with the sister-in-law of his

eldest brother Atik-ur-Rehman. Asif decided to end his life after twice being denied permission to marry her. His family and that of the woman disapproved of their relationship, according to his account. He said both were in love and wanted to get married. But the woman was forced to marry someone else. Sometime back, she got divorced. Again, Asif pleaded with his family to let him marry her, but they refused. He wanted a bullet in his head, but got biryani. He tasted Indian hospitality. Asif comes from a well-off family that owns around 25 acres of land and he has cleared his senior secondary exams, Station House Officer (SHO) of Mamdot police station, Rashpal Singh, said.

Judiciary poses problem for ruling party ahead of polls Visibly annoyed during a routine offshore companies. Sharif and his visit Chief Justice Saqib Nisar as family now face corruption charges that could see the veteran leader he has been going around the country in a series of trips as part into jail, and there is a growing concern within PML-N ranks that of crusade against corruption & the judiciary could dent the party’s bad governance, he picks up a dirty electoral prospects in a general steel bowl in one hospital, displays it election due soon. “The present towards the management and media scenario, the way the judiciary is and he said: “You serve food in it?” interfering in the executive’s work The outburst was captured during Chief Justice Nisar a recent visit to inspect patients ... the governments can’t work and their living conditions in hospitals in like this,” said outgoing PM Shahid Abbasi, northwestern parts of the country. With speaking at a news conference after the media following his every move and lapping election was called at the weekend. Justice up his verbal barbs, Chief Justice Nisar has Nisar uses “suo moto” provision, which allows become a thorn in the side of the ruling judiciary to take up cases resolve without Muslim League (PML-N) and its founder delay, and launch inquiries ranging from Nawaz Sharif, whose third term as prime the payment of sugar cane farmers by mills minister was cut short in July when Supreme owners and increases in grocery prices to Court disqualified him over an undeclared allegations of corruption in the running of the source of income, money laundering and country’s railways and national airline.

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Gujarat high court has denied bail to an Non-Resident Indian (NRI) living in the US, Ashwin Patel, who was nabbed from Mumbai airport twenty years after a murder in his native village in Kheda. According to case details, one Girish Patel was killed in April 1998 after he had returned from New Jersey to his native village Surasamal village near Nadiad. He had migrated to America in 1988 and settled there. He married a US citizen and the couple had two kids. A few years later, his cousin Ashwin joined him in the US. He lived with Girish for seven months before arranging a place for himself. The statement given by Girish’s brother before police revealed that Ashwin developed intimate relationship with Girish’s wife. This led to divorce of the couple, and Girish sent his children to India. In April 1998, Ashwin also returned India and met Girish, who was found murdered after their met during a booze party. Ashwin and two others were accused of Girish’s abduction and murder. Two persons were arrested and put on trial. They came to be acquitted later. But police could not get hold of Ashwin, who went to USA.

Yes campaigners want Irish abortion legislation to be ‘Savita’s law’ Campaigners for abortion reform in Ireland have said they will support a move to have a new law named after Savita Halappanavar, who died after being denied a termination in 2012. Halappanavar’s father has called for the legislation that will follow the historic referendum result to be referred to as “Savita’s law”. “We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called ‘Savita’s law’. It should be named for her,” Andanappa Yalagi told the Irish Times. At a press conference in Dublin on Sunday, Together for Yes, an umbrella group representing pro-repeal organisations, said it would support such a move. It also called on the government to start immediate work on legislation. “The people have spoken,” said its co-chair Orla O’Connor. Q&A Abortion in Ireland – what happens next? Simon Harris, the Irish health minister, will seek cabinet approval for draft legislation, permitting abortion on request up to the 12th week of pregnancy and in limited circumstances up to the 23rd week. The prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has said he hopes a new law will be enacted by the end of the year.


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Indian-American CEO pleads guilty to bribery An Indian-American former chief executive officer of an IT company today pleaded guilty for his role in orchestrating a scheme to bribe an official from the city of Detroit, federal prosecutors said. Parimal Mehta, 54, a former CEO of FutureNet Group Inc, between 2009 and 2016 hand-delivered more than USD 6,500 to Charles L Dodd, the former Director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, according to a guilty plea. This includes two cash bribes paid in the restroom of a Detroit area restaurant in 2016. Dodd previously pleaded guilty to bribery on September 27, 2016. Mehta pleaded guilty to one count of federal programme bribery before US District Judge Robert Cleland of the

Eastern District of Michigan. The sentencing in the case is scheduled for September 27. According to the plea agreement, Mehta sought preferential treatment for information technology company FutureNet in exchange for the bribes he paid to Dodd. Among other things, Mehta asked Dodd to cause FutureNet to be selected to fill open positions for contract personnel and to implement particular technological projects in various city departments. Mehta also asked Dodd to supply him with confidential information regarding Detroit’s internal operations, including information regarding Detroit’s internal budgets for particular technology projects and personnel, which would benefit FutureNet in its dealings with Detroit.

First-ever gathering of Indian-Americans elected officials For the first time, the US Capitol next week will host Indian American elected officials, leaders, philanthropists and some 80 community members running for elected offices in the November midterm elections. Senator Kamala Harris from California, the first ever Indianorigin to be elected to the US Senate, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address to the one-of-its kind of gathering. “We are thrilled to host the first-ever gathering of Indian American elected officials, candidates, philanthropists, community leaders, and political strategists,” Gautam Raghavan, a former Obama administration White House official, said. Organised by recentlyformed Indian American Impact Project, the day-long meeting on June 6 is expected to be attended by nearly 200 Indian-American elected officials, candidates, philanthropists, community leaders, and political strategists from across the country, Raghavan said. “It will feature panel discussions about how we can build political power in the Indian-American community,” he said. “We are also honoured that Senators Harris and Cory Booker will join us and give keynote remarks. Senator Harris has been a source of great inspiration for the Indian-American community, and all immigrant communities and people of colour. Her leadership and commitment to public service are a testament to the talent and patriotism of the Indian American community,” Raghavan said. Senator Booker, who represents the state with the third largest Indian American population in the country, has been a steadfast ally to our community throughout his career,” he said. “We look forward to hearing from both of them about the importance of political and civic engagement,” he said.

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Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza, creating controversy Donald Trump’s pardon of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza (pictured) came with little explanation from the President other than this, via Twitter: “He was treated very unfairly by our government!” The D’Souza pardon is all of a piece with two other presidential pardons made by Trump during his first 16 months in office. D’Souza, former Bush White House aide Scooter Libby and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio were all seen, by some elements within the conservative movement/Trump’s base, as martyrs -- people unfairly persecuted by some combination of out-of-control Democrats and the “deep state.” “Bravo! @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. “Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his

political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left— which is why they hate him. This is Justice.” D’Souza himself played into that idea with a tweet of his own. “Obama & his stooges tried to extinguish my American dream & destroy my faith in America,” he tweeted. “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for fully restoring both.” In all three of these cases, Trump chose not to consult with the Justice Department’s Office of Pardon Authority -making the call on his own. (A president is not required by law to huddle with the Office of Pardon Authority.) And the message Trump appears to be sending with this trio of similar-if-not-the-exact-same pardons is this: If you are being unfairly prosecuted or persecuted by the deep state within the Justice Department/FBI, I have sympathy for you.


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Rishi Kapoor hurls abuses at Twitter user

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Rishi Kapoor cannot keep calm when he has his Twitter account open in front of him. He has been trolled for his tweets quote often. A twitter user who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the Sanju trailer starring his son Ranbir Kapoor, opened up about his dislike of the trailer in subtle terms. This didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go down well with Rishi and he sent a Direct Message (DM) to the person

Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaifstarrer Jagga Jasoos has topped the winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; list in the technical categories for the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards to be held in Bangkok this month. Directed by Anurag Basu, Jagga Jasoos is about a boy named Jagga, whose adoptive father, Bagchi, enrolls him in a boarding school and mysteriously disappears. The film has cornered three awards in theA A A A technical category, including BackgroundPradeep Score, Best Renowned photojournalist Choreography Effects. Chandra and and film Special historian S.M. M. Other Ausaja include have joined curate a Jain, winners Niteshhands Tiwaritoand Shreyas unique show 75,â&#x20AC;?for which who bagged thetitled Best â&#x20AC;&#x153;Frames Screenplay Bareilly Ki uses; andrare photographs, Barfi Hitesh Kewalya wonpaintings, Best Dialogues posters, block print art, vinyl LP forsketches, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Marcin Laskawiec covers,the lobby cards and hand-bills inand 75 Dileep bagged Best Cinematography frames to celebrate Amitabh Bachchanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Yash Subramaniam and Ganesh Gangadharan journey far.won Bachchan is running 76, Raj Films,sohas the Best Sound Design for and thisSalman ode is on the completion his Hai. superstar Khan-starrer Tigerof Zinda

hurling illicit abuses. Rishi wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you know of cinema you prick. We are in the entertainment business not repairing anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image. As swipes like you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve to see films (sic).â&#x20AC;? Comedienne Aditi Mittal took notice of this exchange. She blasted Rishi for repeatedly being abusive to people on social media.

 

         

                       



           

      

   

        

 

   

 

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Arjun Rampal and wife Mehr Jessia part ways

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this any further.â&#x20AC;? Rumours about Arjun Rampal and Mehr getting divorced had been around for a long time now, soon after they were spotted together outside Bandra court. The actor however dismissed all the rumours with one tweet. Nevertheless, divorce can be debilitating for both the couple and the children. It is only by knowing how to handle it in a healthy and sporty spirit do couples get past this phase. For this, we spoke to psychologist Dr Prerna Kohli as to how two people can have a positive and healthy attitude towards a divorce. She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important for the individual to accept that their marriage has ended and moved on. It is important to forgive your ex-spouse, as it allows you to heal yourself.â&#x20AC;? Dr Kohli explains the importance of knowing how to maintain a healthy relationship even after you have parted ways. She says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;While you may distance yourself from your ex-spouse, it is mandatory to maintain a civil and healthy relationship with your ex-spouse for the sake of your children. These simple rules will help: firstly lead by example, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say negative things about your ex to your children. Secondly, instead of focusing your energy on your ex-spouse or the circumstances of the divorce, which will lead to a negative energy, focus this energy on yourself, on improving yourself, learn a new skill, make new friends, socialize more.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Film: ‘Veere di wedding’

Story: Kalindi (Kareena Kapoor Khan), Avni (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja), Sakshi (Swara Bhasker) and Meera (Shikha Talsania) are childhood friends. Kalindi and Rishabh (Sumeet Vyas) are getting married, and the four gal pals come together for their veere’s wedding. But of course, there can be no shaadi without showsha and a lot of drama. This wedding celebration brings out skeletons from the closet, unspoken truths and some harsh realities as well. Review: Four friends dealing with life, love, marriage and heartbreak isn’t an unheard of concept. But what makes ‘Veere Di Wedding’ a unique prospect is that here the pack of performers, is led by four ladies who make their choices, stand by them and have the guts to live their life the they want. There’s nothing holding back these gutsy girls. They speak their mind with fearless abandon, while they’re talking about sex before marriage, the lack of it post marriage, about orgasms and sex toys. They

giggle and laugh over it and analyse their own situations in life with a certain objectivity, which many may or may not agree with. It’s refreshing to see a film present its women characters, in not just a progressive light, but also with umpteen flaws and cracks. It gives them the freedom to make mistakes and move on and that’s the beauty of it. These girls are unabashed using cuss words to express their angst or get high and happy to let their hair down. They don’t feel compelled to explain themselves or justify their actions, and that is one of the highlights of the film. The story introduces you to the four characters and sheds light on their complexities. Kalindi can’t come to terms with the idea of marriages and the other challenges that come with it. She’s just going with flow because she’s in love. Avni can’t seem to find a soul mate though her nagging mom (Neena Gupta) is desperately trying to find her a suitable matrimonial match. Sakshi is a little too fiery to be tamed by relationships and Meera is married to a firang and they have a young child, but her marriage isn’t a cake walk either. The best part of Director’s Shashanka Ghosh’s ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is the vibe that these veeres share and their conversational chemistry. They are like any four millennial girls who live their life carefree.

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Shahid Kapoor tells the secret to be fit

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Shahid Kapoor says it is normal to have good and bad days, but it is necessary to connect with yourself from deep inside to improve yourself and to see the change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you can truly be fit unless you connect with something deep inside,â&#x20AC;? Shahid said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have good days and bad days, but if you want to keep improving yourself consistently, you need to connect with some life force inside you and generate a drive from within which makes you feel the need to push yourself and feel better, to get a sense of achievement and self-worth. Anyone who is into fitness seriously is connecting with themselves deep down,â&#x20AC;? he added. Known for bringing a diverse edge to his roles, Kapoor is seen unleashing his raw, physical energy in the new campaign for the brand Reebok as he is seen in a rigorous building routine of hammer shots, rope lifting and boxing. With this, the actor inspires the fit generation to truly reconnect with the inner â&#x20AC;&#x153;humanness.â&#x20AC;? Shahid Kapoor, who is also the

ambassador of the brand, highlights the importance of building relationships beyond the fitness arena. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came up with this campaign to showcase the raw, rugged energy of going out there and pushing your boundaries. That is why we chose to do exercises which are high intensity. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I connect with that, when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the best shape of my life itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I do things like in the campaign, which is the hard stuff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we wanted to showcase because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we feel fitness at its peak is about,â&#x20AC;? he said. The 37-year-old, who has his hands full with various Bollywood projects like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Batti Gul Meter Chaluâ&#x20AC;? and the remake of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arjun Reddy,â&#x20AC;? do take out time to step back, relax and enjoy the basics of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course those opportunities are limited. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to feel normal on a day to day level its possible to connect with simple things. If you crave to be normal and simple and live a real life and your cravings arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about achieving the highest high, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that. It usually happens through family, loved ones and friends. It can happen in a time of solitude as well,â&#x20AC;? he added.

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Salman brings his signature swag to ‘Race 3’ song

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Race 2 the hook line became, “Allah duhai hai, phir bewafai hai, mushqil rihaayi hai, haan tere yaar mein.” Now one would expect the writer to probably fall short of the similar sounding words for Race 3 title track, but to the credit of the lyricists Shabbir Ahmed and Shloke Lal, they come up with, “Allah duhai hai, phir jaan pe aayi hai, ab toh tabaahi hai, haan tere pyaar mein.” The title track in Race 3 may not be as energetic and high on tempo as it was in the first two installments of the franchise but what it does have is Salman Khan’s signature swag and Jacqueline Fernandez’s fantastic dancing skills.

Beach vibes for Nushrat’s first music video

Actor will head to LA’s waterfronts to shoot for Atif’s composition, which will also feature the Pakistani singer MOHAR BASU mohar.basu@mid-day.com

FOLLOWING her act in the sleeper hit Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, earlier this year, Nushrat Bharucha is set to join the league of actors featuring in music videos with an Atif Aslam composition. The actor, who is set to jet off to Los Angeles today to film the video, tells mid-day, “The song is being shot on the beaches of LA. We have zeroed in on a few exotic houses. My look in the song is soft, pretty and demure. I need to look lovable. It will be a challenge to keep up that personality, and add an element of vibrancy to my act. I am getting some style factor into it,” says Bharucha, evidently excited that her first music video has her collaborate with the Pakistani megastar. “He is a wonderful singer, and I am a fan. His unique voice quality has a lasting impact. It’s an honour to work with him. I am excited to hear him belt out my favourite tracks. Atif’s songs, like Tere bin, Kuch iss tarah, Tu jaane naa, Doorie, Tera hone laga hoon, Woh lamhe and Dil diyan gallan are played on loop on my phone,” she says. The three-day-long shoot for T-Series, we hear, is tentatively titled Baarish, and has been sung and composed by Aslam. This will mark the first collaboration of the duo.

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Big B ready for ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has already started recording the introduction and initiation for the tenth season of the reality game show, “Kaun Banega Crorepati.” Bachchan, who has been a part of the show for eight seasons, tweeted May 25 early morning: “It is 4:45 am! Just back from work, recording for the ‘KBC’ shoot tomorrow (Friday) at 8 a.m. So, no time to dwell here any longer, shall do so tomorrow. Love to all.” “After the days’ work, spent time at the studio to prepare the work for tomorrow on set for the KBC introduction and initiation,” he added. The thespian had made his small screen foray in the year 2000 with “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” a general knowledge-based game show based on the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” format. The registration for the new season will begin June 6, with Big B coming on air on Sony Entertainment Television and asking one question every night until June 20. Bachchan has won numerous accolades in

his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter. He has hosted several seasons of the game show Kaun Banega

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Jacqueline Fernandez Loves to wear Sarees “I jump at any opportunity I get to wear a saree,” said Jacqueline Fernandez, who declared that it was her favorite outfit. The Sri Lankan actress, who has made Mumbai her home and has made it big here, creates a splash every time she makes an appearance, stunning onlookers as she carries everything with panache. However, the actress states that a saree makes her look the best and she never misses a chance to don one. “I feel that the saree is one of the most stunning outfits,” she said. Jacqueline Fernandez recently grabbed eyeballs at Sonam Kapoor’s wedding reception in a white studded sari, complementing her hour-glass figure and gorgeous looks.


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These are the trends to look for Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing market

E-mail: ads@theasianstar.com continue to ease in the coming months, as buyers and sellers react to the new mortgage regulations and taxes. As demand is cooling, supply remains quite limited across the region, however listings are starting to pick up. Last month, there were 5,820 listings on the market in the region, up roughly 19 per cent from the 4,907 homes listed a year ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically, heading into the summer in the Vancouver market, inventory is at its peak. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been seeing an increase in listings in March, April and again in May,â&#x20AC;? says Moore. As for prices in Metro Vancouver, they have been easing since the beginning of the year and are expected to continue this trend in the coming months. In April, the benchmark price of a home in the region was $1,092,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 14 per cent increase from April 2017. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the very near-term, the most likely scenario is that prices might just kind of ease, not grow quite at the same pace. There might be some probability that prices might decline a little bit but at this stage the market remains quite balanced,â&#x20AC;? says Hogue.

As the weather warms up, industry experts agree that home sales and prices will continue cooling in Metro Vancouver as the market adjusts to stricter mortgage regulations and new BC housing policies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot for the market to adjust to and it could take a little bit longer for the market to adjust to those measures,â&#x20AC;? RBC Senior Economist Robert Hogue tells BuzzBuzzNews. Since February, year-over-year home sales have been declining in Metro Vancouver. In April, a total of 2,579 homes changed hands in the region, down 27 per cent from the 3,553 sales recorded in April 2017, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). A drop in activity is attributed to a combination of factors, including a new stress test implemented by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) on January 1, rising interest rates and new provincial housing policies announced in February. The BC governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing plan includes raising the foreign buyers tax to 20 per cent, along with a new speculation tax expected to be introduced this fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 2018 provincial budget introduced new taxes, it hinted at future taxes and it hiked existing taxes. Combined with the federal government stress test, it definitely caused a cooling of the market,â&#x20AC;? REBGV President Phil Moore tells BuzzBuzzNews. Both Hogue and Moore agree that home sales will likely

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Metro Vancouver housing woes driven by red tape, not speculators: UBC report says A new report on Metro Vancouver’s sky high real estate prices says speculators and foreign buyers aren’t driving the market. nstead, the

study from UBC’s Sauder School of Business points the finger at red tape, which it says is driving up construction costs. Author James Tansey said he wrote the study, which is based on a review of existing government and academic studies, after becoming frustrated with the debate he was hearing on housing policy. “The factors driving that are really much more tied to the success of the economy, to population growth and to high interest rates, and have very little to do with foreign buyers

and speculation,” Tansey told Global News. applications,” Tansey said. Tansey’s study He said the study found that of all Canadian argues that if the province actually expected regions, Metro Vancouver is the slowest to its new taxes to reduce housing demand, respond to low supply. its budget numbers would show falling revenue from the measures in the coming years. B.C.’s 2018 budget estimated a steady stream of revenue from the taxes. Projected revenue from B.C. government housing taxes. The study recommends supply-side policies that focus on reducing the time it takes to approve new developments, reducing costs, and simplifying the zoning process of higher density development in areas currently dominated by detached houses.

He said it can take up to two years to get a build approved, which can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the final cost of a unit — something buyers, not builders pay. Tansey says while there is clearly some speculation it is not the main culprit. The report argues that the government is making a mistake by focusing too much on demand-side interventions such as increases in the property transfer tax and school tax and the implementation of a new speculation tax. “We just need more supply, we need to reduce the cost of new development

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It also proposes reinstating the federal Business Investor Program (BIP) — formerly known as the Immigrant Investor Program — which allows foreign investors to get on the path to citizenship by lending $800,000 to the government. That money, the report suggests, could be used to fund affordable rental housing. That program was scrapped in 2014, but a similar program in Quebec remains in place, and has been criticized for offering wealthy immigrants a back door into B.C.’s housing market. In February, the B.C. government unveiled a 10-year, 30-point plan that includes money to give municipalities more autonomy and build more than 100,000 homes.


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The Asian Star June 2 2018  
The Asian Star June 2 2018  
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