Monthly archives: October, 2019

S Korean cuisine inspired by its Topography culture

first_imgLike most cuisines, the culinary flavours of South Korea showcase its rich history and culture. But, foodies in India often find themselves short of options when it comes to this cuisine which is much less popular than its Japanese and Chinese counterparts. Chef Ho Min Myung, a South Korean chef visiting India, lists the missing names on India’s South Korean platters. From the staple Bibimbap, a sticky-rice bowl served with a lot of vegetables, and Japchae, or stir-fried glass noodles, to the more complex chicken dish Dakgangjeong or tofu stew Sundubu-jjigae – options are aplenty for South Korean cuisine lovers, but lack popular following here. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor anyone who has got their hands on the food of this East Asian country, they would recall a decent number of vegetable-based side-dishes that are served with the main dish. What makes this food so unique and organic? “Since the ancient times, South Koreans are used to eating grains and vegetables. We have plenty of resources from forest because the country has more than 70 per cent of its land as mountains, and field and rice farming has been active.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We have four distinct seasons and various seasonal ingredients are used depending on its seasonal taste and nutrition. Usually, South Koreans have rice, Kimchi and side dishes for a meal,” said Chef Myung. The chef says the cuisine makes a healthy diet as it uses a large amount of greens. “Although it’s a trend in South Korea to be a vegetarian due to awareness about healthy food, meat is never missed on an important occasion. However, the cuisine has various vegetarian dishes apart from meat dishes with various reasons, such as topographical features, tradition and growth of a healthy diet trend.” Namul, Japchae, Kimchi and fermented sauces of South Korea contain the original tastes of vegetables for the global vegetarians. Furthermore, South Korean table manners also give a glimpse into their culture. “The first thing is respect to elders. Young people would not lift their spoon to start a meal until the oldest hold their spoon and start eating. “Also, you are requested to eat each and every dish on the table equally to show respect to the one who cooked and the one who eats with you,” the chef, who was on his first India visit, said. Asked if he has got a chance to taste Indian food, Chef Myung said he tasted curry and naan, “yet the spiciness of Indian cuisine with ‘masalas’ is intriguing and attractive as it is different from Korean spicy”. Myung, along with two other Korean chefs, is currently curating a Korean Food Fest at the Chaobella Restaurant at Greater Noida’s Crowne Plaza till August 11.last_img read more

25 killed as attackers ignite fire in Mexico bar

first_imgCoatzacoalcos (Mexico): At least 25 people were killed and 11 badly wounded when gunmen burst into a strip club in eastern Mexico, doused it with gasoline and ignited a raging fire, officials said Wednesday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned Tuesday night’s “shameful” attack in the city of Coatzacoalcos, and said federal authorities would investigate evidence that it may have stemmed from collusion between the state prosecutor’s office and organised crime. The attack is the latest to rock the state of Veracruz, a flashpoint in bloody turf wars between Mexico’s rival drug cartels and a hotbed of political corruption. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSurvivors said gunmen descended on the bar, the Caballo Blanco (White Horse), in a hail of bullets, blocked the entrances and set the club alight. But because of the loud reggaeton music pounding inside, many patrons and dancers did not even notice the attack until the entire bar was in flames, they said. “They arrived in several vehicles, with rifles and pistols. They threatened the security guards at the door and took control of the main entrance,” one survivor told an AFP reporter, speaking on condition of anonymity, as frantic family members rushed to the bar looking for their loved ones. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsVeracruz Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia tweeted that authorities had identified one of the attackers as Ricardo “N” — Mexican law bars the release of suspects’ full names — adding that he was a repeat offender known as “La Loca” (“The Crazy One”). The suspect was previously arrested last month, but was released by prosecutors within 48 hours, Garcia said, vowing that “this vile crime… will not go unpunished.” President Lopez Obrador said federal authorities would investigate why the suspect had been released, and whether there was a conspiracy between the state prosecutor’s office and organised crime. “There’s a problem there that needs to be investigated regarding the actions of the Veracruz prosecutor’s office,” he told a press conference.last_img read more

Modern facilities for inmates of correctional home

first_imgKolkata: Baruipur Central Correctional Home (BCCH) has come up with several modern facilities for the inmates, as well as foolproof security for them. The state Correctional Administration (CA) department has developed the BCCH as a model correctional home which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last year.A senior official of the CA department that the inmates are getting three star facilities in the Baruipur central correctional home. Two televisions have been set up on two opposite sides of walls so that the inmates can enjoy various TV programmes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChicken, fish and eggs are provided to the inmates on respective days. The BCCH has already been equipped with several facilities like a modern kitchen, a big dining space and more space for the inmates. The inmates of the Alipore Central Correctional Home (ACCH) were already shifted to Baruipur. Some more facilities are coming up. To ensure enough security and for better surveillance, a large number of CCTVs have been installed at Baruipur central correctional home. The CA department has given special emphasis on security at BCCH and have taken all possible measures for a fooproof security mechanism. According to a senior official of the department, steps are being taken to develop all the correctional homes along the line of BCCH. There are plans to set up gymnasium and separate infrastructure for playing games like hockey, football and badminton in other correctional homes. There will be facilities of a library and also an auditorium for holding workshops for the inmates.last_img read more

UP honour killing Dalit burnt alive

first_imgHardoi (UP): A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly burnt alive over his relationship with a woman from another caste, a killing that his relatives said also led to his mother’s death. According to the police, the suspected case of honour killing occurred at Bhadesa area of Hardoi district on Saturday. Abhishek alias Monu was beaten up, kept hostage in a house and set ablaze, Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said. Locals who rushed to the spot on hearing his cries and took him to a local hospital. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way on Sunday, the SP said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A relative said Monu’s mother died of shock after hearing the news. According to the SP, locals said Monu was in a relationship with a girl and had gone to meet her when the incident took place. Monu was returning after arranging Rs 25,000 for the treatment of his ailing mother, Ram Beti (60), his uncle Raju said. Monu was stopped and taken to a house by some people with whom the family had an enmity. They also snatched the money and set him ablaze, according to Raju. An FIR has been filed against five people, including two family members and two neighbours of the girl, the SP said, adding that an investigation is on.last_img read more

Particularly hard on foxes and bears Study finds oilsands change forest fauna

first_imgEDMONTON – Research suggests even underground oilsands mines have profound effects on the forest community that vary from animal to animal.“What you’re seeing in the oilsands is a change in how that landscape works,” said University of Victoria ecologist Jason Fisher, who works for the Alberta government agency Innotech.Fisher’s paper, published in the journal Frontiers In Ecology, looked at the effects of forestry and in-situ oilsands mines on 10 mammals from moose to wolves to squirrels. It found some species were winners and some were losers, but all were affected.“I didn’t expect to find an effect on red squirrels or snowshoe hares,” Fisher said. “The fact we found these consistent large effects on the entire mammals community was quite a surprise to me.”Fisher’s paper looked at 3,000 square kilometres of forest north of Cold Lake, Alta., that was heavily logged and criss-crossed by roads, seismic lines, well pads and other energy industry features. All the oilsands development in the area is in situ, meaning the bitumen is mined from beneath the surface without large open pits.“It’s an area of intensive development,” Fisher said.He and co-author Cole Burton set up wildlife cameras at 62 sites and set about documenting animal life. They studied species that could be photographed: wolves, deer, moose, bears, coyotes, lynx, foxes, hares, squirrels and a type of weasels called fishers.Three years, 141,000 photos and a complicated statistical analysis later, they had a clear picture of how industrial features were affecting the animals.The impacts were complex.Cutblocks, with their open shrubbery, were good for moose but bad for hares. Seismic lines were great for coyotes but terrible for bears. Trails were good for lynx but bad for fishers. Squirrels were fine with trails but disliked well sites.On average, Fisher found man-made features led to a decreased presence of moose, black bears, fishers and foxes. They were particularly hard on foxes and bears.But those features led to the other six species studied being more common, especially white-tailed deer.“A carnivore that makes its living by chasing things through the woods, then that species is going to do well,” said Fisher. “If you increase resources for something that can exploit (shrubby) vegetation, that’s the kind of species that does well.“For species that don’t rely on movement through a forest or (shrubby) vegetation, those are the losers.”No species was unaffected. That means a study of one species — say, caribou — can’t deliver a complete picture of how development affects ecosystems, Fisher said.“By trying to fix the problem symptom by symptom, you miss the underlying problem, which is the fundamental change to the landscape.”Scientists are just starting to sort through the tangled web of life in Canada’s northern forests, said Fisher. But they’re making progress, he said, and their work needs to be consulted as governments consider development.“We can’t demonize any of these industries. This is the net result of a bunch of things happening on a landscape all at the same time.“To not include cumulative effects assessment in a scientific way is to ignore a lot of the information we have available.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Alberta Attorney General Kathleen Ganley expecting first child

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s annual tradition of revealing the most popular baby names had special meaning Friday for one member of Premier Rachel Notley’s cabinet.Notley teared up as she announced that Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.The premier said it will be the first time that she knows of that an attorney general in Canada has given birth while in office.Fellow legislature members Stephanie McLean and Brandy Payne were both pregnant when they were appointed to cabinet last year.“We’re so excited,” Notley said at a Calgary baby store.“It’s really important for us in cabinet to have a new baby every year, really just to keep the dynamic entertaining and fun.”Notley announced the news alongside Ganley and McLean before revealing the province’s most popular baby names in 2016.For the third year in a row, Liam topped the names for boys and Olivia was the favourite for girls. Other popular names for boys included Benjamin and Lucas, while Emma and Sophia were the runners up for girls.Some of the more unusual names were Riversong, Notorious-Link, Righteousness, Awesome, Zyron-Thunder and BlueEagle.Alberta welcomed 55,594 babies in 2016, shy of the previous year’s record-breaking 56,529.Alberta has one of Canada’s youngest populations, with an average age of 37.8, compared with the national average of 41.“The fact that we have so many young Albertans, it’s one of many signs of our economic strength,” Notley said.“And, in fact, what we are starting to see already is that population shifts are moving back into Alberta’s favour. Fewer people are moving away as a result of the oil price slide. And we … continue to be a net growth province, even through the worst of economic times.”last_img read more

Uber Canadas service animal policy criticized by some disability rights advocates

first_imgTORONTO – Uber Canada has launched a new policy on how its drivers deal with customers who have service animals, but some disability rights advocates say exemptions built into the rules could still lead to discrimination.The company’s policy says drivers who refuse to give rides to customers with service animals will be dismissed.But drivers could get an exemption if they provide Uber with “written evidence, like a doctor’s or cleric’s letter … confirming that they belong to a group protected by human rights legislation and how carrying the service animal is an undue hardship,” the policy says.Uber Canada said the exemptions reflect the two most common reasons their drivers have provided for not wanting service animals in their cars: dog allergies and religious rules about contact with dogs.“Service animals must be fully accommodated, by law and by good conscience,” Uber Canada Legal Director Jeremy Millard said. “The exemptions clause was written to reflect very new court rulings on this subject.”Uber encourages drivers to use “every method … to avoid conflict and ensure service animals are carried,” including not seeking the exemption or putting a blanket down on their vehicle’s seat, Millard added.But the exemptions have raised concerns among some who use service animals and those who advocate for them.“It’s a bit puzzling and concerning to me that they are bringing religious freedoms into the mix,” said Yvonne Peters, a Winnipeg lawyer who has had guide dogs for over 40 years. “Everybody’s rights need to be accommodated, but in this case it feels to me like religious freedom would trump the rights of a service animal user (under the policy).”Matt Dierckens, who sits on the Guide Dogs Users of Canada’s board of directors, argued that people who have a medical or religious problem with service animals should simply not become Uber drivers.“If you sign up (to drive) for the service, then you are most likely going to get service dogs, it’s just one of those things that’s going to happen,” said Dierckens, who used to have a guide dog and said he was repeatedly denied Uber and taxi rides because of it.Allowing drivers a means to refuse rides to people with service animals puts Uber at odds with most other businesses and services, said James Hicks, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities“If restaurants can’t refuse people, if hospitals can’t refuse people then why should Uber drivers be allowed to refuse people,” Hicks said, noting however, that people’s beliefs and medical needs also need to be respected.“If it’s just that somebody doesn’t like dogs, well that’s too bad,” he said. “But if it’s actually something that’s going to cause them distress of any kind, whether it’s physical or mental, then I guess that’s a different story, and there’s not much we’re going to be able to do about it.”According to religious traditions followed by some Muslims, a person must perform “ritual ablutions” if they come into contact with a dog’s saliva, said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.“Each party in this (Uber) situation have human rights that need to be considered,” Gardee said. “At the same time, the National Council of Canadian Muslims strongly urges Muslim drivers to accommodate services dogs for riders with disabilities by considering a broader interpretation of relations between dogs and human beings that is found within the religious tradition.”The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on 11 different grounds, including race, age, sex, ethnic origin, religion and disability.Employers and service providers have a legal duty to accommodate people who have needs related to those grounds, but there are limits to how far they are expected to go, the Canadian Human Rights Commission says.Organizations do not legally have to accommodate a persons’s disability, for instance, if they can show that doing so would cause an “undue hardship.”That hardship could be high financial costs, or risks to health and safety, but there is no standard legal definition of “undue hardship,” the Human Rights Commission says. Each case must be viewed and judged individually.last_img read more

New Brunswick defends climate change plan while McKenna raises concerns

first_imgFREDERICTON – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is suggesting New Brunswick’s approach to carbon pricing won’t meet Ottawa’s requirements, but Premier Brian Gallant is defending his plan.The province released a plan this week that will see existing gasoline and diesel taxes repurposed for a climate-change fund, rather than adding a new carbon tax.But in a post on her Facebook page, McKenna says without adding a new tax, New Brunswick’s plan “does not create a new incentive to cut carbon pollution.”“Investing in climate action is great – but a carbon price does more than that. It also changes economic decisions by sending a price signal that wasn’t there before. That price signal makes pollution more expensive and rewards clean innovation,” McKenna wrote.She said Ottawa will assess each jurisdiction’s approach to carbon pricing next year, and if any fall short of federal benchmarks, Ottawa will impose a carbon tax.But Gallant said he’s prepared to defend the province’s approach.“With our plan we have beat our 2030 federal and Paris emission targets,” he told the legislature Friday.“We are committed to eliminating coal-fired electricity generation by 2030, and we have higher gas and diesel taxes than Alberta, which is the model province used to determine the federal backstop. No other province can say all of these things when it comes to their plan to fight climate change.”Gallant later said New Brunswick increased its gas taxes in 2015 before talks on carbon pricing began, and shouldn’t have to increase the tax again.“They are already some of the highest gas taxes in the country,” Gallant said.The federal government says the provinces must collect the equivalent of $10 on every tonne of carbon emitted in 2018, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.Under New Brunswick’s plan, 2.3 cents per litre of the 15.5 cents per litre provincial tax on gasoline will go to a climate-change fund next year, rising to 11.64 cents per litre in 2022, while the amount for diesel will be slightly higher.It’s estimated that will raise $37 million in 2018, rising to $180 million in 2022 when new industrial performance standards will be imposed on large industrial emitters.Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also the MP for the riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, said Friday that she hopes to speak with McKenna about New Brunswick’s plan.She said at least New Brunswick has presented a plan.“I think from there, there may be some modifications that need to be made, and that will be decided at a later date,” Petitpas Taylor said.last_img read more

Nova Scotia says it will boost role of Acadian black voters Definitely

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it will introduce a new law to make it easier for Acadian and black candidates to get elected in certain ridings.Government house leader Geoff MacLellan said Thursday the province would follow the key recommendations of a committee that studied Nova Scotia’s voting rules.“There’s nothing that strikes us as problematic,” said MacLellan.The committee was appointed in April after the province lost a court battle with a group that represents Nova Scotia’s Acadian population.The three-member committee submitted 29 recommendations to the Liberal government Thursday, saying the province should ensure black and Acadian minorities have a bigger say in elections, and also strengthen other means of representation.“It’s definitely a win for the Acadian community,” said Ghislain Boudreau, president of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia. “We’re very pleased with the report.”Doug Keefe, chairman of the committee, said the proposed law must include the broad principles for setting electoral boundaries.Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without such a law, he said.The lack of legislation set the stage for an incendiary standoff in 2012, when then NDP premier Darrell Dexter rejected a proposed electoral map drafted by an independent electoral boundaries commission.At the time, Dexter took aim at the province’s four so-called exceptional ridings, established in 1992 to give Acadian and black voters a stronger voice in the legislature.By 2012, the populations in the four ridings had become much smaller than the provincial average, which was about 14,000 people. Dexter said the boundaries had to be changed because the number of residents did not fall within a range of plus or minus 25 per cent of the average.In September 2012, the boundaries commission effectively abolished the predominantly French-speaking ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond, and it said the Halifax-area riding of Preston, with its large black population, must be merged with a neighbouring district.“That was the end of the exceptional ridings,” Keefe said.At the time, critics said minority groups in each riding would see their influence reduced at election time. In the old riding of Argyle, for example, there were only 6,200 voters, and about 60 per cent of them were Acadian. Under redistribution, the Acadian proportion dropped to about 22 per cent.Three months later, the Acadian federation said it would launch a court challenge to quash the redrawn electoral map.In January 2017, Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government accepted an appeal court decision that said the previous NDP government had violated the constitution by forcing an independent commission to redraw the map.On Thursday, Keefe’s committee stopped short of recommending restoration of the exceptional ridings. The committee said that decision should be left to another independent boundaries commission, which will be appointed before the next election.With a new law in place, the provincial government will be required to accept the map drafted by the commission, Keefe said.As well, he said the commission should have the ability to recommend the creation of additional ridings, over and above the 51 that already exist.Keefe said with the province’s rural population in decline, some ridings have become so large they make little sense to the voters who live there. He said some other jurisdictions in Canada have already created exceptional ridings in rural areas.He also said the committee heard during public consultations that members of the province’s black community, which makes up about two per cent of the population, had expressed their support for exceptional ridings.Boudreau, whose organization represents about four per cent of the province’s population, said the federation is in favour of creating new ridings.“We hope that there will be some protected ridings that will be re-established,” Boudreau said, adding that the federation will be pushing for a new, exceptional riding in the Cheticamp area of Cape Breton, which has a large Acadian population.MacLellan said it will be up to the boundaries commission to decide if the province needs more members of the legislature.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said every other jurisdiction in Canada has a law allowing the creation of “exceptional ridings.”last_img read more

Canada will push G7 partners to sign no plastics pledge to save

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada plans to use its presidency of the G7 this year to push fellow member countries to help stop the oceans from becoming massive rubbish heaps.At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trudeau hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday on ocean protection with academics, political representatives and executives from multinationals including Coca-Cola and Unilever.He told the assembled group Canada is using its G7 year to bring forward issues that don’t always get a lot of attention at the highest levels of international governance, including ocean protection, “particularly around plastics and pollution.”In an interview later, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said that could include creating a “plastics charter or a zero waste goal.”The problem is no fairy tale message in a single bottle floating across the sea.It’s estimated as much as eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year. That’s the equivalent of approximately 630 billion single-use plastic water bottles.“The health of the oceans is under threat,” said McKenna, who was in Miami for meetings with local political leaders, academics and university students on climate change and clean technology.The plastics issue will be a main theme at the G7 leaders’ summit in Charlevoix, Que., in June, with follow-up planned for a G7 environment ministers’ meeting next fall, said McKenna.Last fall, Canada signed on to the United Nations Clean Seas campaign, which was launched in February 2017 to draw public attention to the massive amounts of garbage that are ending up in the world’s oceans.Despite a rise in both recycling and composting in Canadian cities and towns, Canadians are still among the most wasteful people in the developed world, with 25 million tonnes of waste ending up in landfills in 2014. Garbage produced by households went up 18 per cent between 2002 and 2014.Jay Ritchlin, the Suzuki Foundations’ director general for western Canada, said Canada’s role in the total amount of ocean garbage is small but its leadership could loom large. However, he said the only thing that is going to have an impact is the “complete elimination of disposable plastic products.”“You have to find ways to reduce the consumption whether by banning them outright or taxing them or creating incentives,” he said.“But we’re not going to tweak the edges of our manufacturing system and fix this problem. There is so much plastic out there … that this problem doesn’t go away without getting rid of a substantial portion of that material.”McKenna said Canada’s efforts will build on existing work by international organizations and multinational corporations. A number of companies, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonalds, Unilever and Procter and Gamble, have pledged in recent weeks and months to increase the amount of recycled material in their packaging and work on recycling the equivalent of everything they produce.In 2016, a report launched at the World Economic Forum claimed if nothing was done by 2050 there would be more plastic in the oceans than fish. It’s a claim some have questioned because of the difficulty in accurately counting either plastic or fish. But even those who cast doubt on the comparison admit there is too much junk in the ocean and it is having a negative impact.Plastic bags and bottles pose a deadly threat to marine life, trapping them so they drown, cutting them, or even being mistaken for food.Canada has committed as much as $2 billion to ocean protection, including increasing the amount of protected marine areas. Ritchlin said the Trudeau government is doing better than previous administrations but the question now is whether they will follow through with the commitments.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Former MP Stoffer apologizes five times for his touchy behaviour

first_imgHALIFAX – Peter Stoffer, the former New Democrat MP known for his outsized personality on Parliament Hill, has apologized for behaviour perceived as demeaning or inappropriate, saying he never intended to insult anyone or make them feel uncomfortable.The series of apologies came the day after allegations of inappropriate touching and kissing were levelled against him by a former NDP staffer who recalled being kissed by him in 2006 and 2009 — the second time while surrounded by others, including MPs.The popular former politician and well-known veterans advocate held a news conference Friday in Halifax, where he said he was “deeply apologetic and regretful” for what happened when he was the MP for the suburban riding of Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook.Stoffer, who served as a Nova Scotia MP from 1997 to 2015, specifically denied sexually assaulting or physically abusing anyone.However, he admitted that his actions as a “touchy” and “very gregarious, fun-going person” may have led to behaviour that was perceived as inappropriate.“By some of the comments that I’ve heard recently, from some people in the past, they’re saying that some of my demeanour, some of my comments were inappropriate,” he said.“For that I humbly apologize without reservation. If there is any man or any woman that at any time felt uncomfortable … because of my demeanour in any way shape or form, for that I apologize and I humbly regret that I put them in that type of situation.”In all, Stoffer apologized five times.In allegations made public Thursday, Lauren Dobson-Hughes accused him of grabbing and kissing her without her consent on two separate occasions.Dobson-Hughes, who was an NDP staffer at the time, told the National Post that several MPs and senior staff were present at the second alleged incident “but nobody batted an eyelid.”She said she complained to her boss, former B.C. MP Dawn Black, after the 2006 incident.Black told the newspaper she took the complaint to then-NDP Leader Jack Layton, but was “disappointed” that Layton delegated the task to then-NDP caucus chair Judy Wasylycia-Leis instead of taking it up with Stoffer himself.In an message posted on Twitter, Dobson-Hughes said senior party leaders ignored a systemic problem.“For me, this is about the way — as normal practice — political parties … go out of their way to protect the electoral chances and reputations of abusive men, at the expense of legions of women,” she wrote.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Thursday that he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations, and he said the party would continue to “review, renew and expand” its harassment policies.Bob Gallagher, who was chief of staff to Layton from 2005 to 2011, said he was never made aware of the complaint against Stoffer, but he thinks the way it was handled — and that fact that Dobson-Hughes recalled no one speaking up for her the second time it happened, in front of other MPs — is a damning assessment of the culture on Parliament Hill.“The fact that you could actually have somebody kiss someone inappropriately and have other people around and nobody say anything and therefore the victim feels as though there is no way to really raise this as an objection — that is an utter indictment not only that there wasn’t a formal process, but that there was a culture of allowing that kind of thing to happen,” said Gallagher, who is now with the United Steelworkers.Steve Moran, a former senior NDP staffer who was the direct supervisor to Dobson-Hughes at the time of the 2009 allegation, said he wished he had done more to prevent something like this from happening under his watch.“I’m sickened, but not surprised, to learn these details,” Moran, who was the NDP’s deputy director of policy and research at the time, wrote in a Facebook post Friday, in which he said he would take part in any investigation.“I accept my responsibility in not providing a harassment free environment,” he said. “I clearly failed in my duty in this regard.”Stoffer said he has not been in contact with Dobson-Hughes, but he said he’s willing to talk to her.Stoffer, speaking to reporters gathered outside the Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21, said he did not intend to “insult or demean or belittle” anyone, but he said he has come to accept that’s “exactly what happened.”He said he grew up listening to the raunchy humour of Rodney Dangerfield and Canadian comedians Maclean and Maclean, a notorious musical duo known for their strong language and bawdy topics, and tried to enliven life on Parliament Hill with an annual party for the 3,000 people who work there.“Everybody knows that the office I had was, what I would call, a fun office,” he said, where visitors were encouraged to shoot darts or enjoy a beer.Ian Capstick, who was a press secretary to Layton at the time, said he always took issue with the way Stoffer behaved around young women in Ottawa.“I told Peter that on more than one occasion, directly to him,” said Capstick. “Frankly, there is a reason that I never signed his guest book, wasn’t welcomed for a cold one, never had a hat on his wall and never (expletive) played darts with the guy.”Still, Capstick suggested he should have shared his concerns more widely.“There are a lot of people, myself included, who are responsible for the fact that nobody ever actually called Peter (out) on all of this.”— With files from Joanna Smith in Ottawa.last_img read more

Coroner calls for protective nets around arenas following hockey puck death

first_imgMONTREAL – The death of a 12-year-old girl after she was struck by a hockey puck has prompted a Quebec coroner to ask the province to study the possibility of installing protective nets in all arenas.The accident occurred April 1, 2017, while Annie Alaku-Papigatuk was watching a hockey game in Salluit, a community in northern Nunavik.She was sitting in the second row around the middle of the rink where there was no protective net when a puck struck her in the head near her right eyebrow.A report by coroner Steeve Poisson says the young girl started crying, but did not lose consciousness. The girl said she was OK and able to walk and an adult who was with her applied a snow-filled bag to her head.Alaku-Papigatuk was accompanied home where she later complained of a headache and started to vomit.The following morning, her father noticed she wasn’t breathing and took her to the local health centre where medical personnel tried unsuccessfully to revive her.An autopsy later revealed Alaku-Papigatuk died as a result of the head injury caused by the puck.Poisson says a protective net around the perimeter of the arena would probably have saved the girl’s life.He has recommended that Quebec’s department of education, leisure and sport study the effectiveness of installing netting in all hockey arenas in Quebec.last_img read more

Rookie legislator leaves Tory caucus over decisions affecting francophones

first_imgTORONTO — A Progressive Conservative legislator who publicly denounced Ontario’s decision to eliminate the independent office of the French-language services commissioner and a planned French-language university has left the Tory caucus.In a letter to the Speaker of the legislature, Amanda Simard says her decision is effective immediately, and she will remain in parliament as an independent.The rookie legislator, who represents a largely Franco-Ontarian riding, broke ranks with Premier Doug Ford’s government over the two controversial decisions affecting about 600,000 francophones in the province.Simard said Wednesday that she was not satisfied by the government’s announcement late last week that it would create a commissioner position within the office of the provincial ombudsman, establish a Ministry of Francophone Affairs, and hire a senior policy adviser on francophone affairs in the premier’s office. She said the partial backtracking was not enough.Ford has said the measures announced in the fall economic statement were necessary to bring down the province’s deficit, although he has not said how much would be saved.Simard argued Wednesday the moves would not “contribute in any meaningful way” to the provincial belt-tightening.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Police find body believed to be of missing Toronto woman

first_imgToronto police say they believe they’ve found the body of a 45-year-old woman who went missing in a wooded area.Det. Anthony Paeletta says they found the body today around 9 a.m. in Crothers Woods Trail in the city’s midtown.Const. Allyson Douglas Cook says Stella Wong was last seen on the trail while on a hike with a male companion around 7 p.m. on Sunday.She says the man reported her disappearance to police, but Cooks says she’s not sure how the two became separated.Cooks says the force’s mounted unit, along with search dogs, drones and officers were part of the search.Paeletta says they won’t know the cause of death until an autopsy is conducted.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Not Canadian enough Edmonton womans girls denied citizenship under 2009 law

first_imgEDMONTON — A woman in Alberta says she feels like she’s not Canadian enough after her daughters were denied citizenship.Victoria Maruyama was born in Hong Kong and, because her father was Canadian, has been a Canadian citizen since she was a baby. When she was a year old, the family moved to Edmonton where she grew up.At the age of 22, she went to Japan to teach English.“I met my kids’ dad,” Maruyama said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “The plan was just to teach English throughout Asia, move around from one country to the next, but he kind of scotched my plans.”She was seven months pregnant with their first daughter, Akari, in 2009 when Conservative government amendments to the citizenship laws took away her right to pass on citizenship to her children unless they were born in Canada.By that time, it was too late in her pregnancy to fly back to Canada. Her second daughter, Arisa, was also born in Japan.The girls are now seven and nine years old and, despite moving back to Edmonton almost two years ago, Maruyama is still fighting for them to become Canadian.“We had to struggle to get my kids in school. We had to fight to get them health care. They had no health care for months. Then they had it for six months and then they were stripped of it again,” she said.“It should be my right to come home with my children and for them to be educated and … have health care and vaccinations and all those basic things.”A January letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada notes Akari and Arisa were rejected because “they are not stateless, will not face special and unusual hardship if you are not granted Canadian citizenship and you have not provided services of exceptional value to Canada.”Officials with the federal department said in a statement that decision-makers determined that criteria for citizenship have not been met.“As part of the determination, the best interests of the child were considered,” they said in an email. “However, sufficient evidence was not provided to demonstrate that the children have been denied access to basic services in Canada.”Maruyama’s lawyer, Charles Gibson, has filed an application for a judicial review in Federal Court. He argues that the rejection is unlawful and that the Citizenship Act is discriminatory.“It creates two classes of Canadian citizens,” he says in court documents. “One class that can perpetually pass on or inherit Canadian citizenship and one that cannot. The Citizenship Act precludes the applicant’s mother from passing … on her Canadian citizenship to the applicant.“As a result, the applicant has suffered a great deal of hardship.”Don Chapman, an advocate for “lost” Canadians, said the law also goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Canada signed in 1990.“You have the right to live in the country with your parents. You have the right to an education. You have a right to medical. You have a right to seek legal guidance if the country won’t do this,” he said.Chapman said there are many expat Canadians who could find themselves in the same situation.“It’s a problem that’s going to explode.”When Justin Trudeau was citizenship and immigration critic, he promised in a March 2011 news release to change the “anachronistic” law.But Morgan said the Liberal government still hasn’t addressed the loophole for second-generation Canadians born abroad.“It means there’s only one group of Canadian citizens that have a litmus test to get their kids in,” he said. “If the kids had been abandoned, the kids would be Canadian. If you or me or any other Canadian adopts the children, they have a right of citizenship. If Vicki had been an immigrant Canadian and then naturalized, her kids would be Canadian.”He said the Maruyama family is caught in the middle of the 2009 legal changes.“There’s Trudeau going a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and no, no and no,” said Chapman, who noted the Conservative Opposition has also been silent on the issue. “They all talk about refugees and immigrants, but no one is talking about this.”Maruyama said if they aren’t able to get citizenship, her girls could apply for permanent residence status as immigrants — a possibility confirmed by the federal Immigration Department.“They would have a higher level of citizenship than me because they (could) … pass on citizenship to their children,” she said. “But me living here 20-some years is not enough.“Not Canadian enough.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fentanyl and other drugs are delivered by Canada Post

first_imgCanadian governments are not the only organizations selling narcotics online and delivering them via Canada Post. There are far more potent drugs than legal cannabis for sale on the dark web, and savvy users know how to order fentanyl, heroin, meth and more right to their homes. The vendors selling these products also know that thanks to a strange gap in Canada’s postal laws, the police can’t search Canada Post packages as easily as they can those delivered by couriers like UPS or FedEx-so our national postal service is the method of choice for online dealers around the world.Where does this quirk in our laws come from? Why does it still exist? And why do so few people seem interested in fixing it-despite requests from law enforcement agencies across the country? This seems like a no-brainer in the midst of a national overdose crisis…but nobody’s stepping up to the plate, even in an election year? And, is there actually a silver lining to buying the worst drugs online-where at least customers can leave reviews?GUEST: Claire Brownell, Maclean’sAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03112019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Charges laid after 13 vehicles damaged in bizarre Edmonton gassplashing

first_imgEDMONTON — A man who was arrested in Edmonton with the help of a citizen after allegedly lighting vehicles on fire now faces charges.Police say no one was injured in the Friday evening incident near Whyte Avenue, but 13 vehicles were damaged.They say officers responded to multiple calls about a man who was reported to be walking around pouring fuel on vehicles and setting them on fire.In one instance, people with fire extinguishers rushed to aid a driver after liquid was poured on the hood of a vehicle from a jerry can and ignited.A suspect was arrested after he was chased and tackled by another man inside a coffee shop.Malice Sutton, who is 22, is facing various arson charges, possession of an incendiary material and assault with a weapon.Ross Lockwood, who was skateboarding with a friend in Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue bar and restaurant district, said he pulled out his camera and began recording when he overheard someone exclaim that a person had just set another car on fire.“There was a man wearing dark clothing carrying a jerry can full of gasoline. He was pouring the gasoline onto and by cars — parked cars — but more worrying, he poured it onto the hood of an occupied vehicle,” said Lockwood, who posted his video of the incident on Reddit.“The vehicle caught on fire.”In the video, the man appears to hold the jerry can towards people on the sidewalk, who kept their distance.“I think a lot of people recognized just how dangerous it is to try to intervene with someone who’s got a full can of gas and a lighter, and no one took real action until it was safe to do so, and that’s exactly what happened,” Lockwood said.The video appears to show the man walking across the street, raising his arms and throwing the jerry can into the air as his backpack falls to the pavement. He then appears to continue walking, apparently waving at pedestrians.The video then shows a person wearing a Hawaiian shirt and jeans running after the man, following him into a Starbucks, trailed by someone carrying what appeared to be a plank.“A man in a red Hawaiian shirt brought him to the ground, and after that, several others stepped in to aid the man in the red shirt and they held him until police arrived,” Lockwood said.Police said in an email that they responded to a report of a male pouring fuel onto multiple vehicles and setting them on fire on Friday night.With the help of a citizen, the email said, a male suspect was taken into custody and charges are pending.After 13 cars were lit on fire last night, the video has gone viral. Today I spoke with Ross Lockwood, who says he was initially taking the video for evidence purposes. He gives props to all the good samaritans with fire extinguishers, Hawaiian shirt guy, and EPS #YEG #WhyteAve pic.twitter.com/P8LDTNZPeS— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) April 13, 2019Police said 13 vehicles were damaged but no one was hurt.Social media reacted to video with accolades for the man in the Hawaiian shirt. Some posts compared him to Magnum P.I. One Batman-themed meme had a picture of a spotlight shining into the air, but instead of showing a bat symbol, it had a Hawaiian shirt.Lockwood has no idea who the man was.“I have no background for the man in the red shirt, but I just want to say thank you for the actions that you took on Friday night,” said Lockwood, who has turned over his video to police.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NewsAlert Quebec warns of possible dam failure on Rouge River

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec public security officials are calling for the immediate evacuation of an area along the Rouge River downstream of Chute Bell because of a risk of dam failure.The largely rural section of river affected is in Quebec’s Laurentians region, stretching about 15 kilometres south to the Ottawa River.An alert was broadcast calling on people in the area to avoid river valleys and low-lying areas.It comes as many parts of Quebec have been hit by flooding.More coming. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Film on Colten Boushie case wins 10000 prize at Hot Docs festival

first_imgTORONTO — A film about the killing of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan has won a top prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.Tasha Hubbard’s “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” has won the best Canadian feature documentary award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.The film, which opened the festival, is about the case of Colten Boushie.The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot to death after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm property near Biggar, Sask., in 2016.Last year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally as he was trying to scare off young people on his property.The Hot Docs jury said the film “has created a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”Other Hot Docs award winners announced Friday night include Matt Gallagher’s “Prey,” which won a $5,000 special jury prize for its look at a sexual abuse survivor who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.The emerging Canadian filmmaker award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, went to Emily Gan for “Cavebirds.”Pailin Wedel’s “Hope Frozen” won the $10,000 best international feature documentary award.The $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be announced as the festival wraps on Sunday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more