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Cape Bretoners will get some help eating better through new provincial funding for two projects that increase access to local, healthy food. New Dawn Meals on Wheels received $11,727 from the Chronic Disease Innovation Fund for its Cape Breton Community Food Hive Project. The Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op will receive $9,454 for its Farm Fresh Food 4 Fall program. “A healthy diet, combined with physical activity, can help reduce the risk of chronic disease,” said Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “These programs will help Cape Bretoners improve their health.” The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund supports projects that can help improve the health of Nova Scotians living with a chronic disease or who are at risk of developing one. “It’s important that we increase access to healthy eating information for the people who need it most,” said Claire Turpin of New Dawn Meals on Wheels. “This grant will help lay the foundation for more programs that encourage a balanced lifestyle.” The Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub has partnered with the Glace Bay Food Bank, Community Cares Youth Outreach and the Ecology Action Centre for its Farm Fresh Food 4 Fall program. “There is a lot of great work happening across our region to support healthy eating and physical activity and we’re thrilled to be a part of that,” said Alicia Lake, co-ordinator, Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub. “This funding will allow us to provide low-income families with fresh, healthy food at a very low cost each week this fall and offer workshops to increase their food skills.” The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund will invest about $300,000 in 18 projects across the province. Community groups, in partnership with community health boards, applied for funding for projects that will help people stop smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, get active, and eat better. “Many people in Cape Breton want to lead healthier lives, but are unsure of how to do so. With the assistance of these grants, they’ll have the resources and support they need to create and ensure a healthier, vibrant future for their communities,” said Aron Ashton, strategic partnership engagement consultant, Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Government is seeking input from persons with disabilities and those who work with them as it develops the province’s plan for achieving accessibility by 2030. An online survey, launched today, March 22, will gather input on the barriers faced by Nova Scotians with disabilities. “We know that many Nova Scotians continue to face barriers in accessing the programs, services, information and infrastructure that others enjoy,” said Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act. “We’re committed to addressing this and creating a province that is accessible to all. “It’s important we hear from those most impacted. We want to hear about some of the achievements that have been made and how we can build on them, and about the barriers that restrict Nova Scotians from being able to fully participate in their communities.” Collective input from the survey and additional public consultations, planned for this spring, will help with the development of Nova Scotia: Access by Design 2030, the strategy for how the Accessibility Act will be implemented. The strategy is expected to be released in September. Nova Scotia proclaimed the Accessibility Act on Sept. 18. The act commits the province to being accessible by 2030. The survey is available at, https://novascotia.ca/accessibility, and will remain open until April 9.
Kolkata: A combative West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday sent a strong message to her detractors on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr, saying “whoever messes with us will be decimated”. Banerjee, whose Trinamool Congress suffered reverses in the recent Lok Sabha elections, greeted people at Red Road here where a crowd of over 25,000 had gathered to offer ‘namaz’. “Jo humse takraega wo choor choor ho jaega (whoever messes with us will be decimated). This is our slogan,” she said in an apparent reference to the BJP which scripted a remarkable victory in the polls, bagging 18 of the 42 seats in the state. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Banerjee has also been critical of BJP’s use of the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’, alleging that the saffron party was mixing religion with politics by repeatedly using the phrase. The chief minister has lost her cool twice in the last few weeks over people chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ at some places in the state while her motorcade was passing through. “Hindus stand for ‘tyaag’ (renunciation), Muslims for ‘imaan’ (integrity), Christians for ‘pyaar’ (love) and Sikhs for ‘balidan’ (sacrifice). This is our beloved Hindustan and we will protect it,” she told the gathering on Wednesday. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “There is nothing to be scared… Sometimes when the sun rises, its rays are very harsh, but they later fade away. Do not be scared, the faster they captured EVMs, the quicker they will go away,” Banerjee added. The TMC supremo has been alleging tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the general elections, and in the run up to it. Meanwhile, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also extended his best wishes to people on Id-ul-Fitr. “May this joyous festival provide an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the country’s cultural heritage, unity, spirit of friendship and fraternity among all sections of society,” he said in a statement.
Nottingham: Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunch time on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility. There has been persistent showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and the local Met department has issued a warning for the residents. “A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website ‘Nottinghampost’ reported. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle. “There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” it said. As per local Met Office weather forecast for Nottingham, the heavy rain will continue till 7pm on Wednesday. “That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunch time on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degree Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degree Celsius,” the website reported.
As India celebrates International Yoga Day on June 21, the one man all Indians must fondly remember is Paramhansa Yogananda, who laid the foundation of yoga in the West at a time when it was nothing more than a bizarre word. Yogananda – born Mukund Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur – was in a way India’s first de facto NRI ambassador who made it a mission to popularise yoga apart from other things from the time he moved to the United States in 1920 at the urging of his guru. There, slowly and steadily, to a bewildered audience that slowly came to accept his teachings in hundreds of thousands till the time he passed away in 1952, Yogananda taught Kriya Yoga, God, and meditation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis was no easy task. With his ochre robes and long hair, his mere appearance invited ridicule, torment and even abuse on the streets. According to Philip Goldberg, author of “The Life and Times of Yogananda”, he endured sneers, glares, name calling and even stone throwing but maintained his dignity. There were even times when Yogananda and his close group didn’t have enough to buy food. So they would simply fast for some days. Building the network he eventually did in the US was no joke because it involved coin-operated phone booths, long-distance operators, telegrams and patient letter-writing, often begging for funds. Also Read – Insider threat managementMuch like what Adi Shankara did in India centuries earlier, Yogananda toured the US, going wherever he could: Miami, Seattle, Oregon, Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland, Colorado, Boston, Utah… He probably logged more hours on trains, station platforms and waiting rooms than perhaps any American. But Yogananda persisted – and achieved his goal. What eventually brought him unprecedented glory was his “Autobiography of a Yogi”, a spiritual classic of the 20th century that instantly became a best seller and brought far greater attention in all parts of the world to what yoga was all about. The book, now available in over 20 languages, continues to attract readers around the world, catapulting many on the spiritual path. From 1920 to 1952, Yogananda visited India only once, utilising the opportunity to teach Kriya Yoga to Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha. By then, Yogananda was a well-known figure in the country of his birth. Goldberg concluded after extensive research that Yogananda was an extraordinary human being, a spiritual prodigy, psychically gifted with exceptional inner powers and a self-realised yogic master. At one time, The Los Angeles Times called him “the 20th century’s first superstar guru”. Once Yogananda attained VIP status, he was welcomed to the White House by President Calvin Coolidge (1923-29). He also met Mexican President Emilio Candido Portes Gil. But Yogananda makes no mention of all these in his autobiography, confining it to spiritual affairs. On March 7, 1952, Yogananda spoke at a banquet hosted by the Indian Association of America in honour of India’s ambassador to the US at the Baltimore Hotel in Los Angeles. In a short speech, Yogananda said: “Somewhere between the two great civilisations of efficient America and spiritual India lies the answer for a model world civilisation.” As he came towards the end of his speech, Yogananda became surprisingly emotional. His close followers would later recall that he knew he was about to pass away. “I am proud that I was born in India,” he said, and recited a poem that read in part: “Mortal fires may raze all her homes and golden paddy fields; Yet to sleep on her ashes and dream in mortality, O India, I will be there!” As he finished reciting the poem, Yogananda slid to the floor and died, a beatific smile on his face. He had often said: “I do not wish to die in bed, but with my boots on, speaking of God and India.”(The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kabul: At least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a busy market in northern Afghanistan was hit by mortar fire, officials said Saturday. Several Taliban shells hit the market Friday morning in the Khwaja Sabz Posh district of Faryab province, according to Hanif Rezaee, an Afghan army spokesman. “Fourteen civilians were killed and 40 — including women and children — were wounded,” Rezaee said. He said the Taliban had been trying to hit an army checkpoint near the market. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe insurgent group did not immediately comment. Naem Musamim, Faryab’s public health director, said 14 bodies and 39 wounded people including four children had been taken to local hospitals. Some victims with critical injuries were airlifted to hospitals in Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province. The deadly incident comes as the war between the Taliban and Afghan security forces rages on, even as Taliban officials are meeting with US negotiators in Doha in a bid to bring about an end to the conflict. On Sunday, the insurgents will meet in the Qatari capital with various representatives from Afghan society as part of a potential peace process.
Kolkata: The water ATM in the SSKM Hospital allegedly remains closed most of the time in a day causing inconvenience to the patients.The water ATM was installed at the SSKM Hospital a couple of years ago to address the drinking water crisis faced by the patients and their family members at the hospital complex. Before the water ATM was installed in the hospital, people used to face difficulties and had to buy drinking water from the market. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe water ATM at the hospital used to cater a huge number of patients after it was installed. Patients and their family are now alleging that the water ATM remains closed most of the time in a day as a result they have to buy packaged drinking water from the market at a higher price. The patients used to get one litre of drinking water from the ATM at Rs 2. The patients also alleged that the water ATM is supposed to remain closed one hour a day between 2-3 pm. But, at present, it remains shut most of the time. The patients and their family members at the hospital are alleging that stores in the area are charging more for packaged drinking water as the water kiosk is non-functional for quite sometime.
There are numerous reasons to put an individual in prison. The idea behind imprisonment revolves around the broader purposes of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, seclusion, depending on the crime or offence committed by a person. Theories of punishment pertain to the intent of imprisonment and justify doing so in a certain context. But, going a step further, the notion of prison reforms have evolved to have a greater scope and apart from punishment centred on retribution, deterrence, and/or seclusion, incorporating the concept of well-being of prison inmates and in turn general well-being has come to become the cornerstone of the notion of rehabilitation as a purpose of imprisonment. Reform in prisons and asylums is an endeavour to upgrade conditions within prison premises, and in the process, also establish an effective penal system; reforms are also delved upon to seek alternatives to confinement in a jail. The purpose of reform is to enable a problem-free return of people in society. With respect to common practices, conscience, awareness of human rights violation, and a sensitivity towards well-being of others, the idea of safe and secure, clean and livable living spaces has extended to include prisons on ethical grounds. In more recent times, besides physical hygiene and security, prison reforms have come to include easy access to legal counsel, family visits, proactive security against violence and executing house arrest with assistive technology. There is also a parallel notion of making prisoners pay their ‘debt’ to society which forms the basis of strict and even cruel treatment of jail inmates. Unpaid or low-paid work is the most common instance of this with the justification that their work is for the benefit of the community (to which they have been charged for doing harm in some manner or the other). This also means, as it happens in some countries, that prisons can operate as labour camps. It is criticised that such a practice gives the government an economic incentive to imprison more people. An example would be in corrupt or authoritarian regimes such as the former Soviet Union when under the Joseph Stalin, many citizens were sentenced to forced labour for minor breaches of the law, just because the government needed labour camps as a source of income. Community service, for this reason, is increasingly being used as an alternative to prison for petty crimes. But while in prison, it is an area of constant deliberation to make the environment and living conditions better and safer. It was last year in April 2018 when the Aam Admi Party-led Delhi government amended the prison manual so as to bring some uniformity in rules and regulations governing the administration of prisons and management of prisoners in Tihar Jail. This step was taken following the High Court’s order for an inquiry into an incident of violence on inmates lodged in a high-risk ward in jail number 1 of the central jail. With amendments to Tihar Jail rules, a new manual was put forward to focus on female prisoners and general healthcare. Renewed focus on the safety and reformation of women in prisons became of utmost importance to the prison administration. Laying emphasis on hygiene and sanitation, the manual explicitly states that “every prisoner shall be provided adequately ventilated, clean, and sufficient living space with good lighting system… He shall be accommodated separately according to the classification and social-cultural background.” It was also hinted back then that the new manual might have legal literacy classes in prisons. But as matters stand, in a repetition of what often happens between the Central government and Delhi city/state government, Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal has informed the Delhi High Court that the Delhi Prison Rules 2018 was notified by the city government without submitting the file to him. Keeping the glitches of Administration aside, it is of greater importance to heed the significance of prisons from both perspectives of prison as an entity and prison inmates as individuals who will go back to the society they came from.
Acting quickly on the requests of Union Minister of MSME Nitin Gadkari and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the Ministry of Railways has decided to use locally produced, environment-savvy terracotta products like Kulhads, glasses and plates for serving catering items to passengers at 400 important railway stations.Giving reference to the KVIC’s grand success in its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’, Gadkari had written a letter recently to the Union Minister of Railways – Piyush Goyal, for the issuing necessary directives to the concerned officials for adoption of locally-produced pottery products like Kulhads, glasses and plates at 400 important Railway Stations, for serving food items in Kulhads to enhance the income of local potters there. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSubsequently, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena also met the Railways Minister in this connection – besides writing him a letter, requesting him to conduct an internal survey to get the feedback from Varanasi and Rae Bareilly stations, where Railways had adopted terracotta products vide its letter dated January 16, 2019. Approving the proposal of KVIC, the Ministry of Railways directed all Principal Chief Commercial Managers of different Zonal Railways and CMD IRCTC: “To further proliferate use of locally produced environment-savvy terracotta products like kulhad, glasses and plates for serving catering items at 400 railway Stations across Indian Railways.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAppreciating KVIC’s efforts in empowerment of marginalised potter community through its enthusiastic Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana, the letter further states: “Since KVIC is implementing various programmes/schemes across the country to create employment at the doorsteps to the poorest of the poor to improve their economic conditions, the above request has been examined and considered by Board.” Enthused with the Railways’ quick decision, Saxena thanked Railway Minister Piyush Goyel and said that it would encourage the local Kumhar community for higher production and income, as Railways have provided them a broad canvass for marketing their products at these high-commuting stations. “I still remember how the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had contemplated to bring the marginalised potter community to the mainstream with their economic development in April 2018. Taking it as a mission, KVIC launched its enthusiastic Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana in June 2018,” he informed. To meet the co-ordination between demand and supply after this recent order from the Railways, KVIC has decided to distribute 30,000 electric potter wheels along with adequate blungers, pug-mills and electric kilns, which will ensure production of 2.1 crore kulhads and other terracotta items per day. Saxena has recently launched a new ‘Terracotta Grinding Machine’ at Varanasi, which will grind the wasted terracotta products and can be used as mixture with the fresh clay. It would not only grind the wasted and broken pottery items, which can be re-used for the pottery-making, but will also reduced the cost of production – which is presently Rs 0.80 to Rs 1.20 per kulhad, depending upon the cost of clay. KVIC would provide one such machine in a group of 50 potters across India in this financial year.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Two Canadians are dead after a small plane crashed at an airport in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.The crash occurred Saturday at Sanderson Municipal Airport in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane stalled and went down. Photos show the nose planted in the ground.SooToday.com identified the victims as 67-year-old pilot Gilbert Belair and 76-year-old John Paul Finck. They lived in Ontario in the Sault Ste. Marie area, and both were members of a local flying group.Belair’s friend, David West, says he nearly fainted when he got the news. He says Belair “would do anything for anybody.”
VICTORIA – British Columbia premier-designate John Horgan has a group of political veterans to choose from for his New Democrat cabinet, a team that is bound to be tested by an experienced Liberal opposition. Here are five members who may play major roles in Horgan’s government:Carole James: The first person Horgan hugged after the confidence vote in the legislature that defeated Christy Clark’s Liberal government. The four-term Victoria New Democrat was party leader for seven years and through two elections, both won by the Liberals.James has been the NDP’s finance critic and is considered a solid candidate for finance minister. She has also served as the children’s ministry critic and is a staunch advocate for seniors care.Mike Farnworth: He is a five-term New Democrat from Port Coquitlam in suburban Vancouver who was first elected in 1991, back when Mike Harcourt was B.C.’s NDP premier. He was the NDP’s most recent justice critic and caucus house leader.Farnworth is a former health and municipal affairs minister in previous NDP governments.He entered two NDP leadership races, losing first to leader Adrian Dix before dropping out of the last leadership contest, allowing Horgan to be acclaimed party leader.Adrian Dix: The four-term Vancouver legislature member was party leader from 2011 to 2014. He led the NDP to defeat in the 2013 election when the party had been leading in the polls. Dix is known as an dogged and effective critic who has been able to drive change from the Opposition side of the house.He has been the NDP’s recent critic for B.C. Hydro, the Crown corporation building the Site C dam.Dix’s pursuit of inadequate government child protection policies more than a decade ago was largely responsible for a government overhaul of the child-welfare system and the creation of the province’s independent children and youth watchdog.David Eby: A two-term New Democrat from Vancouver who defeated Clark in the Vancouver-Point Grey riding in 2013. He has been the NDP’s critic for housing, liquor policy, gaming and the Metro Vancouver transit system.Eby was considered a contender for leadership after the 2013 election, but chose to stay out of the race to spend more time with his young family. He has been a strong critic on housing and gaming issues, and often generates intense media and public attention on issues.Eby is a lawyer, noted for his work on constitutional and administrative law issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms.Michelle Mungall: The three-term New Democrat from Nelson is a staunch Horgan loyalist who backed the premier-designate during his first leadership bid that was eventually won by Dix.Michelle has been the NDP’s social development spokesperson, often advocating on behalf of disabled and vulnerable people. She is also the deputy house leader.
MONTREAL – There is an overwhelming national consensus that legal marijuana must be priced, taxed and made available competitively with the black market, the man tasked with leading the drug’s legalization in Canada said Monday.All the provinces agree more needs to be done to better protect children and to take away revenues from organized criminals, MP Bill Blair said in an interview Monday.Canada plans on legalizing marijuana by July 2018 by allowing adults to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis in public, and to grow up to four plants per household.Distribution and sale of the drug is up to the provinces, however, and there are still questions about how much they will tax marijuana or restrict its availability on their territory.Blair has been on a national tour speaking with municipal and provincial politicians and other stakeholders regarding the fast-approaching legalization deadline.The details are still unclear as to how provinces such as Quebec will legislate the distribution, price and access of legal pot and public consultations are ongoing across the province.“I would never presume to speak for Quebec or any other province in this regard,” Blair said. “But in all the conversations I’ve been involved with — including Quebec — there is an overwhelming consensus that we need to do a better job protecting our communities and our kids.“That we don’t want to leave this business with organized crime, and in order to defeat organized crime on this thing, we have to be able to be competitive with price and quality and access.”Blair said while there will savings to the provinces by reducing the number of marijuana-related arrests and cases moving through the criminal court system, an investment up-front will still be required.“We’re going to have to invest in infrastructure and administration and those who are responsible for keeping communities safe will need legislation, technology, the tools, resources and training — and that will require investment,” he said.Adam Greenblatt with Ontario-based medical marijuana company, Canopy Growth, said an important issue in the debate is product branding.Bill C-45, the legislation to legalize marijuana that is making its way through the Parliamentary process, prohibits marketing the drug in a way “that could be appealing to young persons or encourage its consumption.”“It’s important for us to differentiate our products from one another, but also from the illicit market,” Greenblatt said. “Brands help solidify consumer confidence.”Blair said there is room in the legislation to allow “for some level of branding” — but within reasonable limits.If provinces aren’t ready with their legal framework by July 2018, the federal government plans on making weed available to any Canadians by the federally regulated mail service through licensed producers, which is currently how many medical marijuana patients receive their product.Greenblatt, Quebec brand manager for Canopy Growth, said allowing direct online sales to anyone in Quebec “is a touchy issue” in the province.He said the province’s health authorities have raised concerns about mail-order marijuana once it becomes legal.Greenblatt, whose company sells marijuana online and delivers it to patients through the mail, said “it’s all the more important to allow us to continue doing this because there is already a black market mail-order business.”
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is putting pressure on Canada’s two major railways to clear a growing backlog of grain shipments that is undermining the country’s reputation as a reliable exporter and putting farmers in a cash-flow crunch.Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay have written jointly to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to express their “serious concerns” about the failure of the railways to meet the expectations of shippers and customers over the winter.The two ministers say they understand that the railways have faced challenges due to a larger than expected grain crop last year and extreme winter weather.Nevertheless, they call the railways’ performance “disappointing” and ask them to take further action.Specifically, the ministers request that the two federally regulated companies publicly provide a clear description of how they intend to clear the backlog and their plans for maintaining the fluidity of shipments going forward once the backlog is eliminated.They give the companies until March 15 to publish the information on their websites.The ministers say the lack of reliability in moving goods by rail is a problem that’s most acute for grain farmers, “who need to deliver their grain in order to secure cash flow to pay off past loans and purchase inputs for the upcoming crop year.”However, they point out that the problem goes well beyond farmers.“Over the course of the winter, we have heard concerns from shippers in a variety of sectors who are experiencing severe challenges due to rail service and capacity issues,” the ministers write in the letter, sent Tuesday to the presidents of CN and CP.“For example, forestry, energy and chemicals shippers have indicated that they have lost significant business and opportunities due to the inability to move their products in a timely and efficient way. Canada’s international reputation as a reliable supplier is at stake.”The letter comes one day after CN dumped its president, Luc Jobin, in the midst of growing complaints from western farmers about the backlog of grain shipments. Veteran CN employee Jean-Jacques Ruest was named interim president.And it comes one day before an emergency meeting of the House of Commons transport committee is scheduled to explore the backlog problem.According to the Ag Transport Coalition, the two railways combined provided only 38 per cent of the rail cars ordered by grain shippers during the week of Feb. 12 — CP delivered 66 per cent of the cars, while CN delivered just 17 per cent.Opposition parties have been pushing the government to order the railways to supply more cars for grain shipments. But government officials argue that it’s not that simple; any increase in cars for grain means shortchanging the number of cars available for other products, which are facing shipment delays of their own.Various organizations representing grain growers have argued that at least part of the solution is the passage of Bill C-49. The legislation would, among other things, financially penalize railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars on time. However, that bill has been stalled in the Senate since the fall.Nevertheless, Garneau and MacAulay advise the railways that they should already be preparing to meet the new requirements that the legislation will eventually impose once enacted.Specifically, they say the companies should be preparing to publish each summer a report on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, based on initial crop size estimates. And they should be preparing to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping grain shipments moving regardless of bad weather.“We expect railways to undertake robust planning exercises to develop these reports, in collaboration with shippers and producers,” they say in the letter.“These reports will improve transparency in the rail transportation network, enabling supply chain partners to plan their operations accordingly and helping to reduce the kind of challenges that have arisen this year.”
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is going to let medical cannabis users light up in some public places.New rules announced by the province will allow medical users to smoke or vape marijuana in public, except for a few exceptions such as playgrounds, beaches, stadiums and outdoor restaurant and bar patios.Those who want to smoke on the street or sidewalk will have to stay at least eight metres away from entrances to public buildings, wading pools and other areas.The province has already announced much stricter rules for recreational pot use, which will be banned in all public places, including streets and sidewalks.People who break Manitoba’s rules on public cannabis consumption will face fines of up to $2,542.The rules only cover smoking or vaping in most areas, which means consumption of edibles will be allowed in all areas except schools, vehicles and boats.
TORONTO – Once again this week, no winning ticket was sold for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.However, there were also 53 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and 23 of them were won, to be shared amongst 39 winning ticket holders across the country.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Oct. 26 will remain at approximately $60 million, but the number of Maxmillions offered will increase to 55.
Scott Brison is quitting a political career he loves to spend more time with a cherished family that politics made possible.After 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants – initially as a Progressive Conservative MP before jumping to the Liberals in 2003 – Brison told The Canadian Press it’s time for a change. He’s decided not to seek re-election this fall.He’s not sure whether he’ll remain a Liberal MP until the Oct. 21 vote but he will be resigning shortly from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, where he serves as president of the Treasury Board.“I’ve informed the prime minister that I’m not running again but I’ve also told him that I want to relinquish my cabinet responsibilities in a timely manner and support transition to a new minister,” Brison said in an interview. “My personal view is that the prime minister and the government are best served by ministers who will be running in the next election.”He said he’s announcing his decision now to give Liberals in his riding time for a nomination contest to choose who will carry the party’s banner in the coming election.Brison’s departure will trigger at least a small cabinet shuffle, although there is speculation that Trudeau will make bigger changes to his front bench as early as Monday to put it in fighting trim for the election.Trudeau praised Brison in a tweet Thursday as ‘a tireless champion for the people of Nova Scotia and for Canada” and as “one of the friendliest people you will ever meet in this business.”In an era of mounting cynicism about politics, Brison is passionate about its ability to make a difference in people’s lives.“I believe now, more than ever before, that government matters, that members of Parliament matter and that politics matters. There’s no area of work where you can make more of a difference in people’s lives,” he said.So why retire from the political fray he so evidently loves? He offered three reasons.“They say that life begins at 50. Well, I’m 51 and I’m ready for new challenges,” he said, adding that he’ll likely wind up back in business, where he once worked as an investment banker.Beyond that, he said he wants to leave when he’s “on top” of his political career, not waiting to be carried off “in a body bag or air-lifted off the field.”But above all else, he said the decision is about – and was made together with – his family, husband Maxime St. Pierre and their four-year-old twin daughters Rose and Claire.“I think Max and Rose and Claire, to me they’re miracles.”Brison made history as Canada’s first openly gay federal cabinet minister and again as the first federal politician to wed his same-sex partner. Yet homosexuality wasn’t even legal in Canada until two years after he was born.“I spent the first two years of my life destined for a life of criminality,” he quipped.But Brison became emotional as he reflected on the transformation in gay rights since the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was entrenched in Canada’s Constitution in 1982 and his own part in subsequent debates that resulted in equality for same-sex couples.“When I realized I was gay, when I totally accepted that I was gay, I thought that my life, I thought that it was going to be very compromised,” Brison said, his voice catching as he struggled to hold back tears.“I thought accepting the fact that I was gay was going to mean, among other things, that I would not be able to ever enter public life or successfully accomplish the kinds of things that I wanted to do. I thought it would mean that I would never have a spouse or children.“I just feel very lucky in that I’ve been able to be part of changing history … during a time when these decisions have been made that have actually made a difference not just in the lives of Canadians broadly but have made a direct difference in my life.”And those decisions, he emphasized, were made by politicians, underscoring his belief that “politics matters, government matters, leadership matters and good people can make a big difference in public life.”For his own part, Brison believes he was able to make a difference in each of the seven mandates the people of Kings-Hants gave him, whether it was as an opposition MP in the “nosebleeds” of the House of Commons or on the front bench in the governments of Paul Martin and now Trudeau.He denied that his decision to quit politics is in any way related to the current controversy surrounding his role in the suspension of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the military’s second-in-command who has been charged with leaking cabinet secrets. Defence lawyers are expected to make Brison a star witness when the case goes to trial in August – just weeks before this year’s election campaign officially starts.“If that issue had never occurred, I would be making the same decision that I’m making now,” he said, refusing to further discuss issues that are now before the court.Brison has been accused of pressuring the newly minted Trudeau government in 2015 to suspend a $700-million plan to build a new supply ship, a move that the RCMP alleges prompted Norman to leak secrets to Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding so it could pressure the Liberals into restarting the project.But he’s told the House of Commons that he simply did his job as Treasury Board president, the minder of the public purse, to ensure taxpayers were getting good value for the ship contract.Brison has also denied accusations levelled by Norman’s lawyers and echoed by opposition MPs that he lobbied on behalf of Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which wanted the Liberals to cancel the Davie deal and hire Irving for the supply-ship job instead.
MONTREAL — The federal government is signalling its intention to award a contract to Quebec’s Davie shipyard for the construction of two ferries.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today in a statement Ottawa will issue an Advance Contract Award Notice to the builder located in Levis, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City.That type of notice is awarded to a company the government believes is the only such firm capable of performing the work.Any other company that thinks it can meet the contract requirements has 15 days to notify the federal government.Garneau’s statement says Ottawa concluded Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build the ferries in the required time.The two new ships will replace MV Madeleine, which ferries passengers between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Que., and Souris, P.E.I., as well as MV Holiday Island, which ferries people between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S.The Canadian Press
YELLOWKNIFE — Mounties say a body that was spotted in Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories last week has been recovered, and has been confirmed to be one of three missing snowmobilers.Police had already suspended the search for the trio over the weekend after the body was sighted from a helicopter in an area of open water, along with debris, on Friday.They say in a news release that RCMP dispatched a crew on board a helicopter Monday morning and were able to land and retrieve the body, along with some of the debris.The NWT Coroner Service has confirmed the identity of the deceased as Samuel Boucher, 65, of Lutsel’ke.Boucher, along with 23-year-old Cammy Boucher and another man, left the Yellowknife area on a snowmobile Monday bound for Lutsel’ke on the eastern edge of the lake, but were reported overdue on Tuesday.Police had previously not known the identity of the other man, but now say they believe it was Jake Gully, 28, of Fort Good Hope.“The helicopter performed a surveillance patrol, for possible sighting of the remaining missing two persons. There were no sightings of the two persons, and no further debris noted,” the police news release on Tuesday stated.RCMP had explained that the helicopter crew that spotted the body Friday wasn’t able to land on the ice at the time, so photos that were taken from the air were used to determine that it was in fact a deceased person.The three travellers were believed to have departed Dettah at approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 13. They were aboard a 1990s era Black Bombardier Scandic two seater, towing two toboggans.Police say they will continue to survey the area around Ethen Island for any sign of the remaining two missing persons, but that evidence leads them to believe they may have suffered the same fate as Samuel Boucher.The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — The Australian doctor who played a pivotal role in rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year says he initially thought the plan to save the children was doomed to fail.Dr. Richard Harris, in a gripping speech Wednesday to emergency physicians in Halifax, said he was convinced the decision to administer anesthetic to the boys to keep them calm during the three-hour underwater rescue operation was too risky.“I was very adamant that this was not possible,” said Harris, an anesthetist and cave diving expert. “I said, ‘I really can’t make any decisions until I dive to the cave, see the boys … and I’ll get back to you.’ ”On July 2, 2018, the Wild Boars soccer team and their 25-year-old assistant coach were found alive in a partially flooded cave by two British divers, nine days after they were last seen entering the Tham Luang cave complex in a mountainous area near Mae Sai.They couldn’t get out because monsoon rains, which came early that year, had flooded the narrow passageways that led to the outside.The boys, who ranged in age from 11 to 16, and their coach had no food, but they survived by drinking the fresh water in the cave, which was about 2.5 kilometres from the entrance. About half of that length was submerged in murky water.“By nine days, the world — including people who has some understanding of the conditions they might be facing — were convinced that the children would all be deceased,” said Harris, a resident of Adelaide who describes himself as “an ordinary bloke with a strange hobby.”It would take another nine days to get them out, an ordeal that would capture the attention of people around the world.Harris said it was unrealistic to think the boys could escape by donning diving gear and squeezing through the tight, underwater crevices in utter darkness.“You couldn’t just teach them to cave dive and expect them to handle that kind of terrain,” he said.When Harris was first asked about sedating the children, he dismissed the idea — largely based on a previously failed experiment he attempted under controlled conditions.“My response was immediate and emphatic: ‘That is the most outrageous suggestion I’ve ever heard.’ And as an anesthetist and a cave diver, I could think of 100 reasons why that would be doomed to kill the children in very short order.”However, if the trapped team was left to wait for the water to recede — a seven-month process — they would run out of time. Some of the boys were already suffering from chest and foot infections amid cramped, muddy conditions.Harris said the only remaining option was to reach the boys, put them to sleep with an anesthetic known as ketamine and then send them on their way, each strapped to a rescue diver.“I can’t describe how chaotic and frenetic the atmosphere in that water was — and of course, you can’t see anything,” he said.“I had my eyes closed for most of the time. It’s zero visibility. You’re just following a rope …. You might have to turn yourself on your side and keyhole yourself through.”At that point, he rated his chances of success at “close to zero.”“I still could not imagine how you could immerse and anesthetize a child in the water for three hours without any kind of medical supervision or monitoring,” he said.“The main priority for me was that these children didn’t wake up, thrash around and drown their rescue diver.”Once inside Chamber 9, the cave where the boys were trapped, Harris got to work.After each boy was put to sleep and fitted with a face mask, the divers bound their hands behind their backs and tied their ankles together.“We couldn’t have their arms and legs flailing,” he said. “We made them into what we called the inert patient package.”During his speech, Harris displayed several photos from the rescue effort, including a picture from inside Chamber 9 showing him immersing a masked, sleeping child into the water.“The first time I pushed a boy’s face into the water, I found that really confronting and a terrible thing to do — second only to tying their hands behind their back,” he said.“But as you know, they all came out.”Afterwards, Harris said he felt his actions in the cave were somewhat “wreckless and foolish,” but he changed his mind two weeks later when he saw photos of the flooded village of Mae Sai.“Once this happens, there’s no one going near that cave. Those kids would have absolutely died a very slow and lingering death. That kind of helped me with my decision.”Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, July 3———CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE HURTS REFORM: U.S. ENVOYUkraine’s weak judicial system is hurting the country’s prospects for reform, which is the only way it will ultimately overcome Russia’s ongoing aggression, says the Trump administration’s point man on the embattled country. “You have a judiciary that has been subject to political influences from various directions for a long time,” said Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations and former ambassador to NATO. He offered that assessment on the margins of a major international conference on the Eastern European country’s future that began in Toronto on Tuesday. The meeting marked the North American debut of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who projected bonhomie before and after his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Zelenskiy, a popular actor and comedian with no previous political experience, easily won this spring’s presidential election, unseating Petro Poroshenko.———JUSTIN TRUDEAU PINATA HUNG UP AT BAR ON CANADA DAYThe co-owner of a bar in central Alberta doesn’t regret hanging up a large pinata of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Canada Day weekend. Rob Newell admits, however, that in retrospect securing it with a rope around Trudeau’s neck at Burgundy’s Bar and Stage in Red Deer could have been done differently. The pinata idea was sound, he said, and customers in the bar got a kick out of it. Finding a pinata of the prime minister wasn’t easy, so Newell made it himself, he said. Newell said if Trudeau came into his bar, he’d be served just like any other customer.———CARTOONIST THINKS ONLINE OPINIONS PLAYED ROLE IN CONTRACT ENDINGA recent editorial cartoon taking aim at Donald Trump may have brought an Atlantic Canadian artist to international attention, but the man behind the image does not believe the sketch itself is what resulted in the loss of a working relationship he had for nearly two decades. Michael de Adder said his online presence — replete with anti-Trump messages — is what he believes ultimately resulted in the end of his contract with Brunswick News Inc., a chain that owns many of the major media outlets in New Brunswick. He says it was left to him to figure out what the reason was for him being let go. “If they had (my departure) already in the works, it must have been (because) my online presence that was anti-Trump.”———BOYLE TRIAL SNAGS ON NEW SUPREME COURT RULINGSThe sexual-assault trial of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle is dealing with more concerns about admitting evidence of the alleged victim’s past sexual history. Boyle, 35, has pleaded not guilty to offences allegedly committed against his wife, Caitlan Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement. The offences are alleged to have occurred in late 2017, after the couple returned to Canada following five years as captives of Taliban-linked extremists who seized them during a backpacking trip in Asia. Coleman, who is now estranged from Boyle, was to be cross-examined Tuesday following a weeks-long delay over what evidence of their sexual history could be raised by the defence.———ANTI-ABORTION FILM ‘UNPLANNED’ TO HIT 24 CANADIAN CINEMASA controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen “Unplanned” for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix. Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Small Business Minister Mary Ng takes part in a panel talk about Canada’s part in the transition away from unsustainable plastics use at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions at the World Economic Forum.— Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette presides over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony to bestow the honour on 35 people.— Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen holds barbecue to support beef, pork and canola producers.— Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivers remarks to the Economic Club of Canada, Ukraine House Toronto and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.— The Calgary Stampede, in partnership with members from the Calgary Police Services, Calgary Emergency Management Agency, Calgary Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Transit, will be sharing details about the safety and security measurements in place for the 2019 Stampede.———The Canadian Press