4member IndianAmerican family found dead in Iowa

first_imgWashington DC: A 44-year-old Indian-American IT professional and his three family members, including two minor sons, have been found dead with gunshot wounds inside their home in the US state of Iowa, authorities said Monday, shocking the community. The bodies of Chandrasekhar Sunkara, Lavanya Sunkara, 41, their 15-year-old and a 10-year-old sons were found in their home on Saturday morning. Autopsies were pending to determine the official causes of death, but police said all had gunshots wounds, West Des Moines police said in a statement. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonChandrasekhar, known as Chandra, reportedly hailed from Andhra Pradesh. The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) confirmed that he was an IT professional employee in the Technology Services Bureau for the the department. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Sunkaras,” the DPS said in a statement. Officers with the West Des Moines Police Department were sent on Saturday morning to the 900 block of 65th Street, where they found the bodies. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe police said they all died of apparent gunshot wounds but an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death. No arrests have been made so far. “This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family,” Sergeant Dan Wade said in statement. “We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there is no continuing threat to the community,” Wade said. Police said other family members, two adults and two children, were staying in the home as guests. When the bodies were discovered, one of the relatives ran outside looking for help and found a passerby, who called 911, the NBC news reported. No suspect was reported to be in custody, but police said they were confident that there was no threat to the community, it said. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation. “You don’t see something like this happen in the Indian community, let alone a heinous act like this,” said Shrikar Somayajula who has known the Sunkaras for over a decade. Somayajula is a director at A Grade Ahead, an after-school enrichment academy in West Des Moines, where both boys attended frequently, whotv.com reported. “The family was a very friendly family and so it is really painful,” said Somayajula. He added, “For someone who we’ve known so close and we’ve seen them come in week after week come in for classes and we’ve seen them as recent as last Wednesday, to learn that they are not there anymore is something that really breaks our heart.” He said both Sunkara boys were bright students. “They participated in all the academy competitions and even at the national level. “Really bright children. Just heads down and minded their business always,” Somayajula said. “We have more questions than answers now as to why this happened and we will probably never find out why this happened,” said Somayajula.last_img read more

Will fully cooperate with Centre to improve law and order CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government led by the Aam Aadmi Party will co-operate with the Centre to improve law and order in city keeping aside the politics, asserted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday after nine murders were reported in the national capital on Sunday. He also said that the CCTV cameras installed by the Delhi government at every Vidhan Sabha constituency will help improve the law and order situation in Delhi.”All of us need to work together to improve the law and order situation in Delhi. Safety and security of each Delhiite is important for us. Delhi govt will provide all cooperation to Centre,” tweed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkHe also said that the Delhi government has started installing CCTV cameras at a large scale. “We need to work together to improve the law and order situation in Delhi. The Delhi government has started installing CCTV cameras at a large scale. This will help a lot in controlling crimes in the capital. We will get the feed of any crime taking place in the city. It will help in taking necessary steps immediately,” said the Chief Minister. He added that all agencies, governments, and residents of Delhi need to work together. We will fully cooperate with the central government. Keeping politics aside, we need to work together to improve the law and order situation in the city. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOn Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Police engaged in a war of words over the “dangerous spurt” in serious crimes in the national capital. The CM took to Twitter to question the safety and security of Delhiites after an elderly couple and their helper was murdered at their residence in Vasant Vihar, saying the city had witnessed nine murders in the space of 24 hours. The Delhi Police comes under the purview of the central government. “Delhi is witnessing a dangerous spurt in serious crimes. An elderly couple and their domestic help murdered in Vasant Vihar. Nine murders reported in last 24 hours across the city. Whose door should be knocked for safety & security of Delhiites ?,” CM Kejriwal tweeted. Responding to CM Kejriwal’s tweet, the Delhi Police uploaded a graph showing a 10% decrease in heinous crimes compared to 2018 and a 22% decrease in crimes committed against senior citizens due to preventive efforts of the police.last_img read more

Karnataka JDSCong govt in danger as 11 MLAs resign

first_imgNew Delhi: As the political crisis in Karnataka deepened on Saturday, the government led by the ruling alliance of Congress and JDS is under ‘great’ threat as 11 legislators from the ruling coalition government have tendered their resignations to the office of the Speaker. However, the Speaker had not yet accepted the resignation of legislators.Meanwhile, resort politics returned to haunt the Congress-JDS coalition government with 10 MLAs, who submitted their resignation, leaving for Mumbai on Saturday. These MLAs are likely to stay in a Hotel there, sources close to them said. They left by a chartered flight, they said. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuInterestingly, the ball is now in the court of the Speaker. According to political experts, if the Speaker accepts the resignation of all the 11 MLAs, the strength of the House would be reduced to 213 and the ruling alliance would need the strength of 107 MLAs to remain seated in power. “In this case, the ruling coalition would crash and they wouldn’t be able to prove their majority if Governor allows a vote of confidence,” the expert said. However, Congress leaders have expressed their confidence in saving the government from BJP’s attempt to topple it. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCNotably, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is still in the USA on holiday and he is expected to be back by Sunday while the Congress has sent its state in-charge KC Venugopal to control the damage and keep its legislators intact. Eleven legislators submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday evening, while he was not in office. Ten of these legislators also met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan. “We have given our resignation to the Speaker’s office. We have brought this to the notice of the Governor as well. We urge that our resignations be accepted,” H Vishwanath, a JDS lawmaker said after meeting the Governor. Vishwanath was removed as JDS state president just days ago. The Congress and JDS together have 116 in the 224-member state assembly where 113 is the majority mark. The coalition will crash if 14 lawmakers quit. The year-old coalition that remained unstable from the start has struggled with revolt and infighting since it came to power in May last year. This time, it is Congress loyalist Ramalinga Reddy who is preparing to cross over with a group of lawmakers. “I have come to submit my resignation to the Speaker,” Ramalinga Reddy told reporters while waiting at Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s office.last_img read more

Cutting diabetes burden

first_imgDiabetes—increase in blood glucose levels—is an emerging health problem, especially in developing countries. India had 69 million diabetic individuals in 2015 and the number is projected to go up to 98 million by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation. The problem is more serious for Asians as their genetic make-up puts them at a greater risk of diabetes at a younger age than their European counterparts. If left untreated, diabetes can give rise to serious health conditions like blindness, kidney failure, heart problems etc. Apart from genetic factors, the occurrence of diabetes is related to food preferences and lifestyles. Therefore, understanding the link between consumption of various foods and prevalence of diabetes in different states can help in devising effective strategies to address the problem. Also Read – A special kind of bondA new study has linked food preferences of individuals to prevalence of diabetes in various states of India.The study has found that eating calorie-rich food like sugar and honey increases the risk of diabetes while addition of protein-rich food and dairy products in a meal can help reduce the risk of diabetes.The study is based on data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (2015–2016), 2011 census, data on per capita crop production, and consumption figures of different food groups from the 68th round of the National Sample Survey. It evaluated trends of food availability and preferences in various states with diabetes numbers. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt was found that diabetes was more common in states such as West Bengal and Kerala where people consume more non-vegetarian food than where diet is predominantly vegetarian. This is because a vegetarian diet helps in diabetes management by making the body sensitive to insulin hormone. Researchers also noted that there were more diabetics in states where people consumed more sugar and honey though this trend was not valid in case of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Haryana. The study also found that eating protein-rich food such as pulses and nuts decreased chances of diabetes. Similarly, states where people ate more dairy products had a low prevalence of diabetes. Diabetes, often dubbed a lifestyle disorder, was also found to be high in urban districts than in rural areas. This is so because people in cities tend to be less physically active. This makes urbanisation an important factor for growing number of diabetics in the country. Also, diabetes was found to be more common in males than females as has been shown in earlier studies as well. “Our study has identified hotspot districts having a high prevalence of diabetes and recommended them to be targeted in public health programmes,” said Preeti Dhillon, author of the study and assistant professor at International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) based in Mumbai. The analysis showed that 6.9 per cent of adults in India aged 15-49 years have diabetes. Among the states and Union Territories, diabetes is highly prevalent in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the least in Rajasthan. The prevalence of disease was found to be more in districts which are close to coastal areas. “The high prevalence of diabetes in Andamans and Lakshwadeep is of interest as this has not been reported earlier and it would be worthwhile exploring whether any genetic or environmental factors contribute to this,” said V Mohan, director, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. He was not associated with the study. Anoop Misra, Vice President, Diabetes Foundation (India), commented that while this study provided new information about dietary context and prevalence of diabetes, it must be understood that diabetes is a multifactorial disease. Genetics, physical activity, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle factors should be taken into consideration before establishing conclusive links. Food intake is a continuously and dynamic process, and cannot be completely captured in a cross-sectional snapshot. He agreed, however,that high protein intake is needed for Indians as it boosts glucose metabolism in muscles reducing incidences of diabetes.DOWN TO EARTH(Courtesy: India Science Wire. The research team at IIPS includes Koustav Ghosh and Gopal Agrawal apart from Dhillon. The results of this study have published in Journal of Public Health)last_img read more

Fire in Salt Lake BSNL exchange services disrupted in 10 states

first_imgAgartala: The mobile and data services of state-run telecom company BSNL due to a fire incident at an exchange in Salt Lake in Kolkata on Monday continue to disrupted on Wednesday in the eight northeastern states, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar, officials said on Wednesday. “A major transmission equipment was burnt after a fire broke out at the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited building in Salt Lake in Kolkata on Monday evening,” a senior BSNL official in Agartala told IANS requesting identity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said that due to the fire and burning of the vital transmission equipment, the mobile and data services of the BSNL continue to disrupt in the eight northeastern states, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar. “The engineers are working on a war-footing manner to restore the services at the earliest. The BSNL authority has regretted to the customers in the region due to the inconvenience,” the official added. The BSNL has crores of customers in eight northeastern states, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar using its various services.last_img read more

Russia India eying prospects for joint shipbuilding venture Putin

first_imgVladivostok: Russia and India are looking into the possibility of launching a joint ship building venture, Russian President Vladimir Putin said here on Thursday. “Yesterday, we spoke with the Prime Minister [of India]. We are exploring the chances of starting up a joint venture. Maybe, some vessels will be built by us,” Putin said a day after he held wide-ranging summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enhance bilateral ties here in the Far Eastern port city. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalPutin noted that international cooperation [in shipbuilding] was flourishing globally. “They (ships) will be partially built by us and partially fine-tuned by India’s shipyards,” the Russian president said during the Eastern Economic Forum where prime minister Modi was the chief guest. Putin recalled that on Wednesday, he and Prime Minister Modi visited the Zvezda shipyard here and met senior officials of the facility. Putin noted that Russian oil giant Rosneft owns one of India’s major oil refineries. “It [Rosneft] has recently purchased a controlling stake, and controls one of India’s major ports. He was referring to Rosneft’s purchase in 2017 of Essar Oil, which operates in Vadinar oil refinery in Gujarat and some 5,500 petrol pumps, and a port for $12.9 billion.last_img read more

Religious language in Criminal Code too narrow says WilsonRaybould

first_imgOTTAWA – Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the fact that it is against the law to disrupt a clergyman or minister — but not an imam or a rabbi — is one of the reasons she wants to modernize the Criminal Code.This spring, the Liberal government moved to rid the Criminal Code of sections that are redundant or obsolete.That includes challenging someone to a duel and fraudulently pretending to practice witchcraft.One of the changes proposed in Bill C-51 that is facing some criticism would remove a section that makes it a crime to use threat or force to obstruct a clergyman or minister from celebrating a worship service or any other duty related to his job.The current law also says it is an indictable offence to assault a clergyman on his way to, or returning from, performing those duties.Wilson-Raybould says these activities are already covered in other sections of the Criminal Code and that the charter protects religious freedoms.But she also says the language is outdated because it refers only to Christians and male clergy.“I know and am confident that Canadians can continue to practise their religious faith without fear of violence and disturbances,” Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday as she appeared before the House of Commons justice committee to discuss the bill.“It is limited to individuals or clergymen or ministers in the Christian faith and it’s not inclusive of other religious leaders,” she said. “There are other provisions that will adequately capture all of the activity that potentially could take place.”Conservative MP Rob Nicholson noted the provision was used as recently as April, when someone was charged in connection to vandalism of a religious statue at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Ottawa.Conservative MP Michael Cooper says a related provision against disrupting a worship service, or a gathering intended for a “moral, social or benevolent purpose” is also on the chopping block, even though that language is more inclusive.“It says nothing about Christianity,” Cooper said at the committee meeting.last_img read more

Trudeau McKenna to announce compensation for federal carbon plan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians will soon find out exactly how they will be compensated for the upcoming federal carbon tax.The Canadian Press has learned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Toronto on Tuesday with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna where they will unveil a long-promised rebate plan and will announce which provinces will be subject to a federally-imposed price on pollution.Provinces that don’t meet the federal standard of having a carbon price of at least $20 per tonne of emissions by January 1 will have Ottawa’s plan forced on them.Residents in those provinces are expected to begin receiving rebate cheques based on their household income level and family size to help offset cost impacts like higher heating bills and gas prices.Insiders say the cheques will roll out with plenty of time for Canadians to feel their impact before the next election.Carbon pricing is expected to be a key campaign issue, with the federal Conservatives pushing heavily against a carbon tax and insisting they would eliminate it entirely if they form government.last_img read more

Bizarro world Midterms offer little clarity on fate of USMCA tariff dispute

first_imgWASHINGTON – If the midterm elections were supposed to wipe clear the uncertainty of tariffs, trade and other smudges on the window into Canada-U.S. affairs, well, have a look at the bizarro world of politics in the United States of America.A Democratic majority in the House of Representatives was “very close to complete victory” for President Donald Trump. The election is both over and not over, thanks to vote-counting disputes in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. There’s a new trade deal, but the White House and Canada are still staring each other down over steel and aluminum.So good luck getting odds on when, or if, the new Congress will ratify the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.“We don’t know yet,” Ohio trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said of how new House members are likely to vote when Capitol Hill takes up USMCA, something that he fears could now be a year or more away.Many definite Yes voters went down to defeat in the midterms, he said, including Texas congressional members John Culberson and Pete Sessions, Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen and Iowa’s David Young, among others — introducing yet another element of uncertainty into a political dynamic that seems these days to know little else.Uncertain doesn’t mean No, said Ujczo, a partner with U.S. trade and customs firm Dickinson Wright.“They’re freshmen — are they going to get pulled in the direction of their caucus, or do they reflect the views of their voters?” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of pressure on them to vote Yes, but it takes time — and it may be time that we don’t have.”While the hard-won agreement that emerged at the 11th hour six weeks ago after a 13-month marathon of difficult talks awaits a vote, the terms of the nearly 25-year-old deal it was meant to replace will remain in effect, federal officials in Ottawa say.Powerful Republicans who oppose tariffs, such as Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are still around and wielding their influence, they note. So are prominent Democrats who prefer the new deal to the old one, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.But those steel and aluminum tariffs are still around, too.“There have been some high-level discussions, but no direct negotiations,” Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. David MacNaughton said Friday of the plan to resume tariff talks with American trade czar Robert Lighthizer.“I saw Ambassador Lighthizer last week, and I said to him, ‘When you guys are ready, let’s sit down and talk.’ “MacNaughton acknowledged that the midterms might have raised more questions than they answered. But there’s little concern within Canadian circles that Congress will do anything but approve the deal, when it gets around to it.“There is a lack of clarity right now,” he said. “But as people begin to better understand the deal, I think you’ll be surprised at the degree of support there is.”Another paradox: one might think a weakened Republican caucus would undermine the Trump doctrine of using tariffs to extract more favourable trade terms. In fact, if those members who survived the midterms feel the need to be more closely aligned with the president, the opposite could be true.“The challenge is that the Trump administration, along with the American electorate, is creating a realignment in ideology of both parties,” said Capri Cafaro, a former Ohio state legislator turned Washington political academic.“You have traditional free traders within the Republican party that think that tariffs are ridiculous … then you have the Trump Republicans that really have embraced this more protectionist economic policy. Those two factions of the Republican party are not going to agree.”That may be part of the reason why, in a combative White House news conference Tuesday, the president seemed genuinely cheered by the results, even taking the time to read off a list of Republican casualties who’d spurned his help on the campaign trail.“Those are some of the people that, you know, decided for their own reason not to embrace … me or what we stand for. But what we stand for meant a lot to most people,” he said. “I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.”While it’s true that the Democrats won in a number of congressional districts where tariffs were an issue, such as in Ohio farm country, the margin of victory wasn’t enough to suggest to Ujczo that the outcome should be seen as a repudiation of Trump’s trade doctrine.“What we did not see on Tuesday was where these farmers, farm country that’s losing half of its livelihood because of these tariff fights, move to the Democrat party. They didn’t,” he said.“I think it may be a stretch to say that is support for continuing this trade policy into perpetuity, but they are giving the president a long leash.”— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStylelast_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgVANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said.“It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.“We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”The utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday. “That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC on right road with tougher ridehailing driver rules says expert

first_imgVICTORIA — The British Columbia government’s firm position on tougher driver’s licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says.“I would applaud the B.C. government for standing up, because most other governments have basically stood down,” said Garland Chow, an emeritus associate professor at the University of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business.The B.C. Transportation Ministry updated safety, insurance and penalty rules and regulations this month and set Sept. 3 as the date ride-hail companies can apply to enter the market. Rules covering fares drivers can charge, vehicle boundary zones and the numbers of ride-hail vehicles allowed on the roads are due to come this summer, the ministry said.Chow said other jurisdictions have had push back from the large ride-hailing companies over licence restrictions and safety concerns, but B.C. has the opportunity to get it right before the service takes to the streets.The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence, like those held by taxi, limousine, ambulance and other commercial vehicle drivers, as opposed to the Class 5 licence, held by most B.C. drivers.Chow, who testified last January before the all-party legislative standing committee that produced proposed ride-hailing regulations, said he agrees with the licence requirement, for now. He noted the regulations allow for a review of the requirement after two years.But both Uber and Lyft have said the requirement could be a deal-breaker for them in the province.Lyft Canada spokesman Aaron Zifkin said in a statement the company remains concerned.“Requiring commercial Class 4 licences for drivers will not improve safety, but will increase wait times and benefit the taxi industry,” said Zifkin. “Lyft does not currently operate ride sharing in any jurisdiction that requires drivers to change their driver’s licence to a commercial driver’s licence.”Uber Canada said in a statement last week that Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec do not require ride-hail drivers to hold a Class 4 licence or equivalent. It said there is no evidence that such a licence provides more safety than a standard licence.Chow, who’s an economist with a statistics background, disagrees.He has reviewed recent accident comparison data from the Insurance Corporation of B.C. that shows from 2012 to 2016 the accident rate for those driving commercial vehicles with the Class 4 licence is 13 per cent lower than Class 5 drivers.The insurance corporation said in a statement that when the mileage difference between Class 4 and Class 5 drivers is factored in, one would reasonably expect that the Class 4 crash rate would be even lower.Chow agreed that the accident difference could be dramatic for Class 5 drivers if road time is added to the equation.“It would not be 13 per cent, it would be more like 40 to 45 per cent more accidents,” said Chow. “That’s super significant.”Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said in a statement the requirement adds an extra level of safety for passengers, which is an issue the government continues to feel strongly about.Class 4 drivers must be at least 19 years old, have at least two years of non-learner driver experience, have fewer than four penalty point incidents in the last two years and could be excluded over certain medical issues.“We are not the only jurisdiction that requires taxi drivers or drivers of commercial ride-hailing vehicles to hold a commercial class of driver’s licence: Alberta has this same requirement, New York City has an equivalent, and ride-hailing companies are complying,” said Trevena.Chow said the other factor in the market is B.C.’s public auto insurer, which is floundering financially and has to set the insurance rates for these vehicles.  “If Class 5 licensees, indeed, have more accidents and all of the sudden a whole bunch of Class 5 people now go into the commercial world of driving other people, you’re increasing the probability of a more costly accident because for sure that other vehicle is going to have people in it.”The government has said the insurance corporation will have its product ready for the launch of ride-hailing in September. It will be a blanket, per kilometre insurance that applies when a driver is providing ride-hailing, with the driver’s own basic insurance applying in all other instances.Chow expects Uber and Lyft to continue to push to have the Class 4 licence requirement dropped in what he said would be an extended staring contest between the government and the companies.“This is no different that me going to buy a house and I’m saying, ‘there’s no way I’m going to buy this house for more than this amount of money, period,’ ” he said. “Yet I know I’m ready to negotiate a bit because I really want this house. It may be that this is part of negotiating gamesmanship.”Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kenney pleads for national unity during speech to Calgary business crowd

first_imgCALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says federal party leaders who would let provinces block new pipelines are ignoring the Constitution.Kenney made a plea for national unity during a speech to a downtown Calgary business crowd while holding a copy of Canada’s supreme law.He says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s government did nothing to stop British Columbia’s roadblocks to the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.And NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh came under fire for remarks he made during a CBC interview about how a government led by him would not impose pipelines on provinces.Kenney says the Constitution is clear that infrastructure between provinces is under the authority of the national government, and provinces can’t obstruct them.He says Albertans are champions of the Constitution and national unity, and federal leaders should respect that vision.“We Albertans are true federalists. We believe in a big Canada,” Kenney said in his speech Tuesday to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.“We respect not just the original intent but language of the Constitution and we reject the parochial vision of federal parties who are undermining the economic union and balkanizing this country at the worst possible time.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrities Help Close Invictus Games

first_imgLast week, thousands joined almost 500 servicemen and women from around the world to celebrate the conclusion of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, during an electrifying Closing Ceremony.Celebrities, dignitaries, and musical guests joined the competitors and their family and friends at Champion Stadium. For many competitors, the Closing Ceremony was the culmination of years of training and intense dedication to their recovery.The ceremony was also the final opportunity to cheer on the men and women who have exemplified the true meaning of Invictus. To start, each team paraded across the stage for the Medallion Ceremony.The medallions, which were given to each competitor by the Invictus Games Foundation, were distributed by Prince Harry; Ken Fisher, Chairman of Invictus Games Orlando 2016; Dr. Jill Biden and Chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation, Sir Keith Mills. Competitors smiled from ear to ear, beaming with excitement as they took a lasting photograph with both Prince Harry and Dr. Jill Biden.To celebrate four days of competition, world renowned musical artists took the stage to tell their Invictus stories through music. Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of hit show, The Voice, performed Adele’s, “Set Fire to the Rain,” and accompanied by a gospel choir, sang “Somebody to Love.” Following Smith’s performance, the first nationally recognized wounded warrior band, Vetted, performed “No Man Left Behind.” American Idol Season 11 winner, Phillip Philips performed, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” among other songs.In a touching tribute, actor Wilmer Valderrama presented the Jaguar Award for “Exceptional performance” to Sarah Rudder from the U.S. team for displaying true determination and grit from start to finish. WWE superstar John Cena then joined the stage to present the Land Rover “Above and Beyond” award to the Sitting Volleyball team from Georgia, who won a Bronze medal in the competition. The team was honored for their inspiring example of the Invictus spirit, as not only competitors but also as teammates. Following, international popstar Rachel Platten gave an inspiring performance.Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden graced Champion Stadium to discuss her efforts to raise awareness about the sacrifices made by military families and to encourage 2016 competitors to never lose their Invictus spirit.“All of you have the world behind you, and you are not alone,” said Dr. Biden.Following Dr. Biden’s moving remarks, U.S. Team Captain, Will Reynolds, received a standing ovation as he took the stage to reflect on his Invictus Games journey, encouraging millions to uncover their Invictus story.“Our stories will memorialize all of our fortitude to come,” said Reynolds. “However, it does not stop here. We must continue telling our stories so others can also have this life-changing experience.”On Sunday, May 8, 2016 during the Opening Ceremony, the U.S. Air Force Color Guard raised the Invictus Games Flag next to the flag of the United States. During the 2016 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Flag served as a reminder that the servicemen and women competing in the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 are and remain unconquered. As the U.S. Air Force Color Guard lowered the flag during the Closing Ceremony, U.S. Captain Will Reynolds, Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Chairman, Ken Fisher and CEO, Vicky Gosling passed the flag to Canadian Team Captain, Bruno Guevremont and CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, Michael Burns. Understanding the competitors would soon meet again in 2017, the crowd roared with applause as almost 500 men and women closed this chapter of their Invictus journey to prepare for a new chapter in Toronto.Following the passing of the Invictus Games Flag, Prince Harry took the stage to resounding applause.“The competition has been fierce with performances of the highest international standard across a number of events,” said Prince Harry. “But what inspired me, was the courage to make it to the starting line, to take to the field or to dive into that pool, motivated by the goal of giving your all – medal or no medal. You showed your families, your friends and yourselves, just how far you’ve come, regardless of the result.”To bring the Ceremony to a close, artists Rascal Flatts and Flo Rida took the stage and gave stellar performances, which included Rascal Flatt’s hit single, “Life Is a Highway,” and international hip-hop sensation Flo Rida’s “My House.” The finale of the show included the explosive colors of a spectacular fireworks show while a video set to Rachel Platten’s, “Fight Song” played. “Fight Song” has become an anthem for this year’s competitors and their families.Fans can see highlights from the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 here.The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Opening and Closing Ceremonies were produced by continuumLIVE and Donaldson Creative with Christopher Laue and Sara Donaldson jointly performing the roles of Executive Producer and Creative Director.last_img read more

George Clooney Donates 1 Million to Counter War Crimes and Corruption in

first_imgToday George Clooney, through the Clooney Foundation for Justice, gave a $1 million gift to The Sentry to kick off its “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign.With increased investigative capacity, The Sentry – an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch – will dramatically increase its production of dossiers focused on war criminals and their financial networks. The Sentry’s dossiers are being turned over to banks and governments in order to lay the foundation for serious action by regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world, aimed at prosecuting or seizing the assets of those who finance and benefit from genocide or other war crimes.In addition to George Clooney’s generous grant, The Sentry is pleased to announce leadership gifts from: Don Cheadle, Carl Allen, Ruben Vardanyan, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and three major donors who wish to remain anonymous. Including the Clooney Foundation grant, these gifts total $3.45 million. To reach their campaign goal of $6 million, The Sentry will seek to raise an additional $2.55 million.The Sentry is a team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators that follows the money in order to create consequences for those funding and profiting from genocide or other mass atrocities in Africa, and to build leverage for peace.Announcing his gift, George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don’t pay. We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives. When we’re able to go after the warlords’ wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption.”Sentry co-founder John Prendergast added: “The Sentry is pursuing a new strategy to counter mass atrocities that would utilize the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation. We aim to undermine the pillars of the war economy and disrupt the financial flows that fuel conflict. Unless the links between conflict and corruption are confronted, peace will remain a distant dream.”With the Clooney Foundation gift and additional campaign donations, The Sentry will also be able to increase its capacity for public reporting based on material from these dossiers. Over the coming year, reports will be published focusing on state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.As part of its efforts, The Sentry has also been an active partner in the #KeepThePromise (www.thepromisetoact.org) campaign aimed at countering genocide and educating the world about past atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide. The Sentry and its partners Enough and Not On Our Watch will expand its activities in that partnership over the coming year.last_img read more

WWE Superstar Fundraiser For Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

first_imgWWE today announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit www.charitybuzz.com/wwe through Tuesday, April 10 to bid on exclusive WWE experiences with Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Ric and Charlotte Flair, backstage opportunities at SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 35, and more. Additional packages have been donated by Mark Cuban, Celine Dion, New York Giants, Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers and more as part of the campaign.“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand and platforms to leave a lasting, positive impression on our youth,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to once again partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the Superstars for Hope campaign to continue their efforts to help put young people on the path to great futures.”“We are so grateful to WWE and all those who have provided these exclusive experiences for the Superstars for Hope Fundraiser that benefits our Clubs,” says Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of America. “The strong partnership between WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs is helping every day to eradicate youth bullying in America.”WWE and Charitybuzz have worked together for more than six years to raise nearly 2 million dollars for various nonprofits.“WWE is not only a major name in entertainment, but they’re a genuinely philanthropic organization, mobilizing all of their channels to make a meaningful impact. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz. “Charitybuzz is proud to provide the platform and support needed to complement WWE’s efforts and raise significant funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.”The online auction highlights include:• Ultimate WrestleMania 35 Experience ◦ 1 Suite for 10 People at WrestleMania 35 ◦ 10 Tickets to WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony ◦ 10 Tickets to WrestleMania Axxess ◦ Sneak Peek of WrestleMania set before gates open ◦ Picture on ramp before WrestleMania • WWE Big 4 VIP Package ◦ 2 Tickets to SummerSlam 2018, Survivor Series 2018, Royal Rumble 2019 and WrestleMania 35 ◦ Lunch with a WWE Superstar before Royal Rumble • Meet Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, a backstage tour at SummerSlam, and 2 tickets to the show • A photo shoot with a WWE Superstar; available experiences include ◦ Nia Jax ◦ Asuka ◦ Carmella ◦ Riott Squad ◦ Absolution • An opportunity to escort a WWE Superstar to the ring; available experiences include: ◦ Bobby Roode ◦ The New Day ◦ Bayley • One-hour pitch meeting with Mark Cuban • Four tickets to Live with Kelly and Ryan • Miami Dolphins VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, field passes and parking) • St. Louis Cardinals VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, battling practice and entrance into the museum)Fans can click here now through Tuesday, April 10, to see the full list of experiences and donate for their chance to win.last_img read more

Premiere Listen To Staasia Daniels New EP Hidden Gems

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement After premiering her latest single “Laid Off” last week, Staasia Daniels returns to deliver her debut project, Hidden Gems. The new EP is rife with smoothness, which is something we have come to expect from the rising Brampton native. On Hidden Gems, the R&B songstress clearly isn’t afraid to flex her vocal talent, pairing melodic runs over airy and atmospheric production. Speaking with Complex Canada, Staasia detailed the process of recording Hidden Gems, and why you should be down with SD.It sounds like there was quite the buildup to this release. How does it feel to get this music out?“My heart is literally racing, and my eyes are filling up with water. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m just going to say that this wasn’t easy. I’ve been releasing material since 2011, so the goal was always to put together my masterpiece, but so many things went wrong along the way, it almost felt like it would never happen. I’ve watched and supported almost everyone I of know release a body of work, 2 or 3 even, [laughs], and as much as there has been a few times where I could have just released one, my heart, and my mind wouldn’t let me.” What was the recording process of ‘Hidden Gems’ like? How is this a departure from your previous work? Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve make waves ahead of Oscar nominations

first_img“He’s very inspiring and he’s a gentleman, to boot,” Gosling said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “We haven’t had a lot of Canadian directors who have been able to do that and I can only think that he must be really popular with actors and that he’s really a congenial presence on set — because that gets around,” said Brian D. Johnson, a journalist and outgoing TFCA president. The in-demand duo, who are working together on the upcoming sci-fi film noir “Blade Runner 2049,” has already racked up a long list of honours on the awards circuit. Film critics say Villeneuve’s willingness to tackle genre pictures is one of the keys to his success. Villeneuve’s aliens-have-landed thriller “Arrival” is up for nine British Academy Film Awards and got two Golden Globe nominations. The Directors Guild of America also nominated Villeneuve for its outstanding directorial achievement award. When this year’s Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday there’s a good chance some Canadians will be prominently in the mix, most notably Quebec director Denis Villeneuve and London, Ont.-born actor Ryan Gosling. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “He’s the biggest star in the world.” Villeneuve, whose other films also include “Enemy” and “Prisoners,” has also benefited from a strong support system in Quebec, said Johnson. Twitter Advertisement But their profiles have really skyrocketed lately, with their current projects landing them major features in high-profile publications that have declared the indie darlings as bona fide Hollywood A-listers. “I was happy to see Ryan Gosling win that (Golden Globe). He’s oh so charming,” said Toronto filmmaker Matt Johnson, whose fake documentary “Operation Avalanche” was up for a TFCA Award and is nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards. “He’s very Canadian. Our (‘Blade Runner’) crew is very Canadian. It’s kind of funny, just everyone apologizing to each other all the time for no reason.” “They’re so supportive of first filmmakers, they’re so supportive of young talent and they’re so good at continually funding people before they break out as opposed to, I think, the more senescence system we have in English Canada where we’re funding the people who have long since broken out and not those that are up-and-coming. “You don’t just get judged by your work, you get judged by your process.”center_img Also in contention for a nomination is Xavier Dolan, whose film “It’s Only the End of the World” is one of nine movies still in the running for a best foreign-language Oscar nod.By: Victoria Ahearn Advertisement “Denis Villeneuve is one of the best directors that are working right now and I’ve just been in awe of all of his movies, starting with ‘Polytechnique’ and ‘Incendies,’” he said in an interview at the TFCA Awards. Meanwhile, Gosling won a Golden Globe for his role as a jazz musician in the dreamy musical “La La Land,” which took home seven awards in total. He’s also up for BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards for best leading actor. Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan praises Villeneuve’s ambition. “He’s working at such a high level of craft and being able to work with these amazing performers and create this very distinct visual language.” Facebook Gosling has equal praise for Villeneuve. Advertisement “(Villeneuve’s success), to me, is a perfect example of how a really, really strongly funded, local film movement can have massive global effects, and by that I’m talking about the French-Canadian branch of Telefilm,” he said. “That’s how you get a Denis Villeneuve, that’s how you get a Jean-Marc Vallee — is by funding hundreds of young filmmakers who eventually are going to find their feet and then make these huge splashes that you’re seeing now.” Login/Register With: “Ryan Gosling, when you look at his body of work, he’s an artist that makes no compromise,” Villeneuve said during an interview at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards earlier this month. Villeneuve and Gosling are both well established in their careers: Gosling’s honours include an Oscar nomination in 2007 for “Half Nelson,” and Villeneuve got a BAFTA nomination in 2012 for the mystery-drama “Incendies” and a Palme d’Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 for “Sicario.”last_img read more

What to see at Luminato 2017

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Breakin’ Convention: It’s explosive, gritty and hyper-kinetic and it’s finally coming to Canada. The International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre, a highlight of London’s Sadler’s Wells for the past 14 years, vaults the Atlantic to bring together some of the world’s best b-boy/b-girl crews along with leading Canadian hip hop companies and cutting-edge street dance troupes. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, the headline Sony Centre stage performances are complemented by free-style sessions, workshops, graffiti art and a free outdoor park jam. The event is a blazing demonstration of the important place hip hop occupies in contemporary culture. (June 23 to 25, Sony Centre) —Michael CrabbIan Kamau/The Residents Project: The Theatre Centre, the much-valued live art incubator and performance space on West Queen West, is partnering with Luminato on a new initiative to extend its residency program. “Dozens of pieces have been created since 2004,” says Luminato’s Josephine Ridge. “A lot of them have not had lengthy presentation seasons, nor have there been opportunities for artists to return to the work.” Theatre Centre’s artistic director Franco Boni says the partnership will provide a vital opportunity for “work that’s happening in Toronto to be seen in an international context.” The program’s first selection, to run in 2018, will be announced in the Famous Spiegeltent at 4:30 pm on June 24. This will be followed at 6 p.m. by a performance by Trinidadian-Canadian writer, poet and hip-hop artist Ian Kamau, a current Theatre Centre resident. (June 24, The Famous Spiegeltent) —Karen Fricker Advertisement Notes of a Native Song: Earlier this year, the Musical Stage Company and the Obsidian Theatre produced Passing Strange, a rock musical about a young black man’s coming-of-age in California and Europe (winning three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards and earning eight Dora Award nominations). Luminato is bringing the duo responsible for that autobiographical musical — Mark Stewart, aka Stew, and Heidi Rodewald — and his band The Negro Problem, in their Canadian debut. Notes of a Native Song is dedicated to the work of writer and activist James Baldwin, playing off his famous collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son. An unmissable event. (June 15 to 18, The Famous Spiegeltent, David Pecaut Square) —Carly MagaUntil the Lions: British dancer/choreographer Akram Khan has built a loyal following during his several Toronto visits. Given that Khan, 42, plans to retire from the stage next year, this may be your last chance to experience the visceral impact of his sleek, lightning-fast dancing, inflected by the Indian Kathak style and his brilliant theatrical imagination. Until the Lions takes its title from contemporary poet Karthika Nair’s meditation on Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata’s female characters. An imperious warrior lord, a wronged princess and her reincarnated, demonic, gender-switching avenger do battle in this gripping dance-to-the-death drama. (June 15 to 18, Joey And Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre) —Michael CrabbLife Reflected: If you can’t make it to Stratford this summer, here’s your chance to catch it-director Donna Feore in our own city. Known mostly for her command of large-scale musicals, Life Reflected is an interesting shift for her (as director and creative producer) — merging storytelling, original compositions performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and immersive projects and technical elements to reflect four legendary Canadian women: anti-bullying advocate Amanda Todd (My Name is Amanda Todd), writer Alice Munro (Dear Life), astronaut Roberta Bondar (Bondarsphere) and poet Rita Joe (I Lost My Talk). Since Life Reflected sold out its Ottawa premiere and is only playing for one night, this will be a hot ticket. (June 18, Sony Centre, 1 Front St.) —Carly Magacenter_img Advertisement Facebook Skateboarders vs Minimalism: Always a tough fit with the festival, the visual arts program this year is, by Ridge’s own standards, admittedly thin. Past year’s made up for it with quality (Marina Abramovich, Geoffrey Farmer) over quantity, but those expecting such presence will be disappointed. Topping the list will likely be Australian video artist Shawn Gladwell’s “Skateboarders vs Minimalism,” a literal title for a work that shows skaters ollying up and back on replica versions of sculptures by Minimalism’s high priests Donald Judd and Carl Andre. A cheeky one liner — think of a moustache on the Mona Lisa — the subversion of the intended purity of high Modernism’s last gasps checks boxes for both crowd-pleasing and art world cred. (June 24, Drake Commissary, 128 Sterling Rd., starting at 1:30 p.m.) —Murray WhyteUncle Vanya: On first impression, a Chekhov classic sticks out as an uncharacteristically traditional entry in an otherwise adventurous Luminato program. But Ridge says the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre’s production is a “very contemporary take on the piece stylistically.” Vakhtangov’s Lithuania-born artistic director Rimas Tuminas has directed the show in the tradition of Chekhov’s lesser-known contemporary Vsevolod Meyerhold, creating, in the words of Guardian critic Michael Billington, a “total-theatre mix of words, music, mime, and symbolism.” And, as Ridge points out, “nobody does Chekhov like the Russians. It’s so beautiful to have a chance to hear that language. The rhythms of Chekhovian writing in the original is fantastic.” (It will play with English surtitles.) Reviewing the production in London five years ago, Billington called it “mercurially brilliant” and gave it five out of five stars. (June 24 to 25, John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front St. W.) —Karen Fricker Twitterlast_img read more

They had such enormous fun Sharon Bram bid farewell with final tour

first_imgLittle Rabbit Foo Foo. I Am Slowly Going Crazy. Skinnamarink. Many Canadians have grown up with the music of — and have a favourite tune by — Sharon, Lois and Bram.Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison debuted as a kids’ entertainment trio in 1978 and quickly became household names for their vibrant, catchy, internationally inspired music for children and families.Now, 40 years after they first joined forces with the late Lilienstein, Hampson and Morrison are hitting the road one final time. They’re not hanging things up completely: there’s fresh music and a new book scheduled for release in 2019. But for the septuagenarian musical duo, it’s time to bid farewell to touring. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pair took some time out from their latest slate of gigs, including a sold-out benefit concert bringing them back to the site of their first major show — Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre — to reminisce about their rise as children’s entertainers, changing times and paying tribute to their late colleague Lilienstein.First-time jittersHampson, Lilienstein and Morrison met as separate participants in Ontario’s Mariposa in the Schools art program. They formed a bond based on their similar philosophy about the importance of music education. In 1978, they scrabbled together $20,000 to record and release their debut album, One Elephant, Deux Éléphants — which was an instant success — and scheduled their first concert at Young People’s Theatre for late that September. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

HOLY CRAP IT IS ME WOMAN SURPRISED BY PHOTO OF HERSELF AT

first_img Twitter Facebook “I thought, it’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Fredericton, N.B.“I thought I should give it to the woman if she’s still alive and if she’s not, let her family have it.”Foster took to Facebook, hoping someone might know the patriotic mystery woman who attended the Canada Jam rock concert in August 1978.A few days later, in Meaford, Ontario, Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk received an unusual message from an old friend who was in her Grade 7 class. Noreen McCallum-Fedoriuk, first as a 22-year-old, then at 62, re-creating her photo. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: It’s a photo that hung on Norm Foster’s wall for decades.A young woman at a rock concert proudly holds up her Canadian flag, using a crutch as a flag pole.More recently, the framed photo taken by his friend at the concert they both attended in 1978 had been relegated to the back of a closet. But he pulled it out and felt the woman in the photo needed to see it.‘It’s a shame to have this sitting in a closet’last_img read more