Japan to put surname first for Japanese names in English

first_imgTokyo: Japan will start using the traditional order for Japanese names in English in official documents, with family names first, a switch from the Westernized custom the country adopted more than a century ago, government officials said Friday. The idea has been floated for years and but some ministers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ultra-conservative Cabinet recently started pushing for it again. The Cabinet agreed Friday to begin making the change with government documents, though no timeline was given for its start. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It is important for all of us in the world to recognize language and cultural diversity as we live in an increasingly globalized society,” said Education Minister Masahiko Shibayama, a vocal supporter of the move.”It is significant to make a change per Japanese tradition and write family name before the first name.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said usage guidelines and other details still need to be discussed further. Suga said he looked forward to going by Suga Yoshihide, as he is known in Japan. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChina and South Korea traditionally stick with the surname first order both at home and internationally. But Japan has chosen to be seen more as part of the West rather than Asia. Japan adopted the first name before surname order for use in English about 150 years ago as a way to modernise and internationalise itself by imitating the Western style, according to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The Western-style name order has since been widely accepted and used in English journals, school textbooks and magazines. The style has also become standard on credit cards and at many private companies. A government panel about 20 years ago recommended a return to the Japanese style but was largely ignored. Those pushing for it in Abe’s government apparently hope to see the change spread, but it is unknown how the private sector will respond to the move. The reaction has been mixed even within the government.last_img read more

Police make appeal in case of girl 2 who disappeared from Ontario

first_imgORILLIA, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police are appealing to anyone with information about the disappearance of a young girl more than 50 years ago to come forward.Police say Diane Prevost was reported missing in Grundy Lake Provincial Park, about 90 kilometres southeast of Sudbury, Ont., on Sept. 17, 1966.They say the two-year-old was afraid of the water and had been playing in the sand while her father fished on the dock and her siblings swam in the lake.Police say when the girl asked to return to the trailer at the campsite, which was approximately 150 metres from the beach, her father asked her to wait a moment while he reeled in his line.When he turned to take her back to the campsite, the girl was no longer on the beach and extensive searches of the park and the lake that spanned more than a month found no trace of her.Investigators say she has never been seen since and have posted a video about her disappearance on social media in an effort to reach anyone with information about what happened to Diane Prevost.Police have also shared a letter from the girl’s sister, Lise, requesting it also be shared.“Dad never stopped looking for you,” the sister wrote, noting her return to the park on the anniversary of the disappearance to look for her.“He never gave up, even on his dying bed he wasn’t ready to go, he had unfinished business, you weren’t found,” she wrote.“Diane, if you read this letter, please know that your real family are still looking for you,” the sister wrote.Insp. Tina Chalk said OPP believe someone knows something about the disappearance.“Although decades have passed, her case is not closed. Even the smallest piece of information could shed light on what happened to Diane, and resolve a 50-year mystery that has haunted this family and the community,” Chalk said Friday in a news release.On the web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gUEePebKCI&feature=youtu.be— By Peter Cameron in Toronto.last_img read more

Case of alleged mosque shooter in Quebec City back in court

first_imgQUEBEC – The man charged with six counts of first-degree murder related to slayings at a Quebec City mosque last January returned to court Friday as his defence team received additional evidence against him.The case against Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, will resume Oct. 2.Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques said further evidence still needs to be disclosed.Bissonnette, who is also charged with five counts of attempted murder, remained silent during the brief appearance.One of his lawyers, Charles-Olivier Gosselin, said he has not yet decided whether to seek bail for his client.last_img read more

BeccaToldMeTo NB celebrates terminally ill teens kindness campaign

first_imgRIVERVIEW, N.B. – It all began as a bucket-list wish, but now a teenager with terminal cancer whose online campaign for kindness has inspired do-gooders across the globe is being recognized in her native New Brunswick with an official day in her honour.Rebecca Schofield, an 18-year-old who lives in Riverview, N.B., learned her years-long battle with brain cancer had taken a turn for the worse last December, with doctors giving her only months to live.She turned her terminal prognosis into a call for “mass of acts of kindness,” asking her Facebook followers to help her cross an item off her bucket list by doing good deeds and sharing them on social media under the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.The request soon went viral, eventually leading hundreds of people to commit altruistic acts in her name.“She started something just to encourage people to be kind, and it’s grown so much. It’s kind of got a life of its own,” Anne Schofield, Rebecca’s mother, said in an interview. “It’s really just a simple message: Be kind.“She says that being kind is something that’s taught, and it’s not a hard thing to learn.”The campaign has attracted international media attention, and has even received a shout-out from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“It’s my pleasure to recognize Rebecca Schofield for her bravery, volunteerism and inspiring commitment to community,” Trudeau tweeted in February.The New Brunswick government has declared the third Saturday of September “Becca Schofield Day,” with several events being held in her honour, with proceeds going to three charities of the teenager’s choice.Premier Brian Gallant said he was “honoured” to take part in Saturday’s festivities.“Becca is an amazing individual, who has shown us that acts of kindness, big or small, can make a real difference,” Gallant tweeted. “The example she has set makes the people of this province incredibly #NBProud.”The Schofields’ Facebook page has been flooded with posts of good deeds as part of the inaugural celebrationSome gestures were as small as treating two chicken-suited mascots at a car dealership to Tim Hortons in New Brunswick, handing out “kindness cards” in Arizona, or sharing extra bus tickets with strangers in Kuwait.Others contributed to broader efforts such as giving quilts to veterans in Moose Jaw, Sask., or donating 750 handmade finger puppets to a hospital in Halifax.Heidi Wheelock of Woodstock, N.B., said she spent Saturday handing out “goodies” with her six-year-old daughter, Lucy, hoping that Rebecca Schofield will become something of a role model for the youngster.“(Rebecca) shows that even in the worst of times, you can always find the positive in something,” said Wheelock. “(She) is just kind of uniting, gosh, basically the world. There’s pictures of people that have been participating all over the place.”Zoe Cole, a 50-year-old cancer survivor from Miramichi, N.B., said she cried as she scrolled through social media Saturday, wishing “Becca Schofield Day” was a year-round national holiday.Cole said the teenager’s message has helped her deal with the emotional impact of disease by inspiring the type of support she felt she lacked during her own battle with cancer nine years ago.“I just brings back all these memories (of) how people should be,” Cole said. “People need to be reminded to be nice, and be kind, and to help others where you can. That should be instilled in us.”No one has benefited more from #BeccaToldMeTo than Rebecca Schofield, her mother said. She said when the teenager is too sick to leave the hospital, browsing through social media “brightens her day” as she takes pride in seeing people perform good deeds on her behalf.“In some ways, it was a very selfish thing to ask people to be kind to each other,” Anne Schofield said. “It benefits her so much more than you would know. … People are getting strength from her, and she gets strength from them.”— By Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

Harassment investigators brace for possible Weinsteininspired boost in complaints

first_imgTORONTO – Media reports detailing sexual harassment claims against high-profile film and TV titans including Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly have been relentless.So too are the far less-sensational claims being made in average workplaces everyday, says Toronto workplace harassment investigator Monica Jeffrey.“Every investigator that I know right now in Toronto is just totally, totally swamped,” Jeffrey says of non-stop claims that spiked in the past year.“Definitely no workplace is immune from these types of issues.”Jeffrey doesn’t suggest the accusers in her recent cases were inspired to come forward by the ongoing Hollywood allegations, but she and other experts predict that’s just around the corner.Toronto employment lawyer David Whitten noted a jump in cases when headlines were dominated by the downfall and subsequent trial of CBC Radio star Jian Ghomeshi, which started with his dismissal in the fall of 2014.“We definitely saw a spike, we saw people coming forward, we got a number of consultations for sure,” says Whitten, calling that time period “our Weinstein scandal.”Indeed, one of the most dramatic results of the Weinstein scandal has been the wave of accusers who have come out of the woodwork to name the Oscar-winning producer in similar offences. Countless other women and men have rallied around the Twitter hashtag #metoo to reveal their own experiences with sex abuse, including in the workplace.Allegations surrounding Ghomeshi sparked the similar hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, linking thousands of other girls and women in solidarity as they, too, shared their stories.Whitten and Jeffrey believe that movement had real impact — it recast sexual violence as a widespread, systemic problem and put bosses across Canada on notice that, increasingly, such incidents would not be tolerated.“CBC was pilloried for how they handled the matter and really, that I think was the final straw for employers that had their heads in the sand,’” says Whitten, of the firm Whitten and Lublin.There’s no question bombshell headlines can empower people to come forward with valid complaints, adds Jeffrey.“A lot of people don’t bring forward their claims for fear — it’s a fear of losing their job, a fear of retaliation, they’re just fearful, frankly. That’s the number one reason people don’t (make) complaints,” says Jeffrey, whose firm JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP acts as a third-party neutral body when called to investigate.“When a news story like this hits … people start reflecting on their own experiences and then from that they’re like, ‘You know what, I’m not going to deal with this anymore.’”Jeffrey also links the Ghomeshi scandal to helping spur greater provincial protections that took effect in September 2016. The changes beefed up provisions against sex harassment and bullying, and gave Ontario’s labour ministry the power to order an employer to conduct an impartial investigation when a complaint is made.Since then, companies have been forced to review and revamp their own policies to comply, and are much more aggressive in rooting out problem workers, she says.Whitten calls it “a big watershed moment.”“We’ve seen a move from what used to be more like ‘Mad Men’ in the workplace to something that’s much more conservative.”Federally, the Public Service Alliance of Canada offers some of the country’s toughest provisions but stricter laws are not enough, say national health and safety officers Andrea Peart and Denis St. Jean.They note that mental health barriers are still a “major issue” in encouraging victims to come forward. Even in the federal public service, the mechanisms can be adversarial and cumbersome “and certainly will take a personal toll,” St. Jean says from Ottawa.Peart says the unionized federal sector has the “single best violence prevention legislation in the continent” but she argues that real change will only come with more women in senior positions.She notes the number of complaints has increased in recent years.PSAC’s most recent anonymous survey — conducted between Feb. 27 and March 24 — found 22 per cent of employees indicated they had been victimized in the past two years, up from 19 per cent in 2014.Those numbers don’t suggest an increase in harassment, but rather an increase in reports of harassment, Peart says. It’s for that reason she and St. Jean expect the next survey to show an increase again, especially as harassment issues gain further mainstream attention with the Weinstein case.Since leaving her law practice five years ago to focus on investigations, Jeffrey says she’s noticed a cultural shift that has fostered a greater willingness to take complaints seriously.“At the manager level there’s a very heightened awareness,” she says, allowing that could have more to do with legal pressures to comply.“Because now all of a sudden their job is on the line. If they had knowledge of any of this and they don’t escalate it to the appropriate avenues then all of a sudden they could be facing disciplinary action or termination.”The other time Jeffrey noticed a spike in workplace complaints was following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.“A few months after that, we actually noticed a few more racial discrimination cases than we had ever seen before. It just goes to show how media does ultimately affect, maybe, attitudes and tolerances and complaints coming forward.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version described Monica Jeffrey as a former lawyer.last_img read more

Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney seeks seat in Calgary byelection

first_imgCALGARY – More than a year after resigning his seat in Parliament, Jason Kenney is hoping to take up a new one next week in the Alberta legislature.The leader and architect of the United Conservative Party — a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties — is running in Thursday’s provincial byelection. A victory would allow him to go head to head in the house with NDP Premier Rachel Notley.The one-time federal Conservative cabinet minister is one of seven candidates in the Calgary Lougheed constituency, a sprawling community of palatial homes, multi-purpose dwellings and new neighbourhoods deep in the city’s southwest.It has traditionally voted Conservative.Political observers say Kenney has the seat sewn up, but that suggestion makes him uneasy.“The biggest threat to our campaign is that our voters think we have this in the bag,” Kenney said. “There’s never such a thing in an election. Surprises always can happen and our message to them is don’t take that chance.“We don’t want it to go wrong. I hope to get every vote we can out there.”Kenney is facing challenges from Phillip van der Merwe for the NDP, Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and new Green Party Leader Romy Tittel. Rounding out the slate are Wayne Leslie of the Alberta Advantage Political Party Association, Lauren Thorsteinson from the Reform Party of Alberta and independent Larry Heather.A Calgary political scientist says the Kenney name has drawn a slew of candidates to what would have normally been a run-of-the-mill byelection.“As byelections that are unlikely to be actually competitive go, this is one that’s generating a lot of activity … a lot of excitement. It’s maybe an indication of some of the sentiments that are bubbling out there,” said Lori Williams from Mount Royal University.“The other parties seem to be trying to take advantage of the profile of Jason Kenney to try and get their message out. They’re staking out the landscape of what they represent and wanting to communicate that to Albertans right from the beginning.”New Democrat candidate van der Merwe said he’s not surprised at the attention the byelection is getting and suggested it might not be as easy for Kenney as he thinks.“He hasn’t lived in Calgary for 10 years,” said van der Merwe. “There was a sitting (legislature member) who gave up his seat and Kenney thinks he can just slide in there.”Another party leader is hoping the byelection will give him a forum in the legislature.“Most political parties and most people with political aspirations realize a byelection is a crucial time to showcase your policies and provide choice to those voters,” said Liberal Leader Khan, who doesn’t have a seat now.“It begs the question as to why you would not get involved in the byelection, especially one as high profile as this.”The greatest challenge facing candidates may not be each other — it may be voter apathy.One longtime constituency resident approached recently was aware of the byelection, but that was about it.“I don’t know who’s running. I don’t know anything about what’s going on honestly,” said Daryl Beveridge, who was standing near a long row of election signs on a boulevard.Beveridge said he wasn’t sure he would cast a ballot on Thursday since he hasn’t been a “very conscientious voter” in the past.“For me, politics is something that we seem to have no control over.”But he knows who he wouldn’t vote for.“We have an NDP government that’s now making smaller businesses become harder to survive with this minimum wage and all the other decisions,” he said.Michelle Smith said she probably won’t be voting either.“I don’t really follow it that much. We’ve had a couple of people come to the door but that’s it,” she said. “Since I don’t follow it, I really don’t pay much attention to what they’re saying.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

LIVE Federal budget 2018

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Reporters Mike Eppel and Cormac MacSweeney are in Ottawa covering the budget this afternoon.You can follow their updates below in real-time starting at 1 p.m. PT.You can also click here for Macleans’ live webcast from Parliament Hill.last_img

In the news today Sept 17

first_imgEight stories in the news for Monday, Sept. 17———AMBER ALERT ISSUED FOR LITTLE GIRL IN SASKATCHEWANAn Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for a six-year-old Saskatchewan girl who RCMP say was in the back of her family’s SUV when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford. Police said Emma O’Keeffe suffers from epilepsy and autism, and is non-verbal and unable to walk. They said the vehicle was taken late Sunday afternoon after the girl’s mom left it running and went into a strip mall business. Police said Emma requires medication every 12 hours and that missing a dose could lead to extreme medical distress.———RECOVERY CONTINUES FOR CALGARY GIRL HURT IN TEXAS CRASHA Calgary girl who was paralyzed in a Texas highway crash in July is heading to a children’s hospital in California that offers high-tech treatments for spinal injuries. Ten year old Mehak Minhas is to arrive at the Shriners hospital in Sacramento today, accompanied by her eight-year-old sister Jupleen and mother Jasleen. The trio were on holiday with three other family members when their minivan collided with an 18-wheeler. Mehak’s father, brother and grandmother died in the crash.———PROTESTERS RALLY OUTSIDE ONTARIO LEGISLATURE DURING MIDNIGHT SITTINGHordes of protesters shouted to be allowed inside the Ontario legislature as provincial politicians gathered for a rare midnight sitting to speed up passage of a bill to cut Toronto’s city council nearly in half. Protesters also voiced their opposition to the bill inside Queen’s Park, heckling Progressive Conservative legislators with cries of “shame, shame” until the Speaker cleared the public galleries. Those who’d lined up outside to observe the debate chanted “Let us in!” and “Our city, not Ford’s!”———FEDERAL PARTIES RACE TO LINE UP NOMINATIONSFederal political parties are gearing up for the final parliamentary session before the next election, but while the Conservatives and the Liberals tout having many candidates nominated and money in the bank, the NDP has yet to nominate a single candidate. NDP president Mathieu Vick says the party revamped its nomination process over the summer and the new rules came into effect about two weeks ago.———QUEBEC LEADERS TO SPAR IN ENGLISH DEBATEQuebec’s four would-be premiers face off tonight in the province’s first-ever televised English-language debate. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Jean-Francois Lisee of the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire’s Manon Masse are hoping to impress English-speaking voters ahead of the Oct. 1 election. The candidates will debate topics including education, health, economy, identity, the environment and relations with the English-speaking community.———CALGARY FLAMES CO-OWNER CLAYTON RIDDELL DIESClay Riddell, billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. The Flames confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday. Riddell joined Flames ownership in 2003 after spending much of his life building oil and gas companies, including Paramount Resources. He stepped down as CEO of the natural gas and oil exploration company in 2015, when his son, James, took over. Riddell founded the company that has been operating in Canada since 1976.———STEADY TRANSITION TO WINTER IN THE FORECASTThe Weather Network is telling Canadians they can expect to enjoy a full fall season with a steady transition to winter over the next two months. The network is predicting that winter won’t come early this year and that Canadians will get to experience a generally mild fall from now until the end of November. The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, Chris Scott, says there will be a smooth transition in temperature through the fall months towards December.———POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TONIGHTAn array of musicians representing diverse sounds and experiences from across the country are in the running for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Ten albums are in contention, but only one will be awarded as Canadian album of the year by an 11-member jury of journalists, critics and bloggers. The Polaris prize is considered one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, with the winner receiving 50-thousand dollars. Former winners include Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The New Brunswick Women’s Council will hold a forum with provincial party leaders in Fredericton on issues affecting women’s equality.— The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold hearings in Quebec City.— The Canadian Real Estate Association releases its monthly numbers and quarterly outlook on the housing market.— The Rohingya Human Rights Network and others advocating on behalf of the Rohingya will speak at a media conference on Parliament Hill.— RCMP to launch campaign in Winnipeg to end violence against women, children.— The City of Vancouver goes to court in a bid to close dozens of marijuana retailers operating without business licenses.— RCMP will provide an update on the death of a Belgian tourist who was allegedly killed while hitchhiking in British Columbia.—last_img read more

CN Rail reaches tentative agreement with 2100 Canadian mechanics electricians

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CNR)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway and the union that represents its 2,100 mechanics, electricians and apprentices in Canada say they have reached a tentative collective agreement.No details of the deal are being released until it is presented to members in ratification meetings.Negotiations began Oct. 5 with Unifor saying that wages, benefits and the contracting out of repair and overhaul work were key issues.Unifor national president Jerry Dias says in a news release that the agreement provides “significant gains” for its members.The current contract expires Dec. 31.Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, representing 315,000 workers.last_img read more

Tariffs could jeopardize new NAFTA deal in Parliament Garneau warns

first_imgWASHINGTON — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is warning U.S. lawmakers that Canada will struggle to ratify the new North American trade deal if U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum exports remain in place much longer.Garneau, taking part in a free-trade panel at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, says time is running out for Parliament to ratify the agreement and he doesn’t know if it will happen without the tariffs being lifted.He calls it “illogical” that the White House is using national security to justify the tariffs, imposed last May and still in place despite the signing last year of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an updated version of NAFTA.But he also says Canada will move “expeditiously” once the tariffs are lifted.Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s economic adviser and one of Garneau’s fellow panellists, made a point of telling the minister directly that the Trump administration is hard at work to resolve the tariff issue.U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton said last week he believes the tariffs could be lifted in a matter of weeks, but refused to provide additional details.Trump ended a Canadian exemption from the tariffs last spring in a move he later acknowledged was a negotiating tactic, and the president has also said the tariffs would be lifted once the deal was signed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Antidiscrimination organization wants to map offenders with hate atlas

first_imgVANCOUVER — An advocacy organization says it wants to map hatred and discrimination across Canada in a move that is prompting warnings of caution from one civil liberties group.The Vancouver-based Morgane Oger Foundation has issued a call for volunteers to help build the Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism, to be known as CAPE.Founder Morgane Oger said the mapping tool would tie together extremist groups and people regularly associated with them, and also map incidents involving hate across Canada.The idea is to shed light on how hatred is propagated, she said, while being mindful that allegations can’t be tossed out willy-nilly.“We can’t say someone is a murderer unless they are in fact a murderer, but maybe it would be interesting to see it’s always the same dozen people who are doing anti-trans advocacy in the (B.C.) Interior or the white supremacy groups are working with each other,” said Oger, a former provincial NDP candidate and a member of the party’s executive.Oger said the project is in its infancy and the foundation has not yet determined exactly what types of actions, groups or individuals would be documented, but it believes the data could be useful to academics, law enforcement and others.It could include a rating system to categorize incidents by severity, she said, giving hate-motivated murders and discriminatory graffiti as examples that would receive different grades.Other groups have tackled similar projects. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, based in Toronto, says its mandate is to monitor, research and counter hate groups by providing education and information on them to the public, media, researchers, courts, law enforcement and community groups.The Southern Poverty Law Center in the United States has a “hate map,” which lists 1,020 groups. They include 51 Ku Klux Klan chapters, 49 anti-LGBT groups, 11 radical traditional Catholic groups and a combined 412 black and white nationalist groups.The centre doesn’t list individuals, only organizations, and uses a similar definition to the FBI for them. The law centre defines a hate group as “an organization that — based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities — has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”Micheal Vonn of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said the CAPE project may be helpful, legal and serve as a positive research tool.But she warned that there could be privacy issues involved in posting individuals’ information online and said it’s important to distinguish between actual hate from differing opinions on certain topics.“All kinds of things that people think are hateful constitute genuine political speech,” she said, adding that knowing if someone is against an immigration policy isn’t enough information to conclude they are racist, for example.Until the foundation lands on a specific model, it’s unclear if there would be any issues around rights, she said.But she said it’s also worth asking if a map would contribute to healthy political discourse and warned against too loose of a definition of “association.” In a healthy democracy, groups with opposing views should be able to attend one another’s events without being painted with the same brush because it could help build dialogue and understanding.While governments and governing players are expected to be transparent, we have different standards for individual citizens, she said.“We don’t ask citizens to be transparent because we’re sovereign. It’s the state that is supposed to be transparent to us,” she said.Oger said the mapping project is still in its infancy and the organization has not yet decided how much information to make public but it does not want to encourage violence in any form.She pointed to Statistics Canada figures that show a rise in police-reported hate crimes. After steady but relatively small increases since 2014, hate crime reported by police rose sharply in 2017 to 2,073, up 47 per cent over the previous year and largely due to an increase in hate-related property crimes, StatCan says.Higher numbers were seen across most types of hate crime, with incidents targeting the Muslim, Jewish and black populations accounting for most of the national increase. The increases were seen largely in Ontario and Quebec.Police-reported hate crimes refer to criminal incidents that police investigations conclude were motivated by hatred toward an identifiable group.According to a 2014 StatCan survey, Canadians self-reported being the victim of more than 330,000 criminal incidents that they perceived as being motivated by hate but two thirds were not reported to police.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Clearwater Sikh community donates thousands to charity after sale of temple

first_imgCLEARWATER, B.C. — The tiny Sikh community in British Columbia has sold its temple and given the $164,000 they made from the sale to local charities.Narinder Singh Heer, president of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh Temple in Clearwater, said the community had shrunk to five families and did not need the space.Until about 15 years ago the community had 55 families, he said, adding that the temple opened its doors in 1985.But Heer said the community dispersed because of job losses in the lumber industry and the younger generation moving out of town to live in bigger cities.“In the last 10 years we have only five members and we’re doing only a monthly congregation,” Heer said. “We talked about it. Five members can’t keep the gurudwara going.”The building, which can hold up to 400 people, was bought by locals for $180,000, he said.The community donated another $4,000 it had in savings.They gave $10,000 each to two temples in Kamloops, B.C., and the rest to 19 local charities. “The money belongs to Clearwater,” Heer said of the local donations. “We’ve been living here since 1950s and 1960s.”Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell said the temple members’ donations will help a number of organizations, such as the local ski hill, the skating club and food bank.“It’s fantastic. It touches so many clubs in our community and so many volunteers have been struggling for so long,” he said.The mayor said he knew about the donations about a month ago, but kept it a secret.“We actually brought about 20 or 30 representatives from these groups into a room and told them nothing about why they were there,” he said.“We introduced Mr. Heer and put them up at the podium and started handing out cheques and the room just came apart. It was so emotional and grown men were shedding tears. It was amazing.”Blackwell said he’s disappointed to see the Sikh community in Clearwater shrinking.“The minute the Sikh community wants to come back to Clearwater, I’ll give the first thousand dollars to start the new temple,” he said.— By Hina Alam in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau defends changes to asylum laws that have refugee workers alarmed

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week, saying his government is working to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone.The changes would prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States — a move Border Security Minister Bill Blair says is aimed at preventing “asylum-shopping.”Lawyers and advocates who work with refugees are sounding the alarm about the legal changes, saying they would strip human-rights protections from vulnerable asylum-seekers.Trudeau says Canada has been seeing larger numbers of refugee claims because of global instability.He says his priority is to ensure Canadians retain confidence in the country’s asylum system, which means every person who comes to Canada must do so according to the law.More than 41,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada “irregularly” through unofficial paths along the Canada-U.S. border since early 2017. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Singh promises clean energy corridor as part of NDPs climate plan

first_imgWINNIPEG – New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is promising, if elected, to build an east-west corridor to carry clean energy across the country.At a campaign stop in Winnipeg, Singh is laying out major components of his party’s proposals to deal with climate issues and to create green jobs.Singh says he would create a publicly funded $15-billion “climate bank” that would support businesses fighting climate change, and provide money for a cross-Canada corridor for clean and electric energy.He says the corridor would electrify the country and help eliminate Canada’s reliance on burning carbon.Singh says he would also make a “massive” investment to ensure all public transit across Canada is electrified by 2030 — but won’t share the estimated cost when pressed for details.He also says an NDP government would ensure Indigenous communities have a seat at the table as equal partners when it comes to finding solutions to climate issues since they often face the biggest challenges of the changing environment.last_img read more

David Beckham Calls On World Leaders To ENDviolence Against Children

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world.Video: One powerful letter to #ENDViolence with David Beckham | UNICEFOne of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.“When I visited Cambodia with UNICEF earlier this year, I spent time with children and young people who have experienced terrible violence and abuse often at the hands of the people who were supposed to protect them,” said Beckham. “Their stories were deeply distressing and as a father it is devastating to think that any child should have to suffer like this.“After listening to these incredibly brave children and hearing about the abuse they have endured, I want to make sure that world leaders act to protect children from danger. Every child, especially the most vulnerable, should be safe. That’s why I am going to travel to the UN this September, to make sure that children’s voices are heard and that the world comes together to stop violence against children.”Including the words of survivors of violent conflict in South Sudan, sexual abuse in Iceland, and child trafficking in Pakistan, the powerful letter highlights an epidemic of violence that is facing children in every corner of the world.Next week, Beckham will stand alongside the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake ahead of the adoption of the most expansive development agenda the world has ever seen. Together they will call on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of all decisions and investments made over the next 15 years.At the beginning of this year, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and made a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children over the next decade, including children affected by violence.Beckham said: “In February, when I launched my new fund with UNICEF, I made a promise to speak out for the world’s most vulnerable children and to help shine a light on the issues affecting them. It is shocking that every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence. Children are being abused in their homes, schools and communities and this has to stop. I hope others will join me to call on world leaders to put children at the heart of the new goals and commit to ending violence against children.”Cornelius Williams, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Child Protection, said: “Every day children are prey to torture, sexual and physical violence, emotional abuse, neglect and other horrific atrocities.“Violence against children, especially sexual violence, leaves deep, indelible scars that live on in them right through adulthood. It rips apart families and societies, shatters stability and sets back progress. Yet all too often, it is unseen and cloaked in silence. We have to speak about the unspeakable, make it visible, and act to end it.”The Sustainable Development Goals, the new 15 year development agenda that will be adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September, present a historic opportunity to change the outcome that so many children endure – but only, says UNICEF, if the world focuses on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and puts their rights to safety, education and health at the heart of the agenda.Latest UNICEF figures show:- Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experience forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts. – One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20.- Almost one quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (almost 70 million) report being victims of some form of physical violence since age 15.Read and share the letter written by child survivors (visit www.unicef.org/endviolence) and help #ENDviolence for all children.last_img read more

Womens Sports Foundation Celebrates Top Female Athletes

first_imgThe Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — celebrated the biggest night in female sports at its 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.WSF Founder Billie Jean King and WSF President Angela Hucles were among the high-profile attendees who honored the top nominees; representing 18 sports and six different countries including Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Kelly Clark (Snowboarding), Anna Fenninger (Alpine Skiing), Maya Moore (Basketball), Inbee Park (Golf), Maggie Steffens (water polo), Lauren Chamberlain (Softball), and Talita Antunes and Larissa França (Beach Volleyball). Notable athletes in attendance included Tamika Catchings (Basketball), Meryl Davis (Ice Dancing), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey), Julie Foudy (Soccer), Jessica Mendoza (Softball) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track and Field).The Women’s Sports Foundation’s coveted 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award was presented to Serena Williams (Tennis) in the individual category; Carli Lloyd (Soccer) in team category. The award is bestowed upon athletes who have distinguished themselves in their sports field through their supreme athletic performances over the past year.Eleven-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Track & Field, Cross-Country Skiing) was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. McFadden has defied obstacles since she was a young girl to become one of the most dominant athletes in Paralympic Track & Field and Cross-Country Skiing, while also advocating for equal access for students with disabilities. Tatyana and her mother helped pass Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act (2005) that mandates that schools provide competitive opportunities for students with disabilities in interscholastic athletic programs.The Billie Jean King Contribution Award, an honor that recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of women’s sports, was awarded to Dr. Don Sabo, Ph.D. a Professor of Health Policy at D’Youville College. Dr. Sabo’s pioneering research is a catalyst for the advancement of girls and women in sports and uncovers the lifelong benefits of participation on their health and well-being.“Forty-one years ago we founded an organization to recognize the accomplishments of the world’s greatest women athletes just like we are doing here at tonight’s Salute,” said WSF Founder Billie Jean King. “We have seen great momentum and breakthroughs this past year for female athletes, coaches and commentators and we came together tonight to celebrate those moments, and to commemorate the impact the Foundation has on women and girls each and every day.”Julie Foudy and Jessica Mendoza opened the fundraising gala, beginning with a celebratory toast to Jessica’s historic achievement of becoming the first female in-game analyst for an MLB game on ESPN in August. The evening then proceeded with the traditional Grand March of Athletes where all 75 athletes in attendance were honored for their contributions to their sports.Angela Hucles, WSF President, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, took the stage in her first Salute as President to discuss the ongoing initiatives that WSF has focused on in the past year, specifically showcasing the Sports 4 Life program. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs. By making sports more accessible, Sports 4 Life gives young females the chance to learn the foundational benefits of sports, such as leadership, confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance. This year, WSF awarded $110,000 in funding to 22 grantees to serve more than 6,800 middle and high school girls across the nation. All of the money raised in the room this evening will go towards 2016 grants, which is now accepting applications for the coming year.“The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by giving girls access to sports. With support from the community, who is on the ground activating, to the corporations who support our mission by making it financially realizable, we are able to collaborate, educate and advocate for more opportunities and exposure for girls’ and women’s sports,” shared Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the WSF. “We are privileged to host the Annual Salute so we can gain new ambassadors and spread awareness about our mission to ensure all girls have the chance to play.”The 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports was co-presented by espnW, FOX Sports, Gatorade and NBC Sports Group.last_img read more

One Direction Presents Simon Cowell With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgSimon Cowell was last week honored with the 24th Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).The Award, presented to him by One Direction, was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment industry as well as many charitable causes.The evening was hosted by Jo Whiley and guests were treated to live performances from Il Divo, Labrinth, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs.Oprah Winfrey, Richard Curtis, James Corden, Kevin Spacey, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Little Mix and Ella Henderson were amongst those that paid tribute to Simon.More than 1200 guests attended this charity event which is in aid of Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT School. The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL, Ingenious Media and SJM.last_img read more

Harry Styles Donates His Hair To Charity

first_imgOne Direction’s Harry Styles has cut his hair and given his famous locks to charity.Harry Styles Donates Hair To CharityThe singer has donated his hair to the Little Princess Trust in the UK, an organization that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.To find out more about this amazing charity, click here.last_img

Kevin Hart Hosts Rally HealthFest In New York

first_imgActor, comedian and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart, and E! News host Maria Menounos hosted a free outdoor health festival, Rally HealthFest, at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, lower Manhattan on Saturday, July 30, to show New Yorkers how making simple lifestyle changes can be a lot of fun and help improve their overall health.The New York Rally HealthFest featured fitness activities including boot camps, yoga classes, rock climbing and spin classes, as well as an interactive kids’ zone, all supported by Rally partner Asphalt Green, an NYC nonprofit.Attendees also had a chance to participate in a group workout with Ron “Boss” Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer; got nutritional tips from young celebrity chef Haile Thomas; and earned prizes for participating in activities. There were plenty of healthy eats and beverages from Juice Press. Attendees also joined Rally partner DiamondBack to help build bicycles that will be donated to Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.“Kevin Hart is the ultimate motivator inspiring people to take charge of their health,”said Grant Verstandig, Rally Health founder and CEO. “As our Health Ambassador, Kevin has spoken directly with thousands of people at our HealthFests — most recently in Los Angeles — to help them learn steps they can take to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”Said Hart, “I’m passionate about health and fitness and really love meeting the awesome people who come out to our Rally HealthFests to renew, or make a brand new commitment to their own health and fitness. That’s powerful stuff. I want New Yorkers to know that taking even the smallest steps can make a big difference in their health, and we’re here to help.”To find out more, click here.last_img read more

Corus Entertainment Revamps its Treehouse App

first_imgCorus Entertainment announced today the newly refreshed Treehouse App, formerly Treehouse Classic, available on iPhone, iPad, iPod and now the new Apple TV. The App offers parents and kids more than 1,500 episodes of favourite series from Canada’s #1 preschool network’s (K2-5)* vast library of content, available anytime and anywhere in a safe, trusted, and kid-friendly environment. Featured shows include more than 40 hit preschool properties like Babar, Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, and Franklin and Friends.The App is available exclusively from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV (4th generation) at the current, three-tiered subscription model. Treehouse is offering a one-month free trial to new users. For pricing and more information, visit www.treehousetv.com.“Corus is a longstanding provider of kids entertainment and we remain committed to offering parents more access to the content their kids know and love,” said Daniel Eves, Senior Vice President, Kids and General Entertainment Content, Corus Entertainment. “With hundreds of hours of compelling entertainment, custom playlists, and curated content, the App offers an engaging and safe platform for families.” Facebook With the updated App, families can interact with beloved Treehouse characters and series whenever and wherever they want. Users can create custom playlists for themselves, while the App also offers packaged content featuring seasonal and educational-themed episodes like camping, siblings, outdoors, music, and friendship. Users who download the app on their tablet devices will also have exclusive access to digital colouring pages featuring popular Treehouse characters.Corus Entertainment is the leading provider of kids content in Canada with YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse ranking as the top three kids networks in the country (K2-11)*. The Treehouse App for Apple devices joins Corus’ full suite of growing TV Everywhere apps including TreehouseGO, YTVGO, NickGO, Disney Channel App, Disney Junior App, GlobalGO  and HistoryGO. Twitter About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.Follow Corus PR on Twitter: @CorusPR  Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more