Snow Removal Service Remains at High Level

first_img Snow removal services in Inverness County have remained at a highlevel given this winter’s blizzards, large amounts of snow andconstant high winds, said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportationand Public Works. “It’s been a challenging year for snow removal service but we’respending more money in Inverness North and the number of plows onthe road hasn’t changed,” said Mr. Russell following a meetingwith Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald andmembers of Inverness county council. “I want the public to knowthe facts. Service can always be improved, but we are providing agood level of service to residents.” The minister said the recent blizzards have led department staffto accelerate a provincewide review of equipment at alllocations. This review will take into account the unique weatherpatterns found on western Cape Breton Island and in other partsof the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has about 20operators and 13 pieces of equipment working in the area ofInverness North, between Mabou and Pleasant Bay. The number ofequipment and staff in the area has remained stable since 1995-96. The department expects to spend about $400,000 more in the areathis year than last, with total snow and ice spending inInverness North estimated to reach $1.8 million. During the recent blizzards, department personnel and equipmentfrom around the province – including staff from Cape Breton,Pictou and Hants counties — travelled to Inverness County toassist in snow removal efforts. The department also hiredequipment and staff from the private sector to assist in thecleanup effort. “The drivers were telling me they hadn’t seen that kind ofblowing snow in 30 years of work,” said Charles MacDonald, thedepartment’s area manager. “It was really incredible. The plowswould make clear a lane, and then the wind would push the snowright back into the highway.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 3,800 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Snow Removal Service Remains at HighLevellast_img read more

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Coxheath Office Closure

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources office at 300 Mountain Rd., Coxheath, has been closed for the remainder of the day because of a malfunctioning water service pump. The office is expected to reopen to the public Tuesday, Oct. 19. -30-last_img

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Nova Scotia Museum Sites Make March Break Memorable

first_imgNova Scotia Museum sites will offer fun activities, unique events and engaging experiences that will make the March break memorable for the whole family. The break runs from March 12-20. “Museums foster all kinds of life-long learning experiences,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “With so many activities to choose from, I encourage families across the province to set aside a bit of time during the March break to explore our rich heritage.” At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, visitors can push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as they learn how technology — and people — worked throughout the province’s history. Visit the museum’s new website at http://industry.museum.gov.ns.ca for a schedule of daily activities, such as theatre and music workshops. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, visitors can walk along wharves, breathe in the salt air and experience one of Nova Scotia’s most celebrated fishing communities. Between March 14-18, daily activities at the museum will include art classes with marine artist Buz Baker, and sea shanty workshops with Stephen Ernst. At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, visitors get a unique glimpse of the 19th century as they explore the authentic, living heritage site. Throughout the break, outdoor activities and hands-on fun is available, including hikes on the scenic nature trail, farm chores in the museum workshop and horse-drawn wagon rides, weather permitting. At the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, geology fans can enjoy half-a-billion years of rocks, minerals and dinosaurs in the recently renovated gallery. In addition to the interactive displays, the museum has daily crafts, games and programs, including a LEGO day on Saturday, March 19. At the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, visitors can continue to experience A T. rex Named Sue. Since opening Jan. 15, the exhibit featuring the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton yet discovered has wowed more than 50,000 people. Also in Halifax, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts Passport to Adventure, a family program that teaches visitors about seafaring skills and traditions. Featuring fun sailor games, nautical crafts and storytelling circles, the Maritime Museum provides the perfect way to experience life at sea with no fog and dry decks. Established in 1868, the Nova Scotia Museum is one of the oldest provincial museums in Canada. Its 27 museum sites include more than 200 historic buildings, living history sites, vessels and close to a million artifacts and specimens. For information on the museums, activities, locations, admission rates and hours of operation, visit http://museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Province Releases Recommendations From Prescription Drug Working Group

first_imgThe province is taking steps to combat prescription drug abuse by increasing access to patients’ health information and improving tools for those suffering from chronic pain. The Provincial Working Group on Prescription Drugs and Overdose released its recommendations today, Aug. 31. Some of the recommendations are already being implemented while others are still being considered. “I want to thank the working group for their excellent advice and work,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “These recommendations get at the root of the prescription drug problem, and will act as a guide as we continue to provide additional help and support for Nova Scotians and families living with addiction.” The recommendations focus on changes to improve the system and increase the collaboration of those working in the prescription drug field. The recommendations focus on the proper disposal of drugs, surveillance, legislation, education and treatment. “I am very pleased that government considers addictions a priority, and that so many experts in the prescription drug field have come to the table to determine solutions,” said John Campbell, member of the working group and director of mental health and addiction services for the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority. “Our recommendations focus on ways that we can better work together and share information so that informed decisions can be made about future services and support.” The department has already started work on several recommendations. Health and Wellness is working with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program to provide prescribers and pharmacists with access to patient profiles 24 hours a day, seven days a week, instead of only during business hours. This increased access will help answer any questions prescribers may have when determining treatment and will help them make decisions, knowing the full prescription drug history of their patient whether it is during office hours or in the middle of the night. “Increasing access to patient profiles is an important initiative, and we are very pleased to see that government has made this a priority,” said Denise Pellerin, manager of the Prescription Monitoring Program and a member of the working group. “This program enhancement will allow prescribers and pharmacists to have access to the information they need, when they need it, to determine the best treatment for their patient while promoting the appropriate use and the reduction of abuse and misuse of these monitored drugs.” Connections have also been made with Doctors Nova Scotia and other interested groups to promote a national chronic pain management tool. This tool helps doctors better identify, treat and manage non-cancer chronic pain. Work continues on developing a public education campaign directed at youth and young adults around the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs. The campaign is set for September, and will provide additional information to families on how they can help their loved ones living with addiction. Progress is also being made to increase access to methadone maintenance treatment, with several doctors working toward receiving their certification to prescribe methadone. “This issue is too complex and important to make decisions in isolation,” said Ms. MacDonald. “I’ve asked the Advisory Group on the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to take a look at these recommendations and provide input. I want to be sure we develop the best solutions for Nova Scotians.” The working group was convened by Ms. MacDonald, to provide an effective response to the impacts of prescription drug abuse, including overdose and death. The group consisted of representatives from law enforcement, district health authorities, government, prescription monitoring, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the College of Pharmacists. The working group’s report can be found at http://www.gov.ns.ca/DHW/Working-Group-Recommendations-Prescription-Drug-Overdoses.pdflast_img read more

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Darlene Munroe v IMP Aerospace Components Inquiry Set

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will continue Friday, Feb. 28, in the case of Darlene Munroe v. I.M.P. Aerospace Components. The claimant alleges she was discriminated against because her employer did not adequately accommodate her during her pregnancy. The respondent denies any discrimination and says the company fully met its duty to accommodate the complainant. The board of inquiry will reconvene at noon in the Aspen/Maple Room at the Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St., Truro. The board chair is Nelson Blackburn.last_img

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Province Invests to Grow the Economy Enhance Community Supports

first_imgNova Scotians in all areas of the province will benefit from projects that will have a lasting impact over the next ten years. More than $120 million in one-time funding, generated from offshore revenues, will help expand and improve high-speed internet service to homes and businesses. An additional $40 million will fund projects that drive research and innovation, including money for post-secondary research in oceans, clean energy, health and other key sectors. Investments will also be made in sport, recreation and events that contribute to our communities. More than $16 million will help support Nova Scotians who need specific supports, including funding for job coaching for people with autism spectrum disorder, needle exchange programs and assistance for low-income Nova Scotians to make their homes more energy efficient. “We are laying the foundation for a brighter future and a stronger economy that more Nova Scotians can participate in,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are making the most of this opportunity to give Nova Scotians the tools they need to succeed, make the most of the ideas that come from our brightest minds and help Nova Scotians in need.” In total, the province will invest about $244 million in new projects by the end of 2017-18. “These are opportunities we may not have been able to support without this one-time revenue, and without already having a solid fiscal plan that is working,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister and Deputy Premier Karen Casey. “Even with these investments, we expect to end 2017-18 with a balanced budget.” Following are the investments made possible by offshore revenue. High-speed internet: $120 million to connect more homes and businesses, and enhance service for under-served communities. International Air Service Investment: $11.1 million to improve connections to key markets in Asia, Europe and the northeastern and central United States and help continue to increase trade, tourism and immigration. Homewarming: $12.2 million to help low-income Nova Scotians in non-electrically heated homes with energy assessments and free home upgrades. Opioid Use and Overdose Framework: $1.6 million to stabilize needle distribution and exchange programs delivered throughout Nova Scotia and to ensure police and corrections continue to carry naloxone. Employment coaching for people with autism spectrum disorder: $1.4 million to help Nova Scotians with the disorder better move into the workforce and stay employed. Shelter Nova Scotia: $1.2 million to help the organization hire more staff, replace mattresses and provide breakfast to Nova Scotians in need. Workplace health and safety for health-care workers: $520,000 to fund training to help staff in home care and long-term care facilities to safely lift and move patients. Research Nova Scotia Trust: $20 million to fund post-secondary research related to oceans and oceans technologies, life sciences, health and wellness, ICT, clean technologies, social innovation and resource sectors. Offshore Growth Strategy: $11.8 million to extend offshore work in petroleum geoscience for another four years. Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Hub: $11 million to create a physical location that will advance creativity, innovation and commercialization and connect students and faculty with entrepreneurs, businesses and the external community. DeepSense: $5 million to help support the creation of a world-class ocean data analytics platform to help grow the regional ocean economy. Innovation team: $1.5 million to support a new round of projects that help post-secondary institutions grow the provincial economy, attract students and expand research and development opportunities. Sandboxes: $850,000 to create a ninth sandbox for southwest Nova Scotia, to bring together Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne students, mentors and external advisors in spaces where students can explore entrepreneurship and take business and social enterprise concepts from ideas to execution. Rugby Nova Scotia: $200,000 to support the international rugby series hosted by Rugby Nova Scotia between June and August. Atlantic Division- Canoe/Kayak Canada – Pan Am Games: $320,000 to support hosting the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships in September. Communities, Culture and Heritage will provide an additional $200,000 for a total of $520,000. Sherbrooke Restoration Commission: $246,000 to support the transition of the Sherbrooke pension plan to the Public Service Superannuation Plan. Several projects remain under negotiation. They will be announced in the coming weeks as agreements are completed. For more information, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/finance .last_img read more

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EC submits list of elected candidates to President

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission Saturday submitted a list of newly-elected MPs to President Ram Nath Kovind, an official statement said, Setting in motion the process for constituting the 17th Lok Sabha.The full Election Commission — comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra — called on the President and submitted a copy of the notification issued by the EC containing names of the members, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile the EC notification sets in motion the constitution of a new Lok Sabha, the list given to the President enables him to formally initiate the government formation process. Earlier in the day, the President dissolved the 16th Lok Sabha on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet. On Saturday evening, the newly-elected MPs of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance are likely elect Narendra Modi as the alliance’s leader. After this, a delegation of leaders of the BJP and its allies is expected to call on the President and convey to him their choice of Modi as prime minister, following which he will be invited to form the government. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe counting of votes in elections to the 17th Lok Sabha was taken up on May 23 and the BJP scored a resounding victory, winning 303 seats in the 543-member House. Its arch rival, Congress, managed on 52 seats. Elections were held for 542 of the 543 seats. The election in Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled by the EC citing abuse of money power. A fresh date is yet to be announced. The President congratulated the Chief Election Commissioner and the other Election Commissioners on the successful completion of the electoral process in the largest democratic exercise in the human history. On behalf of the entire country, the President lauded the efforts of the EC, public officials and security personnel in successfully completion a free and fair election, the statement said. The President also commended hundreds of millions of voters who participated in the election process.last_img read more

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Garden with musical fountain ups beauty quotient of Lake Kalibari

first_imgKolkata: A garden with a musical fountain has come up on the boulevard situated opposite Lake Kalibari on Southern Avenue in South Kolkata.The Kalibari authorities along with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have developed the boulevard, with financial assistance from Exide under their CSR project. A beautiful garden has come up on the boulevard which serves as the lungs to the people living in the vicinity. A statue of Haripada Chakraborty, founder of Lake Kalibari, has also been installed. A musical fountain has also been installed, which is operated in the evening. KMC has made special arrangements so that there is constant supply of water, which makes the fountain operational throughout the year. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThere is a pedestrian pathway and a butterfly garden. Huge pots filled with water are kept for birds to drink during the summer. Ornamental benches have been installed so that people can sit and enjoy the serene environment. The garden was inaugurated by Gautam Chatterjee, managing director of Exide, in presence of dignitaries on April 10, 2019. Lake Kalibari is a symbol of communal peace and harmony. Hundreds of people from different religions, cult and faith come to the temple everyday to offer puja and prayer. The construction of a huge new temple is being carried out in full swing at the premises of Lake Kalibari. Murals depicting Bhakti movement and gods and goddesses have been put up on the walls. The Kalibari carries out various social services which include helping people coming from economically challenged backgrounds, irrespective of religion.last_img read more

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Mamata ropes in master poll strategist Prashant Kishor

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with poll whiz Prashant Kishor at Nabanna on Thursday afternoon, whose latest success is ‘Project Jagan Mohan Reddy’ in Andhra Pradesh.After a reported two-hour meeting in Kolkata, Kishor signed up as the party’s poll strategist for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2021. Kishor will kick off his assignment very soon and his primary job, as per party sources, will be to prepare a plan to counter the BJP which had bagged as many as 18 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections with the ruling TMC winning 22 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP could manage only two seats in the state while the TMC had won 34. In terms of 294 Assembly seats, the saffron party could manage lead in as many as 121 Assembly segments against the TMC’s 164. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaSources in Nabanna informed that Kishor was taken to the Chief Minister’s chamber at Nabanna by Abhishek Banerjee who is the president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress. According to party sources, the two deliberated over the causes of TMC’s performance in the parliamentary polls and Kishor explained his readings seat by seat for Bengal. It may be mentioned that TMC had sought the assistance of Kishor even in 2016 but the deal did not materialise due to the latter’s reluctance. Kishor had then just bagged the Congress contract for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections at that time. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersKishor is credited with successfully organising the political campaigns for Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The YSR Congress won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats and 151 out of 175 Assembly seats. The incumbent Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s party was voted out of power in the parliamentary polls. It is learnt that after the convincing victory of Reddy, few more political parties in the state have been approaching Kishor for being their poll strategist. Kishor is credited with handling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He joined Nitish Kumar and strategised the election campaign for his party during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. His venture to revive the Congress in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, however, was a flop. Kishor had joined politics last year as the vice-president of Bihar’s Janata Dal-United.last_img read more

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PWC resigns as RCap Reliance Home Finance statutory auditor

first_imgNew Delhi: Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital and Reliance Home Finance Wednesday said Price Waterhouse & Co Chartered Accountants (PWC) has resigned as statutory auditor of both the companies. PWC has put in its resignation, with effect from June 11, 2019, citing unsatisfactory response to “certain observations” made by it as a part of the ongoing audit for fiscal 2018-19, the two companies said in their respective regulatory filings to stock exchanges. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsBoth Reliance Capital and Reliance Home Finance said they do “not agree with the reasons given by PWC”. While the board of directors of Reliance Capital has noted and accepted the resignation, Reliance Home Finance said its audit committee and board will meet on Thursday and will decide upon the new statutory auditor. Reliance Capital and Reliance Home Finance said that PWC cited the companies’ failure to convene audit committee meetings within the expected time, despite multiple letters of intent sent to them, as one of the reasons for the resignation. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefPWC also stated that the companies said they might initiate appropriate legal proceedings against the firm, according to the filings. According to PWC, these actions by the companies “have prevented it from performing its duties as statutory auditors and exercising independent judgment in making a report to the members of the company, and impaired its independence, and hence, it is no longer in a position to complete the audit; and instead feels compelled to withdraw from the audit engagement and resign,” both the companies said, elaborating on the reasons behind the resignation. The companies, however, stated they duly responded to the various queries and letters of PWC and have convened meetings of their audit committees on June 12, 2019, to further respond to the letters from PWC.last_img read more

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Treat for mango lovers in Janakpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday kicked off the Mango Festival here in the Capital, organised by Delhi Tourism in association with the Delhi Government. The event at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri area was also attended by the German Ambassador to India, Walter J. Lindner, the Director of the National Horticulture Board, and Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Sisodia said, “Delhi Government has been traditionally organising this festival for the past 31 years and it is a great way to know more about the King of Fruits- Mangoes. Mango Growers have time and again surprised us with the ever-evolving varieties they bring forth.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe 31st Mango Festival unfolded over 500 varieties of mangoes, which are on display at the event. The various types of mangoes on display include Langra, Chausa, Amrapali, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika and other assorted varieties. Sisodia said that the enthusiasm of people towards the exhibition as well as the competitions showcases their love for this fruit. “I am sure the next two days will be equally engaging with other activities and cultural programmes,” he added. The Mango Festival aims to showcase the specialties of mangoes from different states of India. A total number of 20 farmers along with government horticulture departments and agriculture institutes have participated in the event. The exhibition at the festival also offers the sale of processed mango items including products like pickles, jam, chutney, mango pulp, mango juice, jelly, aam papad, and aam panna.last_img read more

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Woman forest official booked for abetment of suicide in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: A woman Forest Range Officer in Telangana has been booked for abetment to suicide after a boy complained to police that his father tried to kill himself after forest officials entered their agricultural land, police said.This is the second case against the Kagaznagar FRO, C Anitha. On July 6, Anitha and a few other forest officials were booked under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act after a tribal woman complained to police that she and her staff entered her field and “abused” some of them. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On June 30, the day tribal woman registered her complaint, Anitha was attacked and injured by a group allegedly led by the brother of a ruling TRS MLA in Kumuram Bheem Asifabad district. The TRS leader, Koneru Krishna Rao, and his followers were arrested and Anitha was provided security in view of the “threat perception”, police said. On June 8, a 16-year-old boy complained to Easgaon police that his father attempted suicide by consuming pesticide when a few forest officials entered their agriculture land in Sarasala village during a plantation drive and “abused” him, police said. Anitha and three other forest officials were booked under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) and other relevant sections of IPC, police said.last_img read more

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BSY likely to meet PM during Delhi visit on Aug 6

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and several union ministers on August 6, his office said Saturday.In his first visit to Delhi after taking over as chief minister, Yediyurappa will hold a dinner meeting with MPs and union ministers representing Karnataka and have discussions on state specific issues and development related projects. According to a tentative tour schedule of the chief minister released by his office, Yediyurappa will leave for Delhi on August 5 night and next morning meet the vice president following which a meeting with prime minister Modi has been scheduled.last_img

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Iran slams Bahrains provocative Gulf maritime security conference

first_imgTehran: Iran on Thursday hit out at Bahrain for hosting a “provocative” conference on Gulf maritime security and for its “anti-Iran” rhetoric accusing Tehran of attacking tankers in sensitive waters. Bahrain said the July 31 meeting was to discuss the “current regional situation” and blasted “the repeated attacks and unacceptable practices of Iran and the terrorist groups linked to it”. The tiny Gulf monarchy, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, did not specify who attended but Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported the UK had called for the meeting with other European countries and the United States. “Bahrain’s government should not become the facilitator of common enemies’ wishes and schemes in the region,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi in a statement published on his Telegram channel. “The security of regional countries is inseparable and it is not possible for some to be secure at the cost of others’ insecurity. It is expected that regional countries prevent foreigners’ escalatory interventions by exercising prudence and foresight,” he added. Mousavi “condemned the anti-Iran measures taken by Bahrain’s government including hosting suspicious and provocative conferences,” the statement said.last_img read more

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SC grants 2 more weeks to CBI to complete probe in accident

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday granted two more weeks to the CBI to complete investigation into a road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done “quite extensive investigation” so far in the case. While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and they want to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer who is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment. The bench however took exception to some public statements made by the family members of the rape survivor in the media and said it might help the accused during the trial of the case. “If you have any grievances, feel free to tell us. We are here to help you. Some members of her family are going to the media. It may rather help the accused,” the bench observed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At the outset, senior advocate V Giri, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the bench that the lawyer injured in the road accident is in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment. He said that the apex court could consider granting some amount to the lawyer which would help his family at this stage. The bench, after hearing Giri’s submission, asked, “Who is appearing for the CBI? You (CBI) have asked for extension of time (to complete the probe) in the ground that statements of the victim and her lawyer have not been recorded yet”. Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for CBI, said that they have filed an application in this regard. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6. On August 1, the apex court had directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation. The top court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in the case within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. It had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case “shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly”. The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the road accident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better care as she continued to be critical.last_img read more

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Trans Mountain IPO to proceed despite BC GreenNDP deal Kinder Morgan says

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan says it expects to proceed Tuesday with its initial public offering for the Trans Mountain expansion, just as the anti-pipeline Greens and NDP in B.C. announced they have come to an agreement that could cast the project’s future into doubt.Dave Conover, a spokesman for the Houston-based energy company, said in an email that the IPO will go ahead on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Conover’s confirmation came shortly after the leaders of the B.C. Greens and NDP said they came to a deal that could see the formation of a minority NDP government in the province.Both parties have voiced their opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion, which would see the capacity of a pipeline running from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. nearly triple its capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.The IPO is intended to raise $1.75 billion to help fund the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion.The offering would be the largest on the Toronto Stock Exchange since Hydro One’s $1.83-billion listing in 2015, with only insurers Sun Life Financial and Manulife Financial having bigger debuts.last_img read more

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Montreal passenger rights advocate loses legal round in court battle against United

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal passenger rights advocate has lost a legal round in a 20-year-old dispute with United Airlines.Jeremy Cooperstock said the Federal Court of Canada has ruled that his website Untied.com infringed on the American airline’s trademarks and copyright.He issued a brief statement Friday saying he strongly disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal.“I find it difficult to understand how someone could confuse my parody of Untied Airlines’ conduct against its passengers with the services of an airline,” he said in an email.Cooperstock said he can’t understand how anyone could think his website, which parodies United’s conduct against its passengers, is a United website.The airline giant issued a statement Friday saying its pleased with the decision.“We have always maintained that Mr. Cooperstock should be able to voice his opinions, and our case was to protect United customers and avoid confusion by asking him to not use our intellectual property on his website and related channels,” the airline said in an emailed statement.United also sued Cooperstock in the Quebec courts in 2012, alleging Untied.com resulted in the protracted harassment of employees by disgruntled passengers.A lawyer for United testified in a separate action in Quebec Superior Court last year that the airline doesn’t object to Cooperstock’s right to run the website or complain about its performance.However the airline demanded Cooperstock remove employee contact information he posted on the website.A posting on Cooperstock’s website said the superior court ruled in favour of United and the province’s appeal court dismissed his challenge of the ruling.Cooperstock’s fight with the airline began from a string of minor incidents dating back to 1996, after which he set up the website a year later.last_img read more

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Toronto cop who had cocaine in wallet expected to plead guilty to

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who pleaded guilty to a criminal charge after cocaine was found in his wallet is expected to plead guilty to misconduct.Det.-Const. Kirk Blake, who now faces two charges under the Police Services Act, made a brief appearance before a police tribunal Wednesday.The matter was pushed back to Nov. 21, a hearing the prosecution says will involve a guilty plea and submissions.Police initially charged Blake with possession in December after a fellow officer found a small quantity of cocaine in his wallet.Blake, who worked with the city’s guns and gangs task force, had been at an east-end courthouse in September when he left his wallet behind. Another officer found the wallet and went through it looking for identification before discovering the drug.Police said he was granted an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to the criminal charge.The two disciplinary charges Blake now faces stem from the wallet incident. One relates to the drug possession and one to his having been found guilty. None of those charges has been proven.last_img read more

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Sherman family proud Apotex founder among latest Order of Canada inductees

first_imgTORONTO – The family of Apotex founder Barry Sherman says they are proud he is being appointed to the Order of Canada.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to Canada’s highest civilian honour on Friday, a list heavy on Canadians with accomplishments in science and medicine.Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, and their deaths have been deemed “suspicious.”Sherman’s generic drug company made the couple among the wealthiest people in Canada.Sherman was nominated for his entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical industry as well as his philanthropic support of education and other charities.The Order of Canada cannot be awarded to someone after their death, but Sherman was nominated more than six months ago. The Order of Canada advisory council, which decides who gets the award, granted it to him at their November meeting. Payette signed the appointment prior to his death.“To receive this honour posthumously speaks volumes about our father and confirms what we have always known, he was a true humanitarian and a great Canadian,” the family said Saturday in a release.“We take comfort knowing that his countless contributions to healthcare and philanthropy have been memorialized in such an enduring manner.”A Rideau Hall spokeswoman said a family member can stand in for Sherman at the investiture ceremony, likely some time in 2018.last_img read more

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Doctor commends Saskatoon police response to drug overdose response

first_imgSASKATOON – A doctor is commending Saskatoon police for their response to a number of suspected overdoses on the weekend that resulted in two deaths from cocaine allegedly laced with fentanyl.Police took the unusual step of releasing the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further casualties. Three people were arrested.“They identified the overdoses very quickly and then they started working through the food chain to get to the dealers,” Dr. Peter Butt, an addictions expert from the University of Saskatchewan, said in a phone interview Monday.Police said they responded to at least six suspected overdoses on Saturday. A man and a woman died. Another person was in a coma.Three men, all from out of province, were in custody Monday facing drug and weapons charges. Saskatoon police Supt. Dave Haye said manslaughter charges are also being considered.He said it’s the first time he’s aware of that the force released that type of information.“We believe that the public safety interests are of the greater need here and that’s why we released that information,” Haye told a news conference.Police issued a public safety advisory warning that cocaine purchased from an alleged dealer using the name “Lil Joe” or “Joe Bro” with the cellphone number 306-881-7300 could be laced with a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.Authorities now have the cellphone connected to that number.Premier Scott Moe said the province needs to continue to do more to prevent further overdoses.“This is something that needs to be a priority for us as we move forward to ensure that … some of our communities’ most vulnerable … are in front of the right professional as soon as possible and receiving the appropriate care as soon as possible,” he said.NDP Opposition Leader Ryan Meili, who is also a physician, said any information that helps avoid drugs which can cause immediate harm is positive.But he also said the provincial government should do more to help people with mental-health problems and addictions.“We saw last year money committed from the federal government for mental health and addictions, but we’ve never actually seen what’s been done with that money,” Meili said.“I’m quite concerned that … it just disappeared into existing programs, when it was really intended to enhance our response to mental-health challenges, including addictions, in Saskatchewan.”The police advisory urged anyone who had purchased the drugs to bring them to a police station for safe disposal. Police said anyone doing so would not face possession charges.“The people who are addicted to drugs, they need treatment and they don’t need charges,” Haye said.Butt encouraged people to take home naloxone kits, which can reverse the effects of an overdose. Take-home naloxone kits are available to at-risk individuals and their households in Saskatoon.— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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