Month: October 2019


Police arrest conspirator of Dwarka Mor shootout

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that they have arrested a person believed to be a conspirator in the recent gang war case in Dwarka Mor area.The accused provided information to the shooters, who carried out shootout and provided live tracking information. Police identified the accused as Gopal Krishan. He was arrested from Najafgarh Uttam Nagar Road. On May 19, the gunfight was reported from Dwarka Mod metro station area. Two gangsters named Praveen Gahlot and Vikas Dalal died during the three-way gunfight between gangsters and police. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDuring the exercise, it was ascertained that jailed gangster Pradeep Solanki had given the task of eliminating the deceased Praveen Gahlot to his associates outside the jail, as there was some dispute over a piece of land, worth Crores of rupees, in Uttam Nagar. Solanki, sitting inside the jail, coordinated the plan and task his most trusted men to work with Vikas Dalal. On the day of the incident the accused reached near Nawada Metro Station on a motorcycle to track the movements of Praveen while Vikas Dalal, along with his two aids waited in a swift car for the exact information from accused. DCP (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said after waiting for long, Gopal Krishan spotted Praveen in his Ritz car going towards Dwarka Mod Metro Station. He passed this information to Vikas Dalal, who immediately started trailing the Ritz car and committed the crime.last_img read more


Delhi govt to table free metro bus ride proposal by end of

first_imgNEW DELHI: By end of this month, the Delhi government would be able to formulate the proposal for the free ride for women in Delhi, sources in the government said. The transport department, DTC and DMRC senior officials are also holding a daily briefing on the matter.According to the sources, the suggestions sent by the people would play a major role in making this plan. The Delhi Transport Department and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are preparing a detailed report on the proposal. It was directed by Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to prepare a Cabinet note on the proposal by June 11. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe government has extended the last date for receiving feedback on the proposal from stakeholders to June 30. Earlier, the feedback was to be collected till June 15. Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah said around 3,700 suggestions and opinions of the people were received through email till Monday. Sources said that the report of DMRC was awaited. There was no major issue as far as implementing the fare exemption in public transport buses was concerned, he said. Electronic ticketing machines being used by conductors in DTC and Cluster buses will have to be slightly modified so that a woman passenger could be counted while showing no fare charged for her commute, he said. The Delhi government plans to provide subsidy to the public transporters, including DMRC, for fare exemption to be given to women passengers.last_img read more


England Morgan break records to flatten Afghanistan

first_imgManchester: England and their captain Eoin Morgan re-wrote record books in a scintillating batting display to flatten Afghanistan by 150 runs in a World Cup clash here on Tuesday and to zoom to the top of the points table. Morgan hit 17 sixes in his knock of 148 off 71 balls, the most in an ODI, as pre-tournament favourites England racked up the highest total of 397/6 in this World Cup so far, batting first. Afghanistan gave a good account of themselves but were never really in the chase, ending up at 247/8 in 50 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scored for the bottom-placed team, who are yet to win a game, with a gritty 76 off 100 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes as Asghar Afghan, who was dropped by Jonny Bairstow on 28, made 44 off 48 balls (3×4, 2×6) while Rahmat Shah also scored 46 off 74 balls (3×4, 1×6). Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHashmatullah and Afghan shared a 94-run fourth wicket partnership. For the rampaging hosts, who are now on eight points from five games, Jofra Archer (3/52) and Adil Rashid (3/66) returned the best figures. But it was Morgan’s show as he smashed an eye-watering amount of maximums to surpass the record of 16 jointly-held by India’s Rohit Sharma, South Africa’s A.B. de Villiers and the West Indies’ Chris Gayle. Seven of those came off Rashid Khan, who had never given up more than two sixes in an ODI before, and Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsMorgan brought up the record with a trademark straight drive that just reached the boundary rope. Rashid ended with figures of 0/110 in 9 overs, making it the most expensive spell in World Cup history and the joint second most expensive figures in ODIs overall. Morgan also notched up the fourth fastest hundred ever in a World Cup match. He went past 200 sixes in ODIs and raced away to his 13th ODI hundred and his first in a World Cup. The team also finished with 25 sixes, the most by a team in an ODI innings, breaking the record registered by them in the game against West Indies in February this year. Afghanistan bowlers were smashed to all corners of Old Trafford as Morgan hit four fours in his breathtaking knock. The 32-year-old’s century came off just 57 balls, thus making it the fastest in this edition of the tournament. The total may have fallen three runs short of the fifth 400-plus total accrued at a World Cup but 397 was still England’s highest score in the history the tournament. An embattled Afghanistan came into the game at the bottom of the table, having lost all four matches they have played thus far and their net run rate standing at -1.638. Brief Scores: England: 397/6 in 50 overs (E Morgan 148, J Bairstow 90) vs Afghanistan 247/8 in 50 overs (H Shahidi 76, R Shah 46, A Afghan 44; J Archer 3/52, A Rashid 3/66).last_img read more


I get lot of undue credit Anurag Kashyap

first_imgMumbai: Anurag Kashyap says he gets undue attention for simply backing a film as a cinephile and the director admits there is a mythology around his name which makes him uncomfortable. Citing the example of the Hindi version of “Game Over” which he presented, the filmmaker said if he likes someone’s work, he will promote it in “any capacity”. “I’ll do that because I love the film. I genuinely feel there’s a lot of mythology around me among cinephiles and filmmakers. I feel a lot of times, I get undue credit, especially when I’m producing a first-time filmmaker’s work. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “People think I must’ve made it. Which is not true because I don’t go on the set of a film I produce. I don’t do these things,” Kashyap told PTI in an interview. Pointing out that his biggest hit, “Gangs of Wasseypur” series earned Rs 50 crore, Kashyap said there are debutant filmmakers who have done better. When pointed out that his contribution is not viewed in terms of box office but for pushing the boundaries of Hindi cinema, Kashyap said he would much rather be anonymous. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “So why do I get the attention? I’ve never been comfortable with it. Any photographer will tell you I can’t pose. I can talk if we are engaged in a conversation. If I had my way, I would’ve changed my name, my face. I wonder why can’t I simply walk down the street and be myself? Many times I feel ‘Anurag Kashyap’ is somebody else. The director said when people tell him that they inspired by his journey, he doesn’t have the right response and when they say they have seen his films, he has only one question to ask: “Did you see it online or in theatres? I don’t want to know more.” Kashyap said he never much cared for credit as long as the work he has created is not tampered with. “I only cared to put my work out there because it led me to my next work. I’ve reached a stage where I finish my work and move on to the next. I leave my release to the producers, distributors. “I don’t even sit on my own posters or trailers. I like making my film. I don’t like anyone to touch my film. It should release the way I’ve edited it. I just don’t want my film or me to be violated. That’s it.”last_img read more


Dhoni makes himself unavailable for Windies tour… but rules out immediate retirement

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday made himself “unavailable” for the coming tour of the West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors meet in Mumbai to pick the squads for the upcoming away series. Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the recent World Cup, Dhoni has told the BCCI that he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his paramilitary regiment. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, “We would like to clarify three things. M S Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors M S K Prasad,” said a BCCI official on Saturday. The 38-year-old Dhoni’s refusal to take retirement now leaves the ball in the court of the selectors, who were expected to drop him from the squad for the West Indies. India will play three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and two Tests in the tour starting August 3. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIt is believed that the selection committee chaired by Prasad wants to move forward with an eye on future but they would also like to get a sense of where the Indian captain stands on this issue. “The selection committee has always been clear on one issue. They have no right to tell anyone irrespective of their stature as to when they should call it quits but when it comes to team selection, it remains their domain,” a senior BCCI official said. With Dhoni pulling out of the tour, Rishabh Pant is expected to be first wicketkeeper in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant’s understudy in the Tests. From now, the focus will be more on T20 cricket keeping the World T20 in mind, which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year. India will be playing a lot of bilateral three-match T20 series in run-up to the global meet and with Dhoni expected to play one more season of IPL with Chennai Super Kings, things are a bit tricky at the moment. There are a few questions that the selectors need to answer. Do they see Dhoni playing till the World T20? If the answer is yes, are they willing to give him 15 to 18 T20s during the phase as a keeper-batsman? If that answer is also yes, it would boil down to whether skipper Virat Kohli sees him as a batsman in T20s where keeping isn’t the primary skill required.last_img read more


Singapores SWF GIC to invest up to Rs 44K cr in IRB

first_imgNew Delhi: Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC will invest up to Rs 4,400 crore in the road assets of IRB Infrastructure Developers, according to a company statement. As part of the transaction, IRB will transfer 9 of its BOT (build, operate and transfer) assets into a private infrastructure investment trust in which IRB will hold controlling stake of 51 per cent, IRB said Tuesday. The deal was approved by the board following which IRB has signed binding definitive agreements with GIC for a total investment of up to Rs 4,400 crore, including funding of future construction costs. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”IRB Infrastructure Developers today announced investment by affiliates of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, in its road platform…The portfolio spans across 1,200 km in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka,” IRB said. Three of these projects have recently become operational and another six are under various stages of construction. Five of the assets under construction are projects for widening of highways into four and six lanes where tolling as well as construction have already begun, the company said. These projects are strategically located along economic corridors and across tourist hubs, it said. IRB is one of the largest private roads and highways infrastructure developers in India claiming to have constructed over 12,600 lane kms in two decades.last_img read more


Jammu and Kashmir Updates If situation normal why cant we visit asks

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of top opposition leaders from CPI(M), DMK and NCP will visit Srinagar on Saturday to “see the ground situation in the state”, where restrictions have been in place since the first week of August. However, hours after their decision was announced, the J&K administration asked political leaders “to cooperate and not visit Srinagar”. Even as authorities have announced relaxation of prohibitory orders in phases across the Valley, people have been observing a near total market and transport shutdown over the last few days against the government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories. Meanwhile, senior officials told The Indian Express the Centre has reached out to two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, raising the possibility of re-opening some space for political dialogue in the Valley.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more


Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for April by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in April. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.5 per cent (14.2)— Prince Edward Island 11.2 (10.3)— Nova Scotia 6.7 (7.4)— New Brunswick 8.0 (8.0)— Quebec 5.4 (5.6)— Ontario 5.6 (5.5)— Manitoba 6.1 (6.2)— Saskatchewan 6.3 (5.8)— Alberta 6.7 (6.3)— British Columbia 5.0 (4.7)last_img


Brothers aged 6 and 8 crash parents truck at Tim Hortons in

first_imgJARVIS, Ont. – An eight-year-old boy and his six-year-old brother escaped unharmed after they allegedly crashed their parents’ truck at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in southwestern Ontario.Provincial police say the boys took the pickup truck around 7 a.m. Thursday to go to the restaurant to get some breakfast.They say the eight-year-old, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle in the Tim Hortons’ drive-thru in Jarvis, Ont.The truck hopped the curb and veered into a field where it became stuck.Police say a Tim Hortons’ employee checked on the truck and discovered the children.No charges were laid and the boys were turned over to their parents.last_img


Ontario man charged in theft of 200 frozen turkey pot pies from

first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – Police in southwestern Ontario say they’ve arrested an alleged pie thief, but 200 pies are still missing.Last week, police said they were investigating after frozen turkey pot pies were reported stolen from a church in Ingersoll, Ont.They say the individual serving pies were taken from the church freezer between May 15 and May 21.OPP say they’ve charged a 33-year-old Ingersoll man with possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.Const. Stacey Culbert says the pies were not recovered.The investigation is continuing, and OPP are looking to speak to anyone who may have information relating to the theft.last_img


Average payments on new mortgages climbing faster than inflation CMHC says

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s federal housing agency says the average scheduled monthly mortgage payment for new loans climbed to $1,328 in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 4.6 per cent from $1,269 a year ago.The increase came as house prices continued to rise, particularly in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver and their surrounding areas.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the fact that the average scheduled monthly payment is growing faster than inflation is concerning because it suggests that homeowners could struggle to make their payments going forward.In Toronto, the average payment was $1,826 during the fourth quarter of last year, up 11.5 per cent from $1,638 a year prior.In Vancouver, it rose by 4.5 per cent to $1,936 from $1,853 in the fourth quarter of 2015.CMHC, which obtained the data from credit monitoring agency Equifax, says mortgage delinquency rates during the fourth quarter of 2016 were 0.34 per cent nationwide compared with 0.35 per cent a year earlier.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.last_img read more


Bill of rights would prevent woes like those experienced by Air Transat

first_imgTORONTO – A bill of rights for Canadian travellers would prevent problems like those experienced by Air Transat passengers forced to withstand uncomfortably warm conditions on a flight stuck on an Ottawa runway for six hours this week, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s Minister of Transport said Wednesday.Karen McCrimmon said the legislation — Bill C-49 — could become a reality in 2018, and would give consumers a legitimate way to hold airlines accountable in cases of mistreatment.“We’re giving the consumer more teeth, to be able to say, ‘no these are my rights, and I don’t have to accept being treated this way,”‘ she said in an interview. “It makes it in the airline’s best interest for this not to happen.”The importance of the bill was highlighted after an Air Transat flight from Brussels that was meant to land in Montreal diverted to Ottawa Monday due to bad weather. A passenger said the plane was grounded for six hours and the cabin grew very hot, with some people having trouble breathing. At one point, a passenger called 911, after which bottles of water were handed out.The Canadian Transportation Agency said Wednesday that it has ordered Air Transat to explain the circumstances of the incident, as well as another tarmac delay involving the airline. The agency said it wanted to know whether the airline respected terms and conditions of carriage for international flights with respect to the treatment of passengers.Air Transat has apologized to passengers involved in Monday’s incident, and said airport staff were unable to provide loading bridges or stairs that would have allowed passengers to disembark or ground crews to replenish the aircraft’s drinking water supply.McCrimmon said the upcoming bill of rights would lay out the basic standards airlines must adhere to, as well as the compensation passengers are entitled to if airlines don’t abide by the rules.Currently, McCrimmon says Air Transat isn’t obliged to compensate the passengers on the flight diverted to Ottawa.“Right now there are no consequences for what happened on the ramp,” she said. “The passengers, all they can do is complain about their situation. But there’s no requirement for the airline to actually reimburse or credit them for what happened to them on the flight.”The bill will guarantee a passenger’s access to basic necessities like water, climate-controlled cabins, and access to washrooms, McCrimmon said. It will also set guidelines for how passengers have to be accommodated if they are bumped off an over booked flight.Travellers will also be protected from involuntary removal from an aircraft, such as the case of a doctor who was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago in April in an incident that left him with cuts and a bloodied face.One consumer protection group said such passenger rights legislation has been a long time coming, since most people now buy tickets directly from an airline — rather than an agent — and may not know everything about an airline’s policies.“What used to be a fairly consistent environment, is now fairly fragmented,” said Ken Whitehurst of the Consumers Council of Canada. “Many aspects of travel and travel contracts were handled originally through travel agents … so there’s kind of a disconnect over the public understanding of who’s responsible for what.”Some observers said, however, that the bill may not go far enough.Gabor Lukacs, an air passenger rights advocate, noted that the Canadian Transportation Agency will be involved in working out the specifics of bill’s regulations. He said the agency is too cosy with the airlines it is supposed to be policing.“It’s an empty shell,” Lukacs said of the bill. “What particularly troubles me about this is that it gives the false impression that there is something being done, while actually nothing is being done.”Bill C-49 will also include changes to allow a larger percentage of foreign ownership of Canadian airlines, modernize rail transport with voice and video recorders and will include other changes to long-term investment in the freight rail sector.last_img read more


Six stories in the news for today Aug 3

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 3———MONTREAL’S BIG O HOUSES ASYLUM SEEKERSMontreal’s Olympic Stadium will be the temporary home address for some newcomers to Canada with the venue being pressed into use as a temporary shelter. The stadium rotunda was fitted with cots, blankets and food as Quebec contends with a recent influx of people entering from the United States. The stadium is expected to be used for a couple of months.———PLANNED BURN SPARKS NEW FIRE IN B.C.A spokesman for British Columbia’s wildfire service says crews accidentally started a blaze on Tuesday to burn off fuel in order to contain one of many fires raging in the province’s Interior. Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a hillside as part of a controlled burn against a wildfire about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops. He says controlled burns are an essential and effective tool for fighting wildfires and most planned burns are successful.———UNRULY PASSENGER FORCES FLIGHT BACK TO TORONTOAn Air Canada flight returned to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last night due to an “unruly passenger.” Peel Regional Police say a flight attendant was assaulted during an incident and suffered minor injuries. The flight was bound for Budapest, Hungary when the pilot flew back to Toronto. Police say the unidentified passenger is expected to appear in court today to face an assault charge.———TSB TO RELEASE REPORT ON ONTARIO TRAIN DERAILMENTThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada is expected to release a report today on a CN Rail train derailment in northern Ontario that caused numerous tank cars to catch fire and crashed into a river. The derailment happened on March 7, 2015, near Gogama, Ont., about 80 kilometres south of Timmins, Ont. The derailment was the third in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area.———FEDS TO MAKE UP VICTIM SURCHARGE SHORTFALLThe Liberal government’s plan to allow judges to excuse impoverished offenders from paying a federal victim surcharge could end up shrinking provincial budgets, so Ottawa is prepared to shell out some extra cash — for a time. The Liberal government introduced legislation last October aimed at partly overturning a change the previous Conservative government made to the surcharges judges impose on offenders at sentencing.———DE GRASSE OUT OF WORLDS WITH INJURYCanadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will miss the upcoming world championships due to a torn hamstring he suffered yesterday while training. The injury is a huge blow to a Canadian team relying on De Grasse for medals at the worlds. The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., was also due to race against Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the 100 metre final at London Olympic Stadium and compete in the 200 metres and the 4×100 relay.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil will hold a news conference to discuss a rise in the number of asylum seekers entering from the U.S.— Finance Minister Joe Ceci is scheduled to announce changes to Alberta’s liquor policies.— Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc will comment today in Moncton, N.B., on the recent deaths of North Atlantic right whales.last_img read more


Trudeau campaigns with candidate in Quebec ahead of federal byelection

first_imgROBERVAL, Qc – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is campaigning in Quebec today ahead of a federal byelection in the Lac-Saint-Jean riding next week.Trudeau will also spend Friday in the riding supporting the party’s candidate, Richard Hebert, the outgoing mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini.The prime minister’s visit comes after the three other federal leaders visited the riding last week ahead of Monday’s byelection.His office says Trudeau will travel to Roberval alone and visit a seniors’ residence and a restaurant before taking questions just before 1 p.m. as part of a packed day of events.Trudeau will also attend a meeting of farmers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in St-Felicien this afternoon and end his day in Dolbeau-Mistassini for a gathering of party faithful and the population at large.It’s Trudeau’s second visit to the riding in recent months.last_img read more


In the news today Feb 7

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Wednesday, Feb. 7———ALBERTA TO STOP IMPORTING B.C. WINE IN OIL FLAPAlberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province is banning wine from British Columbia wineries effective immediately. This, after B-C said last week that it plans to limit how much diluted bitumen can be shipped from the coast. Notley says B.C.’s wine industry sent about 17 million bottles to Alberta last year worth about $70 million. B.C. Premier John Horgan says if Alberta has a problem with the proposed pipeline regulations, they should take the matter to court, not hit back at B.C. businesses.———ONTARIO PLANS TO CONFRONT ‘BUY AMERICAN’ PROVISIONSOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will soon introduce a bill to retaliate against any state that adopts Buy American provisions. Wynne says each punishment will be proportional to the size of the Buy American exclusion because she doesn’t want to start a trade war. The premier says she also plans to discuss the move with fellow premiers at an upcoming conference.———FEDS EARMARK CASH FOR ONLINE CHILD PROTECTIONThe Liberal government will spend millions in new money for a national centre to protect children from online sexual exploitation. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection will receive $4.1 million over five years, and $857,000 a year ongoing. The registered charity says victims of childhood sexual abuse often suffer great distress over the fact video or pictures of the crimes are circulating in cyberspace — adding to the pain they already experience.———RESEARCHERS HOPE FOR EUREKA MOMENT IN FEDERAL BUDGETThe federal budget, now believed to be only a few weeks away, is expected to contain a major financial lift for basic scientific research across the country. The spending will address some concerns laid out last year in a review of fundamental science which recommended the government end a long stretch of underfunding with phased-in investments over four years.———ALBERTA STILL NATURAL, BUT SHRINKING FASTAlberta’s natural beauty is still largely intact but parts of it are disappearing faster than the Amazon rain forest. The most complete study yet from a group that monitors the human footprint in Alberta has found that 70 per cent of the province is still untouched, mostly in the North. But the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute concludes that since the year 2000, Albertans have disturbed an area equal to three-and-a-half times the size of Banff National Park.———LEGAL MARIJUANA STILL ON TRACK FOR JULYThe Trudeau government insists it’s on track to legalize recreational pot in July — but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor told senators Tuesday that provinces and territories have indicated once a bill setting up a legal cannabis regime is given royal assent, they’ll need another eight to 12 weeks to prepare for retail sales.———TVO HOST RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONSteve Paikin, the host of “The Agenda” on Ontario public broadcaster TVO has denied a sexual harassment allegation made by a Toronto woman, calling the claim “complete fiction.” Paikin wrote on Facebook that he was “gobsmacked” by the allegation outlined in an email he received last weekend. TVO has said an independent third party will investigate the allegations, while Paikin continued to host “The Agenda.”———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins a visit to the U.S. today, to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will hold several meetings in New York.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette visits South Korea and meets President Moon Jae-in and later attend the Olympic Winter Games.— Statistics Canada will release building permits for December.— CMHC will release a study into house prices in large Canadian cities.— The French ambassador in Canada, Kareen Rispal, visits Vancouver to deliver keynote speeches and visit companies.last_img read more


Conditional sentence for BC police officer convicted of breach of trust

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a breach of trust charge.The Abbotsford Police Department says in a statement that Const. Christopher Nicholson received a 17-month conditional sentence on Friday, though details of the sentence were not released.Nicholson was charged with multiple counts of breach of trust, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to traffic drugs in May 2013 following an eight-month undercover investigation by Vancouver police.Vancouver’s then-chief of police, Jim Chu, said at the time that the operation was initially based on allegations that an officer was providing false information to his colleagues, who used the information to obtain search warrants.Abbotsford police say Nicholson pled guilty to a single count of breach of trust last September.He is currently suspended from the force with pay.A statement from the department says the case has been a “difficult and lengthy process” and they are pleased it has now concluded.An internal disciplinary process was suspended while the criminal charges went ahead and it is now expected to proceed.last_img read more


Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for September by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.9 per cent in September. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador per cent 13.6 (14.4)— Prince Edward Island 8.7 (9.3)— Nova Scotia 7.8 (8.4)— New Brunswick 7.9 (8.3)— Quebec 5.3 (5.6)— Ontario 5.9 (5.7)— Manitoba 5.8 (5.8)— Saskatchewan 6.4 (6.7)— Alberta 7.0 (6.7)— British Columbia 4.2 (5.3)last_img


Homicide investigators say murder of Hells Angel in Vancouver area was targeted

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — A man described by homicide investigators as a member of the Hells Angels has been identified as the victim of a suspected targeted slaying in Metro Vancouver. Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the body of 43-year-old Chad Wilson was found Sunday morning in Maple Ridge, where he was living.Jang says Wilson was a member of the Hells Angels and describes the killing of a member of the biker-gang as “unsettling news.”He says detectives will be working with gang enforcement experts to avoid any retaliation.Wilson had a previous criminal conviction in the United States stemming from a shooting in South Dakota in 2006 that injured five affiliate members of a rival motorcycle gang and Jang says officers are looking into his past.Police are also appealing to Wilson’s friends in the Hells Angels to come forward.Jang said Tuesday that members of the Hells Angels may have “intimate knowledge” of what happened and he urged them to speak to officers, regardless of their current involvement in criminal activity.“We will go to wherever you are, we will sit down and speak with you and we will treat you with the utmost respect. We want to solve your friend’s — your associate’s — murder as much as you do,” Jang told a news conference in Surrey.The cause of Wilson’s death has not been released but Jang says the homicide team is working with Ridge Meadows RCMP, forensic specialists, the BC Coroners Service and gang enforcement units from across Metro Vancouver.Wilson’s body was found near the banks of the Fraser River under the Golden Ears Bridge.In November 2008, Wilson and a co-accused were acquitted by a jury in South Dakota of attempted murder for a 2006 gunfight that injured members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.Five people were hurt in an exchange of gunfire. Wilson told his trial that he fired in self-defence after the Outlaws started shooting.Following his acquittal, Wilson was subsequently convicted by the same South Dakota court of being a non-immigrant alien in possession of a firearm and sentenced to four years in prison.— With fires from Associated Press.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oilbyrail rampup

first_imgOTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering railway companies to update rules to address employee fatigue.The minister says requirements on work-rest periods for rail employees, introduced in 2002 with mainly minor changes since then, should reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices.Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules.The order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels a day in response to a lack of pipeline capacity.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has cited sleep-related fatigue as a contributing factor in 19 major freight train accidents since 1994, including the Lac-Megantic tragedy in July 2013 when an oil train explosion killed 47 people. Since then, the amount of crude shipped by rail has doubled to a record 269,829 barrels a day in September 2018.The railways, in consultation with unions, must submit rules to Transport Canada by May 19 for approval by the end of June.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Canadian tourists stuck in Haiti as protests rock Caribbean country

first_imgMONTREAL — Dozens of Quebec tourists are stuck in a Haiti hotel, unable to make it to the Port-au-Prince airport because of violent street protests.The hotel on the Caribbean country’s Cote des Arcadins is about 75 kilometres north of the capital.The only highway linking the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Indigo Beach resort to the airport is considered extremely dangerous, and people are staying off it.Air Transat, which sold package tours to the resort, says its flights between Montreal and Haiti are continuing, but it is unable to provide safe ground transport from the resort to the airport.Some tourists have told Quebec media helicopter transport is available to the airport but at a very high cost.Protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise have claimed several lives over the past week. Protesters are angry about skyrocketing inflation and the government’s failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multi-billion Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti.The Canadian Presslast_img read more