Mumbai: It was a thrilling moment for a die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor who got to meet him and hand over gifts to his favourite actor. But it made many netizens frown as the young fan treated the “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” actor like a God by touching his feet. In a video that has gone viral online, a man who describes himself as a “die-hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor. I can do anything for him. He is my life, my world, my everything” on Instagram, is seen touching Ranbir’s feet. This led many netizens troll the actor, who didn’t stop the fan from doing so. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Here’s what some of them commented on the post on Instagram: “I don’t understand why people are crazy about film stars. They are just human beings like us. Why some people treat them like Gods?” “Lol. Alia Bhatt (actress) chose this angry man over humble Sid (actor Sidharth Malhotra). Look at Sid’s video when he meets his fans and look at this ‘drugbir’. Sid even asked his fan for water and RK didn’t even ask him to sit with him.” “Why fan has to touch his feet and sit down instead of sitting on chair. Fans make celebrities. This is not expected from Ranbir.” Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ “Itna (so much) attitude. I hate Ranbir Kapoor.” “Pata nahi log celebrities ko bhagwan kyu maan lete hai (Wonder why people consider celebrities as Gods).” “He is very rude.” “Why sit down? You are a fan. What nonsense and Ranbir didn’t even tell him to sit up.” Meanwhile, the year has been hectic for Ranbir as he is working simultaneously on “Brahmastra” and “Shamshera”.
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force lost 27 aircraft, including 15 fighter jets and helicopters, in crashes since 2016, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said Wednesday. The quantum of provisional loss in 11 cases of crashes was approximately Rs 524.64 crore, he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. In the 2016-17 fiscal, six IAF fighter jets, two helicopters, one transport aircraft and one trainer crashed. In 2017-18, the air force lost two fighter jets and one trainer aircraft in crashes. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The number rose sharply in 2018-19 with the IAF losing seven fighter jets, two helicopters and two trainers. This included the crash of the MiG-21 fighter jet which was being piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during a dog-fight with Pakistan Air Force planes on February 27. On the same day, an Mi-17 helicopter also crashed killing six air force personnel. In 2019-20, so far, an AN-32 transport aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, killing 13 air force personnel earlier this month.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with Delhi Speaker notice to a rebel Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Devendra Sehrawat facing disqualification proceedings and told the legislator to first approach the assembly’s presiding officer. The top court’s vacation bench, which had accepted the legislator’s request for an urgent hearing, made it clear that it was not inclined to intervene at this stage. “Go before the speaker… And if you have any grievance against the order, you can take recourse to legal remedy if available to you,” the bench comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai told the lawmaker.
Kolkata: Three men claimed themselves to be the father of a baby girl, who was born at a private hospital at Netaji Nagar on Sunday.On Tuesday, the mother said the father of the baby was her husband and the confusion ended after three day of drama at the hospital. According to sources, on Saturday, an expectant woman identified as Swapna Maitra got admitted at the private hospital. While she getting admitting, a person identified as Dipankar Pal mentioned himself as her husband on the admission documents. Maitra gave birth to a girl child on Sunday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA twist in the situation occurred on Sunday afternoon when a person identified as Harsh Chhetri reached the hospital and claimed himself as the father of the newborn. He also came up with a marriage certificate with the woman to substantiate his claim. As the hospital authority got confused, Netaji Nagar police station was informed about the situation. The security in front of Maitra’s cabin was also stepped up. No one other than hospital staff and doctors were allowed to enter the cabin. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the police saw the marriage certificate and was almost convinced about Chhetri’s claim, it was decided that a final inspection will be done after talking to Maitra. Police officers had wait to get a change to interact with her as Maitra was unwell. When the police and hospital authority were hopeful that the problem had been solved, another man who identified himself as Pradip Roy arrived at the hospital and claimed that he was the father of the baby on Monday. But before police could reach, he left the hospital saying that he would return with proof. A police picket was set up outside the woman’s cabin. On Tuesday, when police were mulling to conduct a DNA test of the baby, police officers were told that Maitra’s health condition was stable, they could talk to her. During questioning, Maitra said Chhetri was the father of the baby and she deliberately planned this drama to teach Chhetri a lesson over some personal problem with him. However, the last person who claimed to be the father of the newborn could not be traced. Deputy Commissioner, South Suburban Division, Sudeep Sarkar said: “The matter has been settled. No case has been lodged.”
Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya Bachchan have sent a personalised hand-written note to actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal on being feted with National Awards. Amitabh sent a bouquet to the actors with a note, congratulating them for their win. Vicky took to his Instagram stories to share the photograph of the note, which read: “A most deserving National Award… May more follow in time. Keep up the good work.” He captioned the image: “This means the world to me! Thank you Bachchan sir and Jaya ma’am”. Ayushmann tweeted in Hindi along with the image of the note: “When you get a letter of appreciation from this generation’s megastar, it is no less than a National Award. Thank you Amitabh sir and Jaya ma’am.” Ayushmann and Vicky won National Award for their performance in the films Andhadhun and Uri: The Surgical Strike”, respectively. The Vicky Donor actor will soon be seen sharing screen space with Amitabh in the upcoming Shoojit Sircar directorial Gulabo Sitabo.
Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday slammed the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. The “cruel decision” would lead to inflation and affect the middle and lower sections of society, she said in a statement. “The decision to increase petrol and diesel prices is cruel as it will lead to inflation and affect crores of people. This will also increase the difficulties of people who are already facing the burden of increase in prices of all commodities and growing unemployment.” The Uttar Pradesh government has hiked prices by increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol to 26.80 per cent while that on diesel to 17.48 per cent. The new and hiked prices came into effect from Tuesday.
Muzaffarnagar: A man was arrested for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife in the Ramraj area here, police said on Wednesday. Tehzib pronounced talaq three times on his wife, Nusrat Jehan, and forced her to leave the house in Nizampur village, they said quoting a compliant filed by Jehan. The incident took place on June 11 and since then Jehan has been living with her parents, police said. The man has been booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, they said.
Srinagar: Restrictions were eased in most areas of Kashmir with barricades being lifted and the movement of people and traffic increasing gradually, but markets remained shut and mobile and internet services suspended for the 18th day on Thursday. Officials said the situation was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday. In view of the improving situation, the movement of people and traffic was slowly increasing in the city and other district headquarters of the Valley, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Public transport stayed off the roads, but a few inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in some areas. The attendance of teachers in schools up to middle class-level and employees in government offices was also improving. However, most students stayed away due to the prevailing situation, they added. The government ordered the reopening of primary schools across the Valley from Monday and middle schools from Wednesday. The officials said restrictions have been eased in several areas of Kashmir, including in most parts of Srinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBarricades have been removed from uptown and civil lines areas of the city as well as from most areas in other districts. However, the deployment of security forces continues to avoid any law and order problems, they said. The officials said markets were shut in most places in the Valley, as they have been since August 5 when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Shops and other business establishments remain shut though there is no strike call by any separatist group or other organisation. Mobile services and internet remain suspended, the officials said, adding that landline telephone services have been restored at most places. However, they continue to be suspended in several areas, including in Srinagar’s commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.
Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the Isro scientists will be undeterred by the setback on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, and asserted the nation will achieve its goal of reaching the moon.Modi was speaking hours after the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission lost communication contact with the ground centre in the wee hours of Saturday in Bengaluru, a moment he personally witnessed.He said the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists have a very strong spirit of working and will not rest till the objective is met. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The dream of reaching the moon will be accomplished Isro and those working with it won’t stop, get tired or sit down,” Modi said, speaking at an event in the financial capital later in the day.Modi said the scientists are not the naysayers who shy away from challenges or chicken out at the first sight of difficulty. They pursue their goals hard and keep trying till the objective is met.The prime minister said the orbiter is still hovering the moon and termed it as a historic achievement in itself. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAddressing a public gathering here, he invoked the famous ‘Mumbai Spirit’ that helps the megapolis face any setbacks, and said the Isro scientists have a similar spirit.Earlier in the day, Modi had addressed scientists at the Isro control centre in Bengaluru, and told them not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the moon mission and asserted that there will be a “new dawn and a better tomorrow”.”We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better. The nation is proud of our space programme and our scientists. The best is yet to come in our space programme. There are new frontiers to discover and new places to go. The whole nation is with you,” Modi told the crestfallen scientists. Isro’s plan to soft land the Vikram module on the south pole of the lunar surface-the first nation ever to make such an attempt–did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.Modi delivered a message of optimism, solidarity and hope to the scientists in an address, which was broadcast live, hours after the Isro announced that it had lost communication with the lander.
Lubumbashi: A freight train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo early Thursday, killing illegal passengers who were riding on it, in the latest rail tragedy to strike the vast central African nation, officials said. But in a chaotic situation, estimates of the death toll varied widely, from 10 to a hundred. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn contrast, the provincial governor, Zoe Kabila, who is the brother of former president Joseph Kabila, issued a tweet that said, “Correction… provisional toll 10 dead, 30 injured and three railcars overturned.” But witnesses at the scene and local media feared a hundred people could have been killed. Victor Umba, the union head of the national rail company SNCC, said the freight train was travelling from the town of Nyunzu to the town of Niemba when two railcars fell on their sides, crushing many people underneath. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Those who died in this derailment were stowaways. It is impossible for the SNCC to provide any kind of toll,” Umba told AFP. He added that the SNCC’s chief was in the provincial capital of Kalemie trying to find a way to raise the carriages. “It seems that many stowaways are trapped under the derailed carriages”. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by derelict tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s. In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a freight train carrying illegal passengers crashed in the central region of Kasai. In November last year, 10 stowaways were killed and 24 injured near the eastern town of Samba when the brakes failed on a freight train.
MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Canadian rugby associations, and some of the sport’s most prominent players, are expressing condolences to the family of a P.E.I. high school athlete who died after what one expert says was a “rare” serious injury.Brodie McCarthy, 18, sustained a fatal brain injury during a routine play on Friday which resulted in bleeding from two different parts of his brain.McCarthy was coherent and lucid when he came off the field after the play, Seana Evans-Renaud, principal of Montgomery Regional High School, said Tuesday.He answered questions from the coach, who told him to sit down and asked another player to sit with him, she said.Then McCarthy lost consciousness.The teen was taken by ambulance to Moncton, where doctors conducted brain surgery Friday night. On Saturday, doctors conducted a CAT scan which registered no brain activity, Evans-Renaud said.McCarthy was weeks away from graduating.“The P.E.I. Rugby Union and the Prince Edward Island rugby community are devastated and heartbroken at the tragedy over the weekend,” a statement from the union’s website said.Jen Kish, retired Rugby 7s player and Olympic bronze medallist, tweeted Monday that her “heartfelt condolences goes out to the McCarthy family.”Her former teammate, Karen Paquin, tweeted: “I have no words. All my thoughts go to the family of this young man.”“We are deeply saddened to learn about Grade 12 student Brodie McCarthy, and the tragic incident in P.E.I. that occurred at a high school rugby match,” wrote Rugby Canada in a blog post on their website.According to Statistics Canada, rugby was the third most common sport in which 15- to 19-year-old males sustained concussions and other brain injuries between 2012 and 2014, behind ice hockey and football.In 2013, Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old high school rugby player from Ottawa, suffered two concussions in one week before sustaining a third during a rugby game that led to her death two days later. In March, Ontario passed Rowan’s Law, concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries.However, a study conducted by the medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia, Dr. Robert Green, shows youth sport-related deaths, especially rugby-related deaths, are rare.According to the study, the five deaths from sports injuries in Nova Scotia between 2000 and 2013 happened while children were skateboarding, swimming or cycling.Green said fewer than five rugby-related major trauma incidents were reported in Nova Scotia over the last 16 years. All involved adults, and none died.“I can understand the backlash and discussion about rugby-related injuries, and yes it’s a violent sport — I played it myself,” Green said. “But as far as major injuries and if they happen more than American football? No.”Green said he hopes the tragedy will start a conversation about youth taking major traumatic injuries seriously and what parents and coaches can do to prevent and treat them.Rugby Canada’s PlaySmart program was launched in 2016 to educate members and provincial unions on the risk of head injury on the field and how to properly manage and report the injuries.“Any player with concussion or suspected concussion should be immediately and permanently removed from training or play,” the Rugby Canada website says.Evans-Renaud said this isn’t the first time tragedy has hit her high school.“We lost three students in an accidental fire,” she said. “We have lost a teacher, a bus driver and a student all in one year.”“We just want to get through one year without something like this, but unfortunately we are no stranger to tragedy and grief that goes along with it.”— By Fadila Chater in Halifax
What defines Canada? A new survey suggests the answers are as diverse as the country itself.The poll, commissioned by Historica Canada and conducted by Ipsos, asked a number of questions about various aspects of Canadiana ranging from inquiries about the preferred Canadian dinner companion to most effective single word to describe the country.Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers.When asked what single word would describe Canada, the most popular answer was freedom or liberty, a choice made by just a quarter of respondents.Participants were asked to choose which living or dead Canadian they’d most like to have dinner with, and the top choice – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – earned just eight per cent of votes.The survey even found dissent on some of the country’s most stereotypical national symbols, with one third of respondents admitting to a hatred of hockey and 37 per cent disputing the tastiness of ketchup chips.Canadians did display more loyalty to animals that have come to be seen as national symbols, with 85 per cent of respondents standing by the beaver and 82 per cent expressing fondness for the Canada Goose.Canadian beer also earned the support of 72 per cent of participants, who proclaimed it among the best in the world.Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself.“I think it’s very reflective of Canada that there’s one or two core values that jump up … and then it’s kind of cool that there’s no great consensus on any other thing,” Wilson-Smith said in a telephone interview. “We’re a country where people come from everywhere, have different views, and I think increasingly what defines Canada is you don’t have to fit a national stereotype.”The survey results hinted at what some of those core values might be, Wilson-Smith said, pointing to the only two findings to garner any kind of widespread support.A quarter of respondents used the words freedom or liberty to describe Canada, while 20 per cent identified the word home as their descriptor of choice.Wilson-Smith speculated that those words are particularly appealing to a diverse population, many of whom have routes in countries where freedom could not be taken for granted.The variety of other responses on words to describe Canada, which included best, opportunity, equality, multicultural, and inclusive, attest to a diversity of national priorities, he said.Consensus was even harder to attain when discussing famous Canadians that might make for good company over dinner.Trudeau’s eight per cent support from respondents was followed by Quebecois singer Celine Dion, who secured five per cent of respondents’ support. Former Prime Ministers Sir John A. MacDonald and Pierre Trudeau and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky rounded out the top five, the survey found,The poll also explored Canadians’ favourite home-grown inventions, finding a greatest appreciation for the electric oven (44 per cent of respondents), IMAX films (32 per cent), and the snowmobile (25 per cent).One thing Canadians do seem to agree on is a desire to celebrate the country’s upcoming 150th birthday.About 80 per cent of the survey’s 1,003 respondents said they planned to acknowledge Saturday’s sesquicentennial in some way.The Ipsos poll was completed using an online panel between June 7 and 8. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Access to the backcountry has been banned in a large swath of British Columbia’s Interior as wildfire crews gear up for a challenging weekend.Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says winds are expected to pick up Saturday with a change in the weather and that risks fuelling fires already burning throughout the Cariboo fire centre.The ban starts immediately, covering 103,000 square kilometres in south central B.C., and Skrepnek says it is intended to maintain safety and prevent any human-caused fires that could divert their resources.The restriction will be in place until Sept. 5 and means people cannot remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization.Commercial operations, people travelling on an official capacity or to their primary residence, and those helping in the firefighting are exempt from the restriction.The Cariboo region spans from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east is popular among hikers and campers.
PEMBROKE, Ont. – A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley two years ago will be sentenced on Wednesday.Basil Borutski sat in a packed Pembroke, Ont., courtroom and showed no emotion Tuesday as the families of his three victims told of their heartbreak through victim impact statements.Four of the victim impact statements were read by Crown attorney Julie Scott.Borutski was convicted late last month of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam, and of second-degree murder in the strangling of Carol Culleton. All three murders were committed on Sept. 22, 2015, in the space of less than an hour.Life sentences are mandatory on all three counts and the Crown is seeking that Borutski be ineligible for parole for 70 years.Borutski, who is representing himself, refused to make any comments or submissions at the sentencing hearing.Warmerdam’s mother Maz Tracey was blunt about her family’s loss.“There is a huge hole in our lives and our family. Daily we walk under a black cloud,” she said.In a videotaped interview played at trial, Borutski expressed a degree of remorse for his actions, which he said were fuelled by rage at what he considered to be the lies and betrayals of his victims.In the video, he described how he was acting like a “zombie” on the day in question, saying he’d originally planned to take his own life, but decided against it because he believed it was wrong to take an innocent life.“I killed them because they were not innocent,” Borutski said in the video. “They were guilty. I was innocent. I’ve done nothing wrong.”(CFRA, The Canadian Press)
TORONTO – One of Toronto’s infamous raccoons startled some commuters when it boarded a subway train in the city on Friday.The Toronto Transit Commission says the furry critter made its way onto a southbound train at Bloor Station during morning rush hour, causing a brief delay.TTC special constables used a special stick with a lasso to catch the animal and held it in a trash bin until Animal Services arrived.TTC spokesman Brad Ross said it was a humane capture and jokingly asked the raccoon not to make riding the subway a habit.Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted that the city always knew rolling out new raccoon-resistant green bins would have consequences.(680 News)
Porch lights have been turning on across North America in honour of a New Brunswick teenager who turned a terminal prognosis into an online movement that inspired acts of kindness around the globe.Rebecca Schofield died of brain cancer in Moncton on Saturday evening at the age of 18.Hundreds of members of a Facebook group dedicated to her #BeccaToldMeTo movement said they were turning on their porch lights Sunday evening in her honour, in places like California, Texas, Florida and across Canada.“Porch light on in Arizona in memory of Becca,” commented Facebook user Cynthia Howard on a post that had been shared more than 2,200 times by Monday morning.Her supporters were also commenting that they would continue to carry out her final request and perform random acts of kindness — with one home daycare owner posting that she was offering her clients a week of free child care.“Becca your beautiful kind spirit will surely be missed on this earth but your legacy will live on. Thank you for giving hope back to humanity,” commented Facebook user Katelynn Draper of Campbellton, N.B.The Riverview, N.B., teenager penned a bucket list in December 2016 after learning her years-long battle with brain cancer had taken a turn for the worse, with doctors giving her only months to live.The list included some of life’s simple pleasures — playing with puppies, eating her dad’s macaroni and cheese — and one more altruistic request. She asked her thousands of Facebook followers to help her cross an item off the list by performing random acts of kindness and posting them online under the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.“I want to create a mass of acts of kindness,” Schofield told her thousands of Facebook followers.Her request soon went viral, with people as far away as Australia posting their good deeds to social media with the hashtag “#BeccaToldMeTo.”The campaign even attracted the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recognized Schofield’s “bravery, volunteerism and inspiring commitment to community” in a February 2017 tweet.Politicians including New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant and Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc have offered their condolences, and the New Brunswick RCMP tweeted that its flag was flying at half mast Monday.Former Ontario MP Eve Adams tweeted that she received two free coffees on Sunday in Hamilton and Ajax, Ont.“Both times the cashier told me the customer ahead bought my coffee because #BeccaToldMeTo. Of course, I paid it forward,” she wrote.Schofield’s family released a statement Sunday that said her supporters “gave her hope that all the good and the bad of the past three years had a meaning, even at times when that was hard to see.”“You gave her the profound blessing of knowing in her too short life that she had made a difference,” the statement said.“If the love of a community actually had the medical power to cure childhood cancer, we believe Becca would have lived forever. While that wasn’t possible, we believe the countless acts of kindness Becca and her family have received from a community of caring people literally around the globe has at least helped soothe all of our souls.”People post good deeds to Schofield’s Facebook page on a daily basis, celebrating acts ranging from holding the door open for someone to sending a box of bath items to Canadian soldiers in Kuwait.Thousands of dollars have been raised in Schofield’s honour, in addition to donations of food, clothing and blood.The New Brunswick government declared the third Saturday of September “Becca Schofield Day,” and kicked off the inaugural event in 2017.A celebration of Schofield’s life is set to be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Riverview on Wednesday, according to an obituary posted on the Cobb’s Funeral Home website.The notice said the family is asking that mourners donate to charity in lieu of flowers.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
MONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in the region grew five per cent year-over-year in February, as the number of active listings dropped 17 per cent.A total of 4,081 residential sales were made last month across the city’s census metropolitan area, marking the 36th straight increase and the busiest month of February since 2012.As was the case in 21 of the past 24 months, condominiums registered the largest increase in sales, jumping by 14 per cent.Single-family homes and plexes posted small increases of one per cent and three per cent, respectively.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $310,000 last month, up six per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $481,500, a one per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price grew by five per cent last month, with half of all units selling for more than $250,000.The real estate board says acceleration in price growth is a direct result of increasingly tighter market conditions.
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, March 7———FEDS EYE TOUGHER SCREENING OF GUN OWNERSThe federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as mental instability or violent behaviour. An internal memo shows the Liberals plan to introduce legislation in coming weeks to fulfil platform promises on firearms — including a requirement for “enhanced background checks” for anyone seeking to buy a handgun or other restricted weapon. The federal memo, released under the Access to Information Act, indicates the government could go further, beefing up screening of those who already have guns “by allowing authorities to reassess licence eligibility in a more timely fashion.”———MISSING, MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY IN LABRADOR TODAYThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls begins two days of hearings in Labrador today. About 23 family members and survivors are expected to address the hearings in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, although most will be in private. The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The commissioners began the inquiry in September 2016 and were hoping to issue a final report by the end of 2018, but are formally asking for two more years to finish their work.———TINA FONTAINE’S FAMILY STILL LOOKING FOR ANSWERSTina Fontaine’s family is still looking for answers after the man accused of her murder was found not guilty. Thelma Favel, Tina’s great-aunt who raised her for most of her life on the Sagkeeng First Nation, sat in the court room during the three-week trial of Raymond Cormier. She listening to testimony from experts, people who knew Tina and audio recordings of the accused speaking about the teenager. Favel says she is still struggling not knowing what happened in the weeks before Tina’s body was found in the Red River, wrapped in a duvet filled with rocks in 2014.———B.C. WOMAN RESPONDS TO EXPERIMENTAL CANCER TREATMENTA North Vancouver woman with stage four pancreatic cancer has responded so well to an experimental therapy that doctors studying her case hope to help other patients diagnosed with what’s often a deadly disease. Susan Stewart began taking experimental medication in January 2017 and also had her pancreatic tumour sequenced as part of a study in Vancouver by the Terry Fox Research Institute. The aim of that study is to sequence tumours and provide personalized treatment for patients based on their particular subtype of the disease. Stewart’s oncologist says C-T scans show her response to experimental therapy has been fantastic.———MOST CANADIANS CAN’T NAME ACHIEVEMENTS OF FAMOUS WOMEN: POLLA new poll suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country’s most famous women. The survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found the majority of Canadians couldn’t name the achievements of such famous women as Emily Carr and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Only 37 per cent of respondents to the poll could identify Carr’s accomplishments as a painter, while only 27 per cent knew that Montgomery’s fame sprang from her authorship of such Canadian literary classics as “Anne of Green Gables.”———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continues a trip to London that’s focused on Canada-U.K. trade.— Court martial in Halifax for master seaman Daniel Cooper, accused of sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate.— Statistics Canada releases the Canadian international merchandise trade for January and the labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost for the fourth quarter.— The Bank of Canada makes its target rate announcement.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale hosts a one-day National Summit on Gun and Gang Violence.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends an International Women’s Day event in Toronto.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.— The spring sitting of the Manitoba legislature begins.
TORONTO – A timeline of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race:Jan. 24: Patrick Brown, then the leader of the party, calls a last-minute press conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct allegations. He decries them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Vic Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the province’s spring election, but the party executive announces a leadership contest will be held instead, with a winner to be announced March 10.Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to wrest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on its original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.Feb. 15: The leadership candidates meet for the first of two televised debates. During the conversation all four voice opposition to the Liberals’ increase to the minimum wage and reject a proposed carbon tax that would have been the cornerstone of Brown’s election platform had he remained as party leader.Feb. 16: Brown joins the leadership race with less than an hour to go before a registration deadline. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track. Earlier that day, Fedeli announced Brown had been kicked out of Tory caucus.Feb. 21: Brown’s quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest, save for Mulroney who had previously been vetted when she secured a riding nomination in late 2016.Feb. 26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.Feb. 28: The party extends the deadline for members to register to cast a vote amid rising complaints that the necessary documents were not reaching people on time. The original registration deadline, set for March 2, is pushed back to March 5. Later that night, the candidates meet in Ottawa for the second and final televised leadership debate of the contest.March 3: The party issues a further extension to the voter registration deadline, moving it to March 7, and also extends the deadline for casting an actual ballot to noon on March 9.March 6: Ford, who had been raising questions about abortion access in the province, clarifies his position by saying that while he himself is pro-life, he believes the abortion matter is resolved. He pledges, however, never to muzzle members of the caucus if elected and allow them to vote with their conscience.March 7: The party extends the voter registration deadline for a third time, setting it at 8 p.m. on March 8. Originally, voting was supposed to close on that day.March 8: Ongoing challenges with mailing registration papers to party members leads to significant backlash on several fronts. Ford, alleging that party insiders are only getting the registration materials out to select members, says the election process was “not transparent.” He, Mulroney and Granic Allen all call for the Leadership Election Organizing Committee to push back the date of the vote. Committee Chair Hartley Lefton defends the process, saying it was passed by senior leadership in accordance with the party constitution. Later that day, lawyer Jeffrey Radnoff, representing a disenfranchised party member, files an injunction application in Superior Court in a bid to extend the race.March 9: A Toronto judge hears arguments on the request to extend the voting period, but ultimately rejects the application, meaning the leadership race will go on as scheduled.March 10: After hours of delays, party officials announce they are reviewing the results of the election. Lefton tells a raucus crowd that the “allocation of a certain list of electors” needed to be resolved, as it could affect the final result.
As yellow tape surrounds the pumps at multiple Calgary and Edmonton Petro-Canada gas stations, Suncor is also tracking the situation across the Prairies.“We are monitoring Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said. “But right now, the sites are just Alberta.”The cause for the fuel shortage stems from seasonal maintenance, and Fisher said while they do plan to have supply on hand, in this case, there’s a reduced inventory level.“I don’t have a timeline,” she said about when the stations could come back online. “Just doing everything we can to source additional supplies as soon as possible.”Senior Petroleum Analyst with gasbuddy.com Dan McTeague said the maintenance is at a major Suncor facility in Edmonton.“I would expect Petro-Can’s situation, although it is noticeable, may very well come back into align by this time next week,” he said. “I suspect it may be very close to completing their work.”It isn’t exactly clear how many stations are shut down, but as of Thursday afternoon, some closed stations in Calgary include the ones in Bridgeland, Brentwood, Crescent Heights and Sundance.McTeague suspects some hiked prices coming soon.“Don’t hesitate, if you can see gasoline under $1.29 take it up,” he said.