Canada’s Prisons Are the ‘New Residential Schools’

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By Nancy Macdonald

TORONTO (Macleans) - A months-long investigation reveals that at every step, Canada’s justice system is set against Indigenous people.

Canada’s crime rate just hit a 45-year low. It’s been dropping for years—down by half since peaking in 1991. Bizarrely, the country recently cleared another benchmark, when the number of people incarcerated hit an all-time high. Dig a little further into the data, and an even more disquieting picture emerges.

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http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/canadas-prisons-are-the-new-residential-schools/

M-103 Report Makes Few Recommendations About Islamophobia

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By Maura Forrest

OTTAWA (National Post) - The report does recommend a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, and other forms of religious discrimination.

The report arising from the Liberals’ anti-Islamophobia motion, M-103, was made public on Thursday, and calls for a national action plan on racism and religious discrimination, better data collection on hate crimes and cultural sensitivity training for law enforcement.

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http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/m-103-report-makes-few-recommendations-about-islamophobia

Patrick Brown's Downfall and the Challenges of Vetting Candidates

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By Mark Gollom

TORONTO (CBC) - The allegations of sexual misconduct against former Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown raise questions about the vetting process for political candidates and whether enough scrutiny is being applied to those seeking office.

But some political strategists say parties, with limited resources, can only do so much investigating, and that it often comes down to trust.

"Vetting ultimately relies a lot on honesty," said Kathleen Monk, an NDP campaign strategist and principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group. "Ultimately, it's up to the candidate themselves to kind of be truthful with the party to ensure that there's no reputational harm that will come to the party as a result of things they've done in the past."

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/patrick-brown-vetting-political-candidates-1.4504209

Two South Asians Among 23 Appointees to the Order of Ontario

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By A Correspondent

On January 29, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 23 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

“I am proud to welcome the 23 newest members of the Order of Ontario. They continue a tradition of excellence, and represent the best of this great province. Their extraordinary achievements have contributed to making Ontario, and the world, a better place for us all,” said Dowdeswell.

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An Evening to Remember: The Secret Garden

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By A Correspondent

The Secret Garden, adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Allen Macinnis, opened to a packed house on Thursday, February 8 at the Young People's Theatre in Toronto.  

Playwright Paul Ledoux observed that in a period when the heroes of children's novels were goodie two shoes, the writer offered us two perfectly horrid brats full of psychologically complex traumas given by adults who were equally flawed. Then, with the help of two 'common children off the moor' with a connection to the power of friendship and nature, she duly healed those wretched wealthy children.

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Ash Gupta – The Man Behind the Lens

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Los Angeles based photographer, Ash Gupta, has snapped a string of high profile individuals like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Carmen Electra, Elizabeth Shue, Steven Seagal, Dane Cook, Gulshan Grover, Preity Zinta, Mallika Sherawat and Director Davis Guggenheim to name a few. Famous musicians like Chayanne, James Kaufman, Fred Durst and Paulina Rubio among others have been privy to his master shots. His editorials have graced many a magazine – be it Cosmopolitan, Italian Vanity Fair, GQ, MAXIM, Latin Style, Genlux, Stone, Ritmo Beat, Smart Photography, Fashion Unlimited, After Capture, NHA or IndianLifeandStyle.com.

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Yoga with Pooja Batra

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By A Correspondent

Pooja Batra is an Indian movie star and a former Miss India who now resides in Los Angeles.

Pooja is well known for her numerous hit Bollywood films including Virasat, Haseena Maan Jayegi, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaye and Taj: The Eternal Love Story. Her most recent release was the psychological thriller ‘The Mirror Game’ which after a theatrical release in India can now be seen on Netflix.

Pooja is also working in Hollywood films having acted in the 2017 film ‘One Under the Sun’  ‘Lethal Weapon’ series & currently working on a movie called Singh in the Rain with Anupam Kher.

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Quest for Transformation of the World

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Dhritimaan Abilizing Infinity Foundation

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Infinity of minds is one crucial piece which is missing in today’s quest for transformation of the world. No matter what resources are deployed on food, shelter, health and education on the underprivileged — unless we sensitize ourselves to ‘abilize’ their minds with the power of dignity, self-belief and passion, it would be impossible for us to make our society throb and radiate. A 21 year old conceived this belief and propelled a movement for mind-engineering to steer this belief to reality.

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February 11: Suhaag Wedding and Lifestyle Show

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By A Correspondent

Kicking off the bridal season this year, Suhaag is back with trendsetting fashion and all your wedding needs at the 21st Suhaag show to be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd, Mississauga). Tickets are $15.00 (available at the door) and parking is free!

The Suhaag turns on the glamour at the show and has tons in store for not only brides and grooms-to-be, but also for their friends, family and the general public. Two grand fashion shows at 1.30pm and 4.30pm, will showcase the latest in bridal trends from top boutiques in the GTA. This fashion spectacle, high on style and glamour will showcase the richness of South Asian heritage with a modern twist for today’s bride and groom.

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Bihar: Lingering Dangers

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak, Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, Ashish Patra (29), was killed during an exchange of fire between Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres and Security Force (SF) personnel in the Chakarbandha Hills near Balthar village under Barachatti Tehsil (revenue unit) in Gaya District on January 2, 2018.

According to sources, on January 1, after receiving specific intelligence regarding Maoists' movement in the area, a search operation was launched by the SFs. On the next day (January 2), at around 3.30pm, an exchange of fire took place between the two sides in which the CRPF trooper sustained injuries and died later.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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