Faridabad: The precision at which the entire event of murdering Vikas Chaudhary was carried have led Faridabad Police to infer that this was a well-planned attack that may have been carried out by known criminals.The real motive of the murder is yet to be ascertained by the police despite the murder being committed in the broad daylight and that too in the busy area of sector-9. According to sources, besides being involved in the political activities, Vikas Chaudhary was also involved in the financing activities where he used to give loans. What is however also being brought out is that Chaudhury was also involved in a host of criminal activities and it was due to the enemies he had made during this time led to his brutal murder. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to the police, the teams have already been dispatched to areas of Western Uttar Pradesh, Bahadurgarh, Delhi and Gururgam where they feel the murderers might have escaped. “As per the leads so far Vikas Chaudhary had a criminal background and 13 FIRs of extortion, kidnapping, attempt to murder etc were regd against him since 2007 in Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh. His murder appears to be connected to his own criminal background,” said Navdeep Singh Virk Additional DGP (law and order). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSources claim that he had made certain rivals in the business There is also a view that rapid growth of Chaudhary in the Congress party had cause envy among various senior leaders. A lot of small case often got registered against him for getting in a scuffle with the opposition leaders and policemen as he used to be at the forefront of the attacks. According to sources most of the Congress workers had already expressed their displeasure of his stature being risen at a very short time. At a time when there is believed to be a lot of groupism in the party, there was also unhappiness of Chaudhury moving away from Hooda camp to Ashok Tanwar camp. “As of now, it will be too premature for us to come to the conclusion of what may have happened. We have got certain leads in the case and am working towards it in cracking the case,” said Jaiveer Rathi ACP (crime ).
WIMBLEDON: Last year’s Wimbledon men’s finalists both advanced to the second round on the opening day of this year’s tournament. Defending champion Novak Djokovic was first on Centre Court on Monday, as is tradition at the All England Club. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round. “It’s a sacred court, the cradle of our sport for sure,” four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic said in the tunnel after walking off the grass. “It has a very special place in my heart, in my career as well. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I’ve been blessed to be very successful on this court over the years so every time I step on it memories come back and a great feeling.” Djokovic started the match in a hole, with Kohlschreiber breaking in the top-seeded Serb’s opening service game. But the troubles ended there for Djokovic, who had lost to Kohlschreiber in Indian Wells on a hard court this year. “I know that he’s capable to play some really good quality tennis on various surfaces, especially on grass,” Djokovic said. “He takes the ball early, has a good slice, good serve. So it was good test for me.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFourth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who lost to Djokovic in straight sets in last year’s final, moved into the second round by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in only his third match since March. “Different expectations coming in right now given that I’ve not played many matches this year,” said Anderson, a South African who also reached the 2017 U.S. Open final. “But I think there’s a lot of positives I can take from today, and hopefully I’ll be able to keep building on that.” Stan Wawrinka, seeded 22nd, also advanced. The three-time Grand Slam singles champion, who has won each of the other three majors but never Wimbledon, defeated Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Wawrinka, who will next face tall American Reilly Opelka in the second round, has never been past the quarterfinals at the All England Club. “I think for sure some tough years here by losing first or second round. I had two good years by making quarterfinals,” Wawrinka said. “I do believe that this year I’m playing well, I playing the best I never played on grass court. For sure I am having a tough next match.” The 21-year-old Opelka, who is 6-foot-11 (2.11 meters), beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Naomi Osaka became the first top player to lose at Wimbledon, falling to Yulia Putinseva 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round. The second-seeded Osaka, who won the U.S. Open last year and the Australian Open this year, was ranked No. 1 in the world until last week. Osaka had 38 unforced errors on Centre Court, while Putinseva had only seven. It was Osaka’s second loss to Putinseva on grass this season. The Japanese player lost to the 24-year-old Kazakh in Birmingham two weeks ago. Osaka lost in the third round at French Open. Simona Halep, a former No. 1 on the women’s tour who is seeded seventh at Wimbledon, advanced despite some pain in her left knee and foot. The Romanian, who called for a trainer after winning the first set, trailed 5-2 in the second set before rallying to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 7-5. Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova also advanced, beating Lin Zhu 6-2, 7-6 (4). Later Monday, 39-year-old Venus Williams was to play 15-year-old Coco Gauff. Williams is the oldest player in the women’s field. Not only is Gauff the youngest, but the American is also the youngest player in the professional era to reach the main draw at the All England Club by going through qualifying rounds. Williams had won four of her seven Grand Slam titles by the time Gauff was born.
Washington: US Defence Secretary nominee Mark T Esper has told lawmakers that he wants to solidify the enduring strategic partnership with India supported by strong defence cooperation with the Indian military. Esper said the Trump administration would continue to bolster the overall defence relationship through senior-level engagement such as the 2+2 ministerial dialogue. “If confirmed, my overall guiding objective for our relationship with India would be to solidify an enduring strategic partnership underpinned by strong defence cooperation with an Indian military able to collaborate effectively with the United States to address shared interests,” Esper told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Within the context of Major Defence Partnership, Esper said he would continue to prioritise increasing information-sharing capabilities with the Indian armed forces, and expanding the scope and complexity of military-to-military exercises, including incorporating joint aspects into service-level exercises. Esper, in a written response to questions, said he would also continue to encourage enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness cooperation, and promote co-development opportunities and industrial cooperation. According to Esper, the US force’s posture in the Indo-Pacific region should evolve to ensure that combat credible forces arecapable of degrading, delaying, or denying competitors’military objectives until reinforcements arrive.
Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party has termed the withdrawal of the security cover to SP President Akhilesh Yadav as an ‘act of vendetta’. Senior Samajwadi legislator and leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary said, “The BJP governments are indulging in unmatched act of political vendetta. Never before has any political party behaved like this. Withdrawing security of top leaders without any apparent reason is unpardonable and the people will make the BJP pay for it. BJP has been targeting Akhilesh Yadav since long.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Another former SP minister Arvind Singh Gope said that political vendetta was the only reason behind the move to withdraw the security of the SP President. “Who is going to be responsible if any untoward incident takes place? We are not going to take this lying down,” he said. Senior BJP minister Satish Mahana said that the decision to scale down security had been taken after reviewing the threat perception. “The security of some BJP leaders has also been scaled down so there is no question of political vendetta. SP leaders have a habit of making unnecessary noise,” he said.
Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will file his nomination papers for the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.”The party has decided to nominate former PM Manmohan Singh from the state and he will be filing four sets of nominations here on Tuesday,” Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress president Sachin Pilot said. The seat got vacant after the death of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini in June. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress has the majority in the state assembly and Singh (86) is likely to win the bypoll. The Rajasthan assembly has 200 seats, two of which are vacant. The Congress has 100 MLAs and its alliance partner Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has one seat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 72, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 6, Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), CPI (M) and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) have two seats each. Thirteen MLAs are independents and two seats are vacant. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ruling Congress in the state also enjoys the support of 12 out of the 13 independents and the BSP legislators. Veteran Congress leader Manmohan Singh was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades. He was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country’s prime minister for two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2014. Manmohan Singh’s tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14 this year and he could not be renominated as the Congress Party did not have the strength to send him to the Upper House from Assam and there was no other vacancy left. As per the schedule released by the Election Commission, the last date for the filing of nomination papers is August 14. Scrutiny of papers will be done on August 16. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations is August 19. The polling will be held on August 26 while the counting of votes will take place on the same day at 5 pm.
Beirut: A suspected Russian airstrike has hit a displaced people’s gathering in a town in Syria’s last rebel enclave, killing at least 13, including a number of children, activists and a war monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike, suspected to have been carried out by Russian aircraft on Friday, hit in the town of Hass south of Idlib province, where peopled displaced by the violence had congregated. The monitoring group said the attack killed at least four children. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Other activist-operated networks, including the Thiqa news agency, reported the attack and also put the death toll at 13. Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Idlib and its surroundings, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, since April 30 in a Russia-backed campaign. Fighting has picked up in recent days, after a collapsed short-lived cease-fire and government troops have been seizing territory on the enclave’s edge. Idlib and the surrounding rebel-held area is home to some 3 million people, many of them displaced in other battles around the war-torn country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In recent weeks, more than 450,000 have been displaced within the area while more than 500 civilians were killed. The violence continued despite pleas from the United Nations and aid groups. The fighting over the past days has been concentrated on two fronts as government forces march toward the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Separately, Syrian state media reported that the country’s air defences have responded to a “hostile target” and destroyed the missile before it reached a central Syrian town. The SANA news agency said on Friday that the projectile had entered the Syrian airspace overnight from Lebanon’s airspace, heading toward the town of Masyaf in Hama province. The report suggested, without saying outright, that the missile was fired by Israel. SANA says the incoming projectile was destroyed before it reached its target. There was no immediate comment from Israel.
OTTAWA – The federal government isn’t properly managing the risks that farmed salmon pose to their wild counterparts, nor is it doing enough to ensure Canada is meeting its international commitments on biodiversity and sustainable development, Canada’s environmental watchdog says.In a series of new audits released Tuesday, environment commissioner Julie Gelfand takes a closer look at Canada’s management of the $1-billion salmon farming industry, which she warns is lacking when it comes to assessing the risk that diseases among farmed fish pose to wild salmon.The department has no requirement to monitor the health of wild salmon or the status of the ocean floor beneath penned salmon farms, said Gelfand, and the department is also providing better funding for research related to fish farms than it is for research to help monitor their impact.“The department is at risk of being seen to promote aquaculture over the protection of wild salmon,” Gelfand said after the reports were tabled in Parliament.The research gaps are extensive enough that there’s no way to determine the impact of fish farms on wild fish, she said. Those gaps include a lack of knowledge about the risk of disease, as well as the impact of the drugs used to treat those diseases. Canada also lacks an impact threshold to determine when to shut down or limit fish farming, she added.Canada also lacks standards for the nets used to contain farmed salmon in the ocean — a particular problem in the Atlantic, where heavy storms often batter salmon farms and destroy nets.In 2015, 40,000 salmon escaped from farms in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Better standards are in place in British Columbia, where fewer escapes have occurred, the report says.In response to Gelfand’s report, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the government is “committed to ensuring all of her recommendations are acted upon and acted upon quickly.”The government is “wide open” to discussing with the provinces a change in management structure, he added — one that would make clear that the federal government’s primary responsibility is to ensure “there’s no harmful interaction” between salmon farms and wild fish populations.Gelfand’s spring reports also look at Canada’s commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, both of which, she warns, could become the latest international environment agreements Canada signs but does little to actually implement.She cited a lack of government leadership to address the targets in those agreements, saying there is no way to properly assess how effectively government policies can contribute to meeting those goals.The agenda for sustainable development is an international agreement for countries to work towards sustainable environmental, economic and social development, including gender equality, eliminating poverty, climate action and industrial innovation.Canada committed to the 2030 agenda in 2015 and recommitted to it last year, but the audit says the government hasn’t yet put in place the fundamental requirements to do more than pay it lip service.“The federal government committed to implementing the 2030 agenda three years ago, but again, it is not ready to respect its international commitment,” Gelfand said. “When will it be ready?”The audit report looked at the period between September 2015 and November 2017. The federal budget tabled in February promised nearly $50 million between now and 2030 to create a specific government unit to oversee the agenda, as well as to fund monitoring and reporting by Statistics Canada, Gelfand acknowledged.The statistics agency also expects this spring to have a data portal ready to report on the Canadian indicators around the UN 2030 agenda. That could address one of Gelfand’s concerns that there are too many departments assigned as co-leads on the agenda, leaving no one to take full ownership of or leadership on the file.“In my opinion, it is difficult to move forward with 10 hands on the wheel,” she says.Gelfand’s third audit this spring looked at another unmet Canadian UN environment commitment, this one the UN Convention on Biological Diversity — a legally binding treaty acknowledging that a global decline in biodiversity is one of the “most serious issues facing humanity.”Canada has had a biodiversity strategy under the convention since 1995; in 2002, signatories committed to reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. New targets were set for 2020 after that original deadline went wanting.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the government remains committed to meeting its target of conserving 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas and 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland water by 2020.“After 10 years of inaction by the previous government, we’re all in,” she said, adding that the Liberal government made “a historic investment in biodiversities” in the last budget.However, Gelfand found Environment Canada isn’t taking the necessary steps to hit the 2020 targets, focusing its efforts on international meetings and creating national committees rather than analyzing whether its actions will do anything to help. There is also no comprehensive monitoring or reporting on whether there is any progress to meeting the 2020 targets.
OTTAWA – Federal agencies expect to refuse to process an estimated 275 Access to Information requests from Canadians annually — less than one per cent of the total received — under proposed new powers to reject overly broad or vexatious applications, internal number-crunching suggests.A federal spokesman acknowledges the Treasury Board Secretariat analysis — based on the experiences of provinces with such provisions — reveals that “only a very small percentage of requests” are turned down.Transparency advocates wonder why the Liberal government is even bothering to usher in the new refusal powers in a federal bill currently before the Senate.“The problem with the Access to Information system isn’t the requesters. It’s the responders — in other words, government,” said Sean Holman, an associate professor of journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary.The Access to Information Act, which took effect in 1983, allows applicants who pay $5 to ask for federal documents, but it has been widely denounced as slow and antiquated.The federal bill — one of the few attempts to revise the law — would require applicants to state the type of record being sought, the subject matter and the time-frame in which the documents were created.The legislation would give agencies the power, with permission from the information commissioner, to decline to act on requests considered overly broad, vexatious, made in bad faith or otherwise an abuse of the process.The Canadian Press used the access law to obtain the Treasury Board’s statistical projections, which draw on figures in the various provinces that have “decline to act” provisions in their laws.Officials multiplied a mean provincial refusal figure of 0.30 per cent by the total number of federal requests in 2016-17, concluding 275 would be declined.“The work confirmed that, in the provinces that have an authority to do so, only a very small percentage of requests are declined as being frivolous or vexatious,” said Treasury Board spokesman Martin Potvin.The “extremely low rate” of frivolous and vexatious access requests at the provincial level shows the refusal power should be stripped from the federal bill, said Duff Conacher, co-founder of the group Democracy Watch and an adjunct professor of law and politics at the University of Ottawa.If the authority “is not taken away then the information commissioner must be given the power to fine officials who try to abuse this power,” he added.Requesters have to go through a maze-like process to get sometimes even the most basic information from government, said Holman, who is writing a history of the Access to Information Act.“Yet I don’t see government proposing any measures to actually deal with that problem. Where’s the punishment for officials who are overly broad in their use of the Act’s loopholes, censoring information that shouldn’t be censored?” he asked.“Where’s the punishment for officials who are vexatious when Canadians exercise their supposed right to information?”Information commissioner Caroline Maynard told a House of Commons committee this week her office plans to assemble a special team that could quickly tell agencies whether they have permission to refuse to act on requests or not.Maynard will also look at practices in the provinces with such provisions to help develop her own tests and tools for making the decisions.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
EDMONTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is steering clear of recent criticism over delays into the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.Trudeau said Saturday that it’s essential to have an inquiry to help put an end to what he calls an “ongoing national tragedy.”But he said in Edmonton Saturday that the government is trusting the inquiry’s commissioners to accomplish that goal.The chief commissioner responded Friday to criticisms about delays in the inquiry.Marion Buller says some “tremendous work” has already been done but blames poor communications for that information not getting to the public.She said part of the reason for the delays is that commissioners are taking a different path than previous courtroom style inquiries.She said they’re taking an indigenous approach that will do no further harm to the victims and their families, something that can’t be rolled out quickly.
MONTREAL – A Quebec TV network is reporting that convicted murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta will be getting married this month.TVA Nouvelles says the man who killed and dismembered Chinese student Jun Lin in 2012 will wed a male inmate from New Brunswick on June 26 at the penitentiary in Port-Cartier, on Quebec’s North Shore.Magnotta, who will turn 35 in July, is serving his life sentence at the maximum-security institution after being convicted in December 2014 of first-degree murder in Lin’s slaying.Magnotta was also found guilty of the four other charges he faced: criminally harassing then-prime minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; mailing obscene and indecent material; committing an indignity to a body; and publishing obscene materials.In June 2015, it was revealed that Magnotta was looking for a “prince charming” on a matchmaking website for prisoners.His profile was posted on Canadian Inmates Connect Inc., a website that tries to hook up lonesome convicts — some behind bars for violent offences like first-degree murder — with potential companions on the outside.“Seeking single white male, 28-38 years of age, white and in shape,” read a blurb the website’s founder said at the time was written by Magnotta.“One who is loyal, preferably educated, financially and emotionally stable for a long-term committed relationship. If you think you could be my prince charming, send me a detailed letter with at least 2 photos.”The ad was removed at Magnotta’s request in July 2015 after the site’s creator said she received a letter saying he had found what he “was looking for.”
The police officer as well as two of the four pedestrians injured in the violent attacks in Edmonton on Saturday night have been released from hospital, according to tweets by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.The tweets identified the injured officer as Const. Mike Chernyk.I’m also glad that two people hurt last night have been released, and I wish the other two still in hospital a speedy recovery. #yegstrong— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) October 1, 2017Police say terrorism charges are pending against a suspect arrested after the attacks that saw the police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down by a truck.Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht did not release the 30-year-old suspect’s name, but said that five charges of attempted murder are also expected to be filed.RCMP assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand says the suspect has been on the radar of authorities since 2015 when a complaint was filed suggesting he may have been radicalized.Degrand says the suspect is a Somali national who was in the process of making a refugee claim in Canada.The chaos began outside the Edmonton Eskimos football game Saturday night when police say a car rammed a traffic barricade and an officer was stabbed.A few hours later, police chased a U-Haul cube van through the city and four pedestrians were injured.It ended when the van rolled near a downtown hotel and the suspect was arrested.Earlier on Sunday, police said they think the suspect acted alone. But police chief Rod Knecht stressed that the investigation is in its early stages and authorities haven’t ruled out others might have been involved.An Islamic State militants flag was seized as evidence, he said.The injured police officer was taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. Four people were injured by the van, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that he was deeply concerned and outraged at what he called a “terrorist attack.”“Our thoughts are with those injured, their family and friends, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” Trudeau said in a statement, in which he also thanked first responders and law enforcement.“While the investigation continues, early reports indicate that this is another example of the hate that we must remain ever vigilant against.“We cannot – and will not – let violent extremism take root in our communities. We know that Canada’s strength comes from our diversity, and we will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us or promote fear.”Statement from Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on the terror attack in Edmonton #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/Dd06vAexdH— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 1, 2017Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says at this time, the National Terrorism Threat Level for Canada remains at ‘medium’ where it has stood since the fall of 2014.Edmonton’s mayor Don Iveson said the violent attacks were the work of a “lone wolf.”“To the best of our knowledge, this was a lone wolf attack,” he said as he urged calm. “It is vital now that we not succumb to hatred, that we not be intimidated by violence and that we respond with the loving strength of this whole community … We will not be divided.“Terrorism is about creating panic and about sowing divide and about disrupting people’s lives. We can succumb to that or we can rise above it.”It all began Saturday night outside the Edmonton Eskimos CFL football game at Commonwealth Stadium where it was military appreciation night.Canada’s chief of defence staff, Gen. Jonathan Vance, conducted the pregame coin flip and two CF-18 fighter jets did a fly-past before kickoff. More than 800 Boy Scouts were expected at the game and many were planning to camp out on the field afterward.While the Eskimos were battling the Winnipeg Blue Bombers inside the stadium, outside a white Chevy Malibu approached a traffic control post at a high speed.Edmonton police released grainy footage of a car ramming a crowd control barricade with a uniformed officer standing beside it. The footage shows the officer being tossed about five metres into the air as the car slams into the front of a parked police cruiser.The video shows two people walking by with their dogs rushing towards the officer on the ground but they run off when the driver gets out of the car, runs over and appears to starts stabbing the officer.The police officer appears to wrestle with the driver on the ground and, at one point, it appears the officer is on top of the driver. Footage shows them both getting to their feet and the driver runs across the street while the officer slowly follows behind him into traffic.Police launched a manhunt for the suspect.Knecht said an Islamic State flag was found in the front seat of the car and was seized as evidence.A few hours later, while fans filed out of the game and were re-routed around the crime scene, a U-Haul cube van was stopped at a checkstop north of downtown.When the driver was asked for his licence, Knecht said the name on the identification was close to that of the registered owner of white Malibu.When confronted, Knecht said the U-Haul sped off toward downtown with police cars in pursuit.The van intentionally swerved at pedestrians in crosswalks, Knecht said.“It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related,” Knecht said. “These incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism.”The name of the suspect was not released. Knecht said he was known to police, but there was no warning for the attack.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called the attacks horrific.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also reacted on Twitter.Austin Elgie, manager of The Pint bar just west of the downtown core, saw the van zoom by with police giving chase.The van “peeled” into an alley where people were smoking, he said.“There were like 10 cop cars following him … It was crazy. It just came around the corner, ripping. I thought at first he was pulling over for the cops coming by, but he was clearly the one they were chasing.”Elgie said the van hit a man who was a bar customer.“I have a registered nurse on my bar team and I grabbed her and had her look after the guy until the ambulance came.“He was breathing and we got him in the ambulance and he was still breathing.”The chase came to an end outside the Matrix Hotel, only a few blocks from the bar, when the van rolled on its side.Natalie Pon tweeted that she was at a wedding at the hotel when the crash happened.“They’re keeping us away from windrows/the lobby,” she said.Pon posted pictures of the U-Haul on its side with a large hole in the windshield.Witnesses told local media they saw the suspect being pulled from the vehicle through the broken windshield and then placed in handcuffs.
MONTREAL – A pro-gun lobby that was criticized for planning a rally at a memorial site for the 14 women killed at Ecole polytechnique has a new location for the event: a sugar shack.The group says Saturday’s protest will be held in the Portneuf area near Quebec City.Originally, it wanted to stage the event at Montreal’s Place du 6 decembre.That idea was quickly and roundly blasted earlier this week by politicians of all stripes, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante.Guy Morin, president of the pro-gun lobby, repeated Thursday his group did not realize the plan would generate such widespread denunciation.Saturday’s protest will be held four days before the 28th anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.It is not clear how many people belong to the pro-gun group, which is called Tous contre un registre quebecois des armes a feu (All Against a Quebec Gun Registry).
TORONTO – Toronto police say they will provide an update on the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur this morning.McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of five men.Police say they’ve recovered the dismembered remains of six individuals from large planters at a Toronto home where McArthur rented storage space and worked as a landscaper.McArthur was charged last month with the death of 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, and the presumed death of 44-year-old Selim Esen, both of whom went missing from Toronto’s gay village in 2017.Police laid three more first-degree murder charges against McArthur about two weeks later, related to the disappearances of Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and the death of Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44, who had never been reported missing.McArthur remains in custody in a Toronto jail.
TORONTO – The fiancee of former Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman has made a legal request to see all evidence related to allegations that she harassed and cyberbullied the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson.Melinda Karlsson filed an application for a peace bond against Monika Caryk in May, claiming Hoffman’s partner had posted over 1,000 “negative and derogatory” comments about her on social media.“(Caryk) uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career,’” Melinda Karlsson said in a sworn statement at the time of her application, which contained allegations that have not been proven in court.“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead.”The Karlssons were subjected to several trolling posts on Erik’s Instagram account after their first child was stillborn in March.Caryk has denied she had anything to do with the posts, as has Hoffman.On Tuesday, Caryk filed an application in a Toronto court requesting that Melinda Karlsson turn over “any and all information and knowledge that is in any way relevant” to the allegations.Melinda Karlsson has said she has information that “forms the basis” of her allegations, but has refused to share that information with Caryk, the application claims.“(Caryk) believes that she is being framed for cyberbullying by one or more anonymous third parties,” the application said. “(She) seeks to clear her name from these false accusations.”Hoffman was traded last month to the San Jose Sharks, who then immediately flipped him to the Florida Panthers.“Trading Mike Hoffman was something that we needed to do … Our dressing room was broken,” Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said at the time of the deal, adding that he had heard a rumour about the alleged cyberbullying around the end of the season.“No rooms in the NHL are perfect… but this wasn’t an indictment on Mike Hoffman. This was just the direction that we needed to go.”
BEIJING — China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released.A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had called in Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Lawyers representing Quebec smokers and provincial governments are pushing back against an Ontario court ruling that suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies.The companies — JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. — were granted protection from their creditors last month after they lost an appeal in Quebec.That province’s highest court upheld a landmark judgment ordering the companies to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against the companies and won in 2015, with the court ordering the companies to pay more than $15 billion to smokers who either fell ill or were addicted.Lawyers for the council say they will ask the Ontario court today to revoke creditor protection for the companies if they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.They say they will also ask the court to prevent the companies from transferring their profits abroad.Provincial governments have also sued tobacco companies in an effort to recover health-care costs associated with smoking, and those lawsuits have been suspended under the creditor protection order.JTI-Macdonald has said it was forced to seek creditor protection to safeguard 500 Canadian jobs and continue its business with minimal disruption while it prepares to defend itself against the appeal court ruling.The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — Some of Alberta’s NDP members say the party has changed the province for the better and believe it will be an effective Opposition.On Tuesday, Albertans elected Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party to a majority government after taking back many of the breakthrough NDP wins in the 2015 election.Outgoing premier Rachel Notley said she would stay on as NDP leader.An advisor who helped run the NDP’s campaign said Notley and the party changed the shape of Alberta politics after their surprise rise to power four years ago.“It ended a 44-year dynastic political climate that you have in Alberta,” said Sally Hausser.“Even this election showed — obviously not the result we would have liked to have seen — but it’s very much that the NDP is here to stay, which is very much a positive.”Hausser said the NDP was able to raise more money, bring out more volunteers, place more election signs and grow the party.“Going forward, you will see the NDP continue to fight for exactly the same things they were fighting beforehand.”Hausser listed economic diversification, climate leadership, reduction in child poverty and a strong education system as some of the improvements by Notley’s government.“One thing that’s been clear in the campaign and during her time in government — she’s a fighter and that’s always a fun thing to have in opposition,” said Hausser.Other NDP members who were re-elected Tuesday said they will also continue to fight for the Alberta they believe in.“Many Albertans gave us a very strong direction that they want us to fight for things that Rachel ran for in her platform,” said Sarah Hoffman, the NDP’s former health minister, who held onto her Edmonton seat.“I have a feeling it will be one of the most effective oppositions we’ve ever seen in Alberta’s history,” she said.Former education minister David Eggen, who has served as a legislature member in Edmonton off and on since 2004, said he’s proud of the NDP’s record.“It’s difficult during an economic downturn for any government. But we chose to continue to build — build schools, build infrastructure and build the social infrastructure that we need to reflect a modern society here in Alberta,” he said.“I am very, very proud of what we’ve achieved.”Eggen said the NDP will now hold the government to account.“The UCP must know that to govern responsibly, they have to represent and reflect what we are and who we are as Albertans in 2019,” Eggen told reporters after Notley’s concession speech.“I will hold that expectation to them every day.”Eggen said he continues to support Notley as leader of the party.“Notley is the best thing that’s hit leadership and governance in this province for 100 years, quite frankly,” he said. “I’ve never worked with anyone so competent and with such vision and leadership.”Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press
BANFF, Alta. — The bodies have been recovered of three renowned mountain climbers who were believed to have been caught in a large avalanche in Banff National Park last week.Efforts to find the men — American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer — had been hampered by poor weather and dangerous conditions.But on Sunday afternoon, Parks Canada said in a statement that all three had been found dead.Failed to fetchThe men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway and were reported overdue on Wednesday.Parks Canada’s mountain safety team responded by helicopter and saw signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment, but a further search was put on hold until conditions improved. A visitor safety specialist with the agency said last week that the slide was believed to be a Size 3 avalanche, which is big enough to bury a car or destroy a small building.Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said last week that Lama, 28, and Auer, 35, had “shaped the international climbing and alpinist scene in recent years with many achievements.”The Canadian Press
Patrick Fabian was among the stars who attended the “More Than a Cone” art auction and campaign launch benefiting Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 21, where renowned artists re-imagined the “cone of shame” to raise awareness for animals in need.Patrick Fabian attends More Than A Cone Art AuctionCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty ImagesBest Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of America’s shelter pets.Other stars included Natasha Leggero, Judy Greer, Sarah Burns, Mageina Tovah, Kaitlin Doubleday and more.
Yesterday, recognizing #GivingTuesday, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry announced that he is supporting the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.Curry has committed to “Gift a Net” in honor of each of his teammates, sending life-saving bednets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to celebrate the power of giving. Following the so-called Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday retail milestones that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is intended to inspire people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they celebrate and help create a better world.“#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world,” said Curry. “I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 net makes all the difference.”Just last month Curry announced he’s again leading his Three for Three Challenge by donating three life-saving nets to Nothing But Nets for every three-pointer he makes in the 2014-15 season. The Warriors also announced it will match Curry’s Challenge up to $5,000. During his first two seasons running the Challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 nets to protect thousands of families from malaria.“We are so fortune to have Stephen as a Champion,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “It’s because of Stephen and thousands of other supporters that we’ve played a critical role in reducing the rate of childhood malaria deaths by almost half in the last ten years.”Anyone can Gift a Net in honor of their friends and loved ones through the Nothing But Nets campaign. It costs $10 to provide a life-saving net to protect a family from malaria – so they can celebrate many more holidays together. In return, Nothing But Nets will send a personalized holiday card to your loved ones, letting them know you chose to Gift a Net in their honor.The Gift a Net campaign was inspired by Nothing But Nets Champions like Lynda and Katherine Commale, the incredible mother-daughter duo from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. In 2006, they started their own fundraising campaign through their church to raise funds for Nothing But Nets, including selling holiday gift certificates to send nets to families in Africa. Together they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the campaign.Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, and kills a child every 60 seconds. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 7.5 million nets since 2006.