Punjab minister warns of ‘water emergency’

“If water is not used judiciously and saved optimally, then water emergency is written on the wall in the times to come,” Power and Irrigation minister Rana Gurjeet Singh said while talking to reporters at the residence of Harjit Singh Parmar here last night. Phagwara: If crop diversification was not undertaken at the earliest and … [Read more…]

Major railway stations in Punjab without escalators

A new advertisement policy to increase income of municipal councils, by 40-50 crore, working in the bigger cities is being formulated The Ferozepur railway division of Northern Railways has failed to make its railway stations conducive for the physically challenged and elderly. Only Amritsar railway station of the division has two escalators, only one of … [Read more…]

FedEx closing all retail office stores in Canada

Shipping giant FedEx has quietly moved to close retail office stores in all Canadian cities putting more than 214 people out of work and ending three decades of doing business in the country. FedEx will continue to ship within Canada, but its copy and office supply stores will close Aug. 18. “We reached the decision to exit … [Read more…]

Brampton’s LAB B’s incubator to support startups

The co-working space will help connect teams to resources in the community Harpreet Zingh, co-founder of Lab-B, a creative economy incubator facility on Queen Street East in downtown Brampton. The co-working space recently announced it has launched an incubator for early stage startups. LAB B, a co-working space in Brampton, has launched its first incubator … [Read more…]

Ottawa reportedly set to pay millions to Omar Khadr

The Canadian government will apologize and give millions to former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prisoner Omar Khadr, according to multiple reports. Khadr — who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. army medic when he was 15, under interrogation that was later deemed “oppressive” — will receive a settlement of more than $10 million, according to unnamed sources who spoke to … [Read more…]

Ontario proposes banning real estate agents from representing both seller and buyer

Consumers have raised concerns that the financial incentives in double-ended deals might lead to agents engaging in unethical behavior, officials say. Ontario is proposing banning the practice of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. The province’s Liberal government announced a 16-point housing plan … [Read more…]

Ontario court rules homeowners are not obligated to pay park maintenance fees

This ruling means many associations will lack the power to enforce payments, Bob Aaron writes. Collecting homeowner fees to maintain private roads and other shared services just became more difficult in Ontario. A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a divisional court decision that said a financial obligation registered in 1891 on … [Read more…]

Government of Canada announces Palbinder Kaur Shergill judicial appointment in the province of British Columbia

OTTAWA, June 23, 2017 – The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence … [Read more…]

University of Toronto gets ready for first-ever Black graduation ceremony

Event planned by students for grads from all programs on three campuses follows in footsteps of Harvard and other U.S. schools. essica Kirk, left, and Nasma Ahmed are organizing the University of Toronto’s first-ever Black graduation ceremony Thursday, and expected to include 100 graduates from the three campuses in downtown Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga.   (RENE … [Read more…]

Cottage market remains hot, says Royal LePage

Buyers have limited choices so prices are climbing, says vacation property report. This $6 million Lake Rousseau cottage features seven bedrooms, a three-slip boathouse with two bedrooms, a bathroom and deck and three-car garage. Muskoka prices are rising due to low inventory, the area’s close proximity to the city and the influx of buyers spending … [Read more…]

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey’s mid-term review: some good, more bad

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey is halfway through her four-year term. The Star provides a subjective analysis of her performance so far. Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey continues to show little leadership on the $28-million lawsuit filed by a developer against the city.  (RICK MADONIK /TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)  Saving a city, especially a large one, is no … [Read more…]

Brampton residents, councillors demand police probe into secret $1.25M staff fund

Details of secretive fund revealed in a report delivered to Brampton’s audit committee last week.   rampton councillor John Sprovieri is demanding a police investigation after a report last week about a secret bonus program in which $1.25 million in payments were handed to non-union staff, without the knowledge of council.   (DAVID COOPER / TORONTO … [Read more…]

1 in 2 Canadians will get cancer: Cancer Society

1 in 4 will die of disease, organization said in annual cancer statistics report Lung cancer continues to be among the most common malignancies. The Canadian Cancer Society predicts 21,100 Canadians will die from it this year. (American Cancer Society/Getty Images)   Almost one in every two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in … [Read more…]

Tim Hortons franchisees launch $500M class-action suit against parent company

Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion, the company says. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters   he parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position and Restaurant Brands International CEO Daniel Schwartz will take over his responsibilities. … [Read more…]

Tim Hortons president changing job, Restaurant Brands CEO assumes responsibility

Elias Dias Sese stepped down as Tim Hortons president on Monday and took on the role of president of international expansion, the company says. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)   The parent company of Tim Hortons says the brand’s president is moving to a new position and Restaurant Brands International CEO Daniel Schwartz will take over his responsibilities. … [Read more…]

Google adds job openings to its main search engine

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the internet. The results will aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. Google will also show … [Read more…]

NEW Canadians’ love for debt taking us into uncharted territory, PBO report warns

Households owed $174 for every $100 in disposable income in 1st quarter, Parliamentary Budget Office says Canadian households owed $14.20 in principal-and-interest payments on debt for every $100 in disposable income, in the first quarter of 2017, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office. Canadians are expected to keep piling on more debt, even in the … [Read more…]

Wynne’s shell game not fooling Ontarians

Not everybody is an April Fool. For example the whole lets put Ontario’s excessive Hydro bills on another credit card at a higher interest rate thing didn’t work for Premier Kathleen Wynne and didn’t fool the public. The next batch of opinion polls following that kicking the Hydro can down the road for our kids … [Read more…]

Dutch architect shares his fix for Toronto housing

When architect Marco VanderMaas needs inspiration for solutions to Toronto’s housing crunch, he thinks about his own childhood in the Netherlands, where he grew up in a unit on top of his parent’s store. What Toronto needs, he said on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, is more housing like that: homes that you “don’t really notice” because … [Read more…]

Toronto auditor general finds city workers spending tens of thousands on orthotics, physio

Councillors back request for insurer to provide more information about employee benefit claims     Toronto’s auditor general wants more city oversight after finding some employees were spending thousands of dollars on massages, physiotherapy and in one case, dozens of pairs of orthotics. Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler says many of those cases, dating back to … [Read more…]

Brampton councillors worried departures of senior staff could affect lawsuit Three managers who sat on bidding panel among 25 released in shakeup of Brampton bureaucracy

Some Brampton councillors are concerned the recent departure of three top bureaucrats might harm the city’s position in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit it’s facing over a controversial $500-million development deal. The lawsuit, launched against the city by local developer Inzola Group, alleges misconduct by senior city staff involved in the 2011 deal. The three departed senior … [Read more…]

Brampton torpedos electoral reform proposal

Brampton city Councillors said they won’t adopt voting changes Queen’s Park has introduced to help level the playing field in local democracy. Council has taken a firm position to not support ranked ballot voting, which the provincial government announced earlier this year as an option for municipal elections. “I don’t support ranked balloting. I don’t … [Read more…]

Peel police chief letter states Orangeville mayor’s use of credit card not criminal

A letter from the Peel Regional Police Service chief puts the cap on questions about the Orangeville mayor’s use of the town’s credit card. Orangeville council suspended Mayor Jeremy Williams’ access to the town’s corporate credit card on March 21 and was asked to step down from his position as chair of the Orangeville Police … [Read more…]

Brampton councillors worried departures of senior staff could affect lawsuit

Three managers who sat on bidding panel among 25 released in shakeup of Brampton bureaucracy “solely to achieve” objectives such as improved efficiency.   Some Brampton councillors are concerned the recent departure of three top bureaucrats might harm the city’s position in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit it’s facing over a controversial $500-million development deal. The lawsuit, … [Read more…]

Are robots coming for our jobs? The growth of robotics will transform customer service, transportation, education and medicine

    From self-driving taxis, to drones delivering fast food, it seems like everything is becoming automated. Convenient? Definitely. But at what cost? A new Forrester research report predicts that in just five years, robots will steal six per cent of U.S. jobs, forecasting that “a disruptive tidal wave will begin” by 2021. It predicts the biggest impact will … [Read more…]

‘Our last resort’: Peel Children’s Aid Society workers take to picket lines Monday

Front-line workers and staff with the Peel Children’s Aid Society will take to the picket lines Monday to demand safer working conditions and a solution to what their union calls unfair workloads. Some 435 members of CUPE 4914, who have been without a collective agreement since March 31, began a legal strike against Peel CAS at … [Read more…]

RCMP allows Muslim women Mounties to wear hijab

The Mounties have adopted a new uniform policy to allow female Muslim officers to wear the hijab. Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, confirmed that RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson recently approved an addition to the uniform policy to allow women officers to wear the head scarf “if they so choose.” “The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is … [Read more…]

Teen charged in connection with shooting of Domino’s Pizza employee in Brampton

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of a Domino’s Pizza employee in Brampton Friday night as police continue to search for a second suspect. Peel Regional Police say two suspects were attempting to rob the business at Wexford Road and Hurontario Street around 11.30 p.m., when a 24-year-old man was shot in the chest. The man was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and remains in serious but stable condition, Peel paramedics said. … [Read more…]

1984 Sikh Genocide: Kejriwal terms Union Government SIT a mere show off?

NEW DELHI—Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has termed the appointment of SIT (Special Investigation Team) to probe Sikh genocide of 1984 by the Indian Government as mere a show off.  Expressing his disappointment with the Union Government appointed SIT, Kejriwal wrote a letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi seeking permission for appointing a … [Read more…]

It’s Time India Accept Responsibility for Its 1984 Sikh Genocide

Thirty years later, the government stubbornly refuses to admit its fault in the religious massacre, despite enormous evidence to the contrary. Recommended by 1984 remains one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. In June of that year, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered a military assault on the most significant religious centre for the Sikhs, … [Read more…]

Brampton Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon disappointed Council not supporting motion to freeze residential development, stop employment land conversions

BRAMPTON: At Wednesday’s Brampton City Council meeting, Councillor Dhillon put forward a motion for Council to consider a temporary freeze on converting employment lands to residential development. “I am disappointed that Council keeps telling our residents that building a city where you can live, work, and keep taxes low is not a priority – instead, this … [Read more…]

Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon’s motion to ban door-to-door sales in Brampton passes

BRAMPTON: At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon introduced a motion asking the Province of Ontario to uphold and enforce their ban on door-to-door sales. The motion passed with unanimous support.   Dhillon said: “In addition to being against provincial laws to go door-to-door to sell home services, I’m asking the provincial government to expand their … [Read more…]

Canada lets detained anti-radicalization activist leave for France

TORONTO — A French anti-radicalization activist detained on arrival in Canada as a national security threat has been allowed to return home voluntarily, his supporters said Thursday. Mourad Benchellali flew back to France late Wednesday, two days after Canadian immigration authorities refused to allow the former Guantanamo inmate into the country for a speaking tour. … [Read more…]

Canada’s long-form census is back for 2016

A day after taking office, the Liberal government announced the 61-question long census form will be restored for 2016 census The portrait of Canada is being restored. Just a day after taking office, the Liberal government announced Thursday that the mandatory long-form census — axed by the Conservatives in 2010 — will be reinstated for … [Read more…]

Maryam Monsef Came To Canada As A Refugee. Now, She’s A Cabinet Minister.

Canada’s newest democratic institutions minister is a 30-year-old woman who fled Afghanistan with her widowed mother and two sisters when she was a child. Maryam Monsef is the new MP for the bellwether Ontario riding of Peterborough–Kawartha. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elevated her to his 31-member cabinet — making her the youngest minister … [Read more…]

Navdeep Singh Bains is Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

NAVDEEP Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and MP for Mississauga-Malton (Ontario), played a key role in Trudeau’s leadership bid in 2013. He was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and holds an MBA with a specialization in finance. As a Certified Management Accountant, he has worked … [Read more…]

Amarjeet Sohi vows Alberta will be heard in cabinet Former Edmonton city councillor one of two Albertans named to cabinet

Amarjeet Sohi made a pledge to Albertans on Wednesday, promising their interests will be championed at the cabinet table in Ottawa. The former Edmonton city councillor was sworn in as a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. “I feel really humbled and honoured,” said Sohi, who now takes over … [Read more…]

Canada Has a New Government, and Some Nasty Old Problems

After an election centered on Canada’s economy, that’s the takeaway from HSBC Bank Canada Chief Economist David Watt for Prime Minister-in-waiting Justin Trudeau. The oily tide has gone out, the economist warns, and now the nation’s drivers of growth—or lack thereof—have been laid bare for all to see. “Until Canada overcomes its productivity and competitiveness hurdles, it will … [Read more…]

Crombie and council spurn prejudice in fight over Mississauga mosque: James

Much wisdom was dispensed at Mississauga City Council on Wednesday. Meadowvale residents should heed that counsel rather than let the seeds of resentment germinate and grow into more ugliness. Ten of the 11 councillors stood behind Mayor Bonnie Crombie and her principled, unflinching rejection of ridiculous, incendiary claims made by a citizen who claims a … [Read more…]

‘I don’t think the issue has ever come up’: Public service bureaucrats baffled by Harper’s niqab stance

Stephen Harper’s startling statements that he will consider banning the niqab in the federal public service drew fire from his foes but appeared to mostly baffle bureaucratic insiders. Unions and other political party leaders were quick to condemn the Conservative leader’s remarks. However, it wasn’t clear if there were more than a few, if any, … [Read more…]

Conservatives promise to process, speed up 60,000 caregiver applications for permanent residency

TORONTO — Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday night that, if re-elected, the Conservative government will eliminate the backlog in permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers by processing 60,000 applications in 2015 and 2016. “We will be able to process new applications for permanent residency in months, rather than years,” said Kenney at Mount Zion … [Read more…]

What a Liberal government would look like

With Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper neck and neck entering the home stretch, one question now imposes itself: What kind of government are we likely to get if Trudeau becomes prime minister, assuming the Grits were to wind up in a position to implement most or all of their pledges? We now have, quite handily, … [Read more…]

Ontario education workers to begin province-wide job action on Sept. 10

TORONTO — The union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario announced Friday that it will commence job action on Sept. 10. “Our members’ work is important to student success in our schools,” said the Canadian Union of Public Employees’s Ontario School Boards Coordinating Committee Chair, Terri Preston. “We need all parties to understand how serious … [Read more…]

Brampton North Conservative Association (Parm Gill) is Top 20 richest riding associations based on financial returns

The Canadian Press Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 3:55PM EDT OTTAWA — A riding association with a lot of savings will have a big advantage during what is expected to be an extra-long election campaign this year. Here are the top 20 richest riding associations based on 2014 financial returns filed this month to Elections … [Read more…]

City’s new ethnic media plan rolls out

Brampton Guardian By Peter Criscione A new ethnic media strategy championed by Mayor Linda Jeffrey officially kicked off today. The city issued five versions of the same media release promoting a food festival in Gage Park on Aug. 28. The release, delivered in English, Punjabi, Urdu Portuguese and French, makes good on Jeffrey’s election pledge … [Read more…]

NDP Candidate, Brampton – West

Adaoma Patterson is an experienced local leader who’ll be a strong voice for Brampton West in Parliament alongside Tom Mulcair. A champion for progressive public policy, Adaoma has held key volunteer roles with the United Way of Peel Region, Jamaican Canadian Association, and Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She is also Vice-President of the Horace Patterson … [Read more…]

NDP Candidate, Brampton – North

Martin Singh is a pharmacist and successful businessman with strong values of community service. As our next Member of Parliament, he’s ready to deliver positive results for hardworking families in Brampton North. Martin’s vision starts with a stronger economy—and he comes to that challenge as a proven job creator. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, … [Read more…]

NDP Candidate, Brampton – East

Harbaljit Singh Kahlon is a successful business strategist and community leader. With Tom Mulcair’s NDP, he’s ready to draw on that experience to be an effective voice in Parliament for Brampton East. Since 2009, with an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, Harbaljit has consulted for leading financial institutions on strategic initiatives to … [Read more…]

NDP Candidate, Brampton – Centre

A proven leader in our community, Rosemary is ready to deliver positive change as the Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre. With Tom Mulcair’s NDP team, she’ll work to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper and put the focus back on your priorities. Rosemary has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher and principal, … [Read more…]

Brampton council hears staff let developer off the hook — to the tune of $1.4 million

By: San Grewal Urban Affairs Reporter, Published on Wed Apr 15 2015  Councillor John Sprovieri, seen here in 2013, had some pointed questions Wednesday for city staff about Brampton’s dealings with the developer Dominus. Brampton councillors want to know why staff recommended excusing $1.4 million in penalties that a developer was supposed to pay after … [Read more…]

Wynne zaps us on hydro rates

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s problem is that she’s running out of shells with which to play her shell game on electricity rates. The cumulative effect of a slew of announcements by Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli Thursday — more accurately re-announcements since most weren’t new — is this. Starting Jan. 1, the average yearly hydro bill for … [Read more…]

Wal-Mart, Sears ‘sad’ to see Target go, welcome applications, shoppers

While retailers say Target’s departure a shame, analysts say they’re secretly thrilled to have less competition OurWindsor.Ca By Lisa Wright Walmart Canada is welcoming applications from displaced Target employees after the U.S. retailing giant announced Thursday it will shut down Canadian operations. “We are sorry to see a competitor leave the Canadian marketplace as we … [Read more…]

How ‘arrogance’ led to Target’s pullout

Chain that’s shutting all 133 stores in Canada, leaving 17,600 jobless, misread the market, experts say Target Corp. never understood the Canadian marketplace, according to experts reacting to the announcement on Thursday that the discount retailer will close all 133 of its stores in Canada in the next five months, leaving 17,600 people jobless. “They … [Read more…]

Regulator demands full audit from pipeline company

CALGARY – Canada’s energy regulator has ordered a pipeline company with a recent history of large spills to do an independent audit of its entire network across four provinces. “We’ve worked very closely with this company and what we’re not seeing is full compliance with all of the recommendations,” said National Energy Board spokesman Darin … [Read more…]

Brampton mayor expects the city will have aunte up to for LRT

Brampton Guardian By Roger Belgrave BRAMPTON— After thanking the federal government for gas tax money that has helped enhance the city’s public transit service, Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey made it clear improving the municipal bus system is just one part of the transportation dilemma all levels of government must find the funds to address. “Continued … [Read more…]

Brampton mayor to launch full probe of city hall

Brampton’s newly elected mayor Linda Jeffrey will ask former Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter to review the city’s books and plans to invite the provincial ombudsman, Andre Marin, to investigate the city as soon as Bill 8 gives him the power to do so. “Both individuals have strong credentials and years of experience that will … [Read more…]

Gitu Sandhu Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 9 and 10 brampton 2014

Gitu Sandhu; Position running for: Wards 9 & 10 in Brampton for Peel Public District School Board Priorities: My focus will be on 3E’s: Educational Excellence, Equality & Engagement • Focus on safety within the schools • Bridging the communication gap between families and the schools • Fair share of the funding for publicly funded schools … [Read more…]

Avtaar Soor Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 2 and 6 Brampton 2014

It’s time to Choose Fresh Representation in Wards 2&6 for Peel District School Board Trustee – Choose Avtaar Soor   My Vision Making sure that our kids have healthy lifestyles, schools are free of crime, drugs and bullying to increase our students’ chances of success and encourage active engagement in our educational system. With your … [Read more…]

Sukhminder Singh Hansra Candidate for Councillor Wards 2 and 6 Brampton 2014

Sukhminder Singh Hansra City Councillor Wards 2 & 6 Current occupation: Journalist   Volunteer work/community involvement: Volunteer (28 Years) for World Sikh Organization Volunteer (23 Years) for Metro Punjabi Sports Club Volunteer (30Yrs) Ontario Khalsa Darbar Founding member of Punjabi Press Club of Canada (Since 2002) Founder of BramptonWeCare, Ardglen Fire Victims Fundraiser Canadian Blood … [Read more…]

Dezso Farkas Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 7 and 8 Brampton 2014

Hi My Name is Dezso Farkas I’m Candidate for Peel District School Boards Wards 7 and 8 Brampton 2014 My Occupation is Law and Finance, B.A. Hons., LL.M. Osgoode, Juris Doctor (expected) Osgoode My Work & Community Involvements are:             1. Raising bullying awareness amongst elementary school children. 2. Teaching conflict resolution skills to Grade … [Read more…]

LETTER: The ultimate career politician

Brampton Guardian Is Brampton councillor Bob Callahan the ultimate career politician? He has been a councillor for 33 years and served as an MPP for 10 years. He adeptly changed his profession from lawyer to politician. The state of ethics in politics was made apparent in the recent expense scandal. Councillor Callahan’s lawyers licence and … [Read more…]

School board approves Whistle Blower policy

Brampton Guardian By Roger Belgrave PEEL— The public school board now has a Whistle Blower policy intended to allow employees to sound the alarm on possible wrongdoing without fear of reprisal. The policy protects Peel District School Board employees and volunteers and organizations working with the board as well as anyone else who suspects wrongdoing … [Read more…]

Controversial taxi app steers into Mississauga

Mississauga News By Jacques Gallant MISSISSAUGA — Uber, the smartphone app that allows users to hail a taxi in more than 100 cities, is expanding into Mississauga, just a month ahead of its first court appearance for a number of alleged bylaw infractions in Toronto. The company’s Toronto general manager, Ian Black, told the Toronto … [Read more…]