Kolkata: The decomposed body of a youth identified as Somnath Kundu (39) was found from inside his house on Friday evening. While recovering the body, police also found the deceased youth’s bedridden mother inside the house.On Friday evening, police got information from the owner of a house that a foul smell was coming from the portion of his tenant and no one was responding despite repeated knocks and calls. Police subsequently went to the house in Ramgarh and knocked on the door, but found no response. They then broke the door open and went inside, finding Kundu’s decomposed body lying in a room, while his mother was lying on the bed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a few minutes, police came to know that Kundu had been suffering from jaundice for last 15 days and might have died at least two days ago. As his mother was bedridden and had no mobile phone with her, she could not call for help. Kundu had been residing there for the last 4-5 years with his bedridden mother. Police recovered Kundu’s body and sent it for autopsy examination, while his mother was rushed to M R Bangur Hospital, where she has been admitted. Police are waiting for her to recover so that they can talk with her in order to know exactly what had happened during the last few days.
NEW DELHI: The anger of the people against the Central government over the demolition of the Sant Ravidas temple in Tugalaqabad was visible on the streets on Sunday, claimed the AAP, as thousands of volunteers marched to the BJP headquarters. The protesters demanded that the temple to Sant Ravidas be re-established at the same location.Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said, “The temple of Sant Ravidas ji must be re-established at the same place. The faith of over 40 crore people is linked to this temple. The BJP has deliberately demolished the symbol of the faith of 40 crore Dalits. The community will never forgive the BJP.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which directly reports to the BJP government, demolished the temple on August 10. Since the demolition, protests have erupted not only in India but also in the USA, Austria, Canada etc,” he alleged. Opposing the demolition of the Sant Ravidas temple, the leaders and members of the SC-ST wing of the AAP marched from the Party headquarters to the headquarters of the BJP. The followers of the Sant Ravidas temple in Tugalaqabad also joined the protest. On their way to the BJP office, heavy police forces stopped the march, following which the protesters sat on a dharna on the street and started sloganeering against the Central government. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsGautam said, “If the Central government believes in Sant Ravidas ji, then the temple should be re-established at the same place.” “On August 12, we had written a letter to Prime Minister Modi and demanded that the temple be restored, but there was no response to that letter. This reflects the anti-Dalit mindset of the BJP. DDA works under the direct control of Union Minister Hardeep Puri. The temple of Sant Ravidas Ji was demolished with the consent and permission of Hardeep Puri. Now the BJP has appointed Hardeep Puri as the election in-charge for Delhi. What message is BJP sending by appointing the person who demolished our temple as the in-charge for its Delhi unit? The Dalit community will give a befitting reply to the BJP,”he saidCautioning the Centre about the rising anger of the people, Gautam said, “The Centre should restore the temple and resolve the matter otherwise more people will come on the streets to protest.”
New Delhi: Corporate India announced merger and acquisition deals worth $4.3 billion in July, down by 52.74 per cent compared to the year-ago period amid a subdued global growth and rising geo-political tensions, a report said on Monday. According to Grant Thornton’s monthly M&A Dealtracker, as many as 39 deals worth $4.3 billion were reported in July against 49 transactions worth $9.1 billion in the year-ago period. “Subdued global growth, the continued Brexit-related uncertainty and the rising geopolitical tensions roiling energy prices, affected the overall deal sentiment,” the report noted. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report noted that though M&A values declined more than half as compared to July 2018, the month recorded significant rise in the deal values as compared to the previous month (June 2019), demonstrating a revival in the deal sentiment among the deal makers. “M&A transactions continued to witness a lackluster deal activity on the back of failing to record big ticket deals witnessed during July 2018. In addition, headwinds seen in the financial services space and slowdown in the core sectors have affected the M&A deal space,” said Pankaj Chopda, Director, Grant Thornton India LLP. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostChopda further noted that emphasis of the Budget on the liquidity concerns in the NBFC sector, and constant efforts of streamlining the IBC norm, among others, are likely to boost the M&A deal activity. “Though the Union Budget has laid down a roadmap for growing the economy in a sustained manner with a focus on both urban and rural sectors, the impact on deal activity will depend on the measures and policies by the government to counter the slowdown, implement/ promote growth-focused investment plans and impact of global economic trends,” Chopda said. The start-up sector not only led the pack for M&A both in terms of deal values and volumes, but also recorded the highest monthly values till date driven by Oyo Rooms’ $2 billion stake acquisition. Retail, fin-tech, and gaming segments also remained active during the month. The report further noted that the month of July witnessed deals pushed by IBC in the pharma sector with Dhanuka Laboratories-Orchid Pharma’s $162 million deal and others in the pipeline across the retail sector with Patanjali-Soya Ruchi deal, and the manufacturing sector with Asian Colour-JSW steel deal.
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police has appealed to the people to inform the police control room (PCR) regarding any person spreading rumours or malicious content, officials said on Tuesday.The police requested the citizens to share information regarding such people by contacting PCR Jammu telephone number 0191-2542001, 2542000, 2560401, 2544581 and helpline numbers 2560244 and 100. The citizens may otherwise contact the nearby police station or police post where the personnel have been instructed to act promptly without any delay against such elements, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA case has been registered in the Akhnoor Police station, and the rumour monger has been arrested, they said. Similarly, a case has been registered at Rajouri against two persons for spreading a malicious message on Facebook. A 40-year-old man was arrested on Monday for allegedly spreading rumours that created panic among people here, a senior police officer had said. He was arrested based on an investigation into the widespread rumours in the city on Sunday which led to “panic buying and heavy rush outside fuel stations”, Senior Superintendent of Police of Jammu Tejinder Singh told reporters here. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayLow-speed Internet services in Jammu region, which were made operational on Saturday, were snapped again on Sunday after it was found that rumours were being circulated. Meanwhile, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, was stopped at Jammu Airport on Tuesday afternoon and sent back to Delhi. “Ghulam Nabi Azad left for Jammu today at 1.30 pm by flight No. UK – 812 Vistara Airlines. After deboarding at Jammu airport, Ghulam Nabi Azad was detained at the behest of the current administration from 2.55 pm. Now he’s been sent back to Delhi from there. He was not allowed to go home or attend the meeting at Jammu Pradesh Congress Committee Headquarters either,” an aide of the Congress leader said. Upping the ante against the Central government over the abrogation of Article 370, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday announced that it would hold a protest in Delhi on August 22 against the government’s decision. The DMK said that the rally would be held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
NEW DELHI: The rising Yamuna has swallowed standing crops worth an estimated Rs 40 lakh of at least 200 small and marginal farmers on the outskirts of Delhi and forced them to flee the flood plains to take shelter in temporary camps set up on higher grounds. But they say they are helpless and unable to bear the loss of their crops (mainly vegetables), the only source of income for many of these poor farmers.In Yamuna Khadar area, close to the flood plains, women sell vegetables they grow in the now-inundated fields to earn their livelihood. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderChandrawati, 50, says she has to take care of her five young daughters. She was forced to move out of her residence on Monday night and take shelter in a temporary camp set up by the government as the expected rise in the water level threatens her home. “We have been growing vegetables in Yamuna Khadar area for decades. My husband used to do this. After his death in 2004, I have been doing farming with my five daughters. We are now struggling to stay afloat,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe farmers, who have no control over the flow of the river in spate, say they are now clueless what to do or how to deal with the situation they are in now for apparently no fault of theirs. Hemanti, 50, said she too left her home last night and has been putting up at a road near the Old Yamuna Bridge. “We were informed by the authorities about the rising water level (Tuesday afternoon). We lost around Rs 25,000 and no one is talking about it. It was our only source of income,” she said. More than 10,000 people have been moved out of the low-lying areas since Monday before the river breached the danger mark and entered the Nigambodh cremation ground. “There are about 200 farmers dependent only on farming (near the flood plains). They have lost their standing crops due to the rise in water level. Farmers have lost crops worth Rs 40 lakh,” said Devender Kashyap, pradhan of Yamuna Khadar area.
Darjeeling: Tour operators and transporters have threatened to boycott the world famous sunrise spot Tiger Hill as a mark of protest against the new traffic system implemented by the Darjeeling Police from September 1.The Darjeeling police has restricted the number of vehicles to 300 daily to Tiger Hill from September 1. Coupons are issued the previous day from the traffic police office in Darjeeling town. Vehicles without valid coupons are not allowed to Tiger Hill. The system has evoked much criticism from the travel and transport stakeholders. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Thursday, a team representing the travel and tourism industries of this region met Tourism Minister Goutam Deb in Siliguri and handed him a memorandum appealing for a roll back. Following the meeting, the representatives talking to mediapersons threatened to call for a boycott of Tiger Hill. “As the response from the Tourism Minister was not very positive, we feel that we are not left with other options than to call for a boycott of Tiger Hill. We will appeal to all taxi and tour operators to boycott. However we request the Tourism Minister to review this system that has been forcefully imposed without consulting the stakeholders,” stated SN Pradhan, president, Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that the stakeholders had reviewed the ground situation prevalent at Tiger Hill. “The Forest department is coming up with five new parking spots where more than 1000 vehicles can be parked. These parking spots will become operational by September 15. Along with this we will be visiting Tiger Hill with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials and engineers on Sunday to survey an abandoned road in Tiger Hill. This road will be repaired. Vehicles will ply on this road to the tower, drop passengers and come down the existing way to the parking spots. This way there will be no jams,” claimed Pradhan. “Tiger Hill is not a restricted route like Nathula. Instead of imposition they should talk to stakeholders and come up with a proper system. Otherwise the Tourism Minister should stop promoting Darjeeling,” stated Pradeep Lama, Spokesperson of the West Bengal Tourism Forum. A meeting of the police, district administration, GTA and stakeholders is in the offing. “A meeting will be convened by the District Magistrate soon in Darjeeling with the stakeholders. We hope that an acceptable system emerges from this meeting. I will also apprise the Chief Minister of the developments,” stated Deb.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India is currently working with other financial sector regulators like Sebi, PFRDA and IRDA to develop an interest rate market where mutual funds, pension and insurance funds could participate in securities lending to deepen market based finance and develop an alternate to bank finance. “IRDA, SEBI and PFRDA too could help development of interest rate markets. For instance, short selling activity could benefit if a wider pool of securities lenders can be developed. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Insurance and pension funds, mutual funds have significant holdings of Government securities that could be used to lent to short sellers. This would avoid short-squeeze incident we saw a couple of years back, apart from generating income for these entities. “We are working with regulators to develop a securities lending product that could enable these entities to participate in securities lending,” BP Kanungo, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India recently said at FIMMDA meeting in Moscow. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFIMMDA is a representative body of participants in the fixed income market in India. He said the Indian financial sector which mostly has been a bank-based one needs to develop a robust fixed income market to bring in market discipline, to augment bank finance and indeed free up bank finance for uses that cannot access the market directly. Development of the fixed income market has been an important objective of the Reserve Bank, the Government, the SEBI and other regulators these many years. Significant progress has been made, yet a lot remains to be achieved. The Banking regulator is also currently looking at refurbishing some regulations on treatment of cash margins as deposits, payment of interest on such margins, posting of collateral abroad to enable participants to move to global margining standards. “The risk management at market level is pretty robust, with central counterparty settlement, exchange traded products, trade repositories, legal entity identifier. But there is scope of improvement at entity-level as far as financial institutions are concerned, which will be tested with introduction of new accounting standards. Some other aspects of regulation – treatment of cash margins as deposits, payment of interest on such margins, posting of collateral abroad – are all under examination to enable participants to move to global margining standards. Kanungo further said in the next five years the demand for bonds will significantly outstrip the supply. “It is estimated that five years down the line, the demand for bonds will significantly outstrip the supply,” he said.
New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress has a duty to defend secular space, senior leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said the answer to the party’s woes in Hindi heartland does not lie in “majority appeasement” or offering some sort of a “Hindutva Lite” like a “Coke Lite” as such a pursuit will only end up in being “Congress Zero”.He also alleged that for the BJP dispensation and its allies being a Hindu is no different from the team identity loyalty of the “British football hooligan”. In an interview to PTI ahead of the launch of his book ‘The Hindu Way: An Introduction to Hinduism’, Tharoor claimed that what those in power are propagating is not Hinduism in any true sense, but a “grotesque deformation” of a glorious faith, which they have converted into a narrow-minded political tool to serve purely political and electoral gains. Tharoor said, as a cautious optimist he would argue that there are enough like-minded Indians, including among youth, who are committed to resisting recent “chauvinistic trends” and will continue to ensure that a “distorted idea of India” does not prevail. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”As a member of the Congress party, I do believe that the party has a fundamental role — and a duty to take the lead — in defending the secular space in India,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP said. “Those who are suggesting that the answer to the party’s woes in the Hindi heartland is to become more like the BJP in ‘majority- appeasement’ are making a cardinal error: if the voter is presented with a choice between the original article and a pale imitation, he will choose the original every time,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTharoor argued that rather than allowing itself to be intimidated by the BJP’s success, it is far better for the Congress to stand up for what it has always believed in and urge the country to follow its principles. “The loyalist will respect a party that demonstrates the courage of our convictions rather than offering some sort of ‘Hindutva Lite’; like ‘Coke Lite’ and ‘Pepsi Zero’, ‘Hindutva Lite’ will only end up with ‘Congress Zero’,” the 63-year-old leader said. Tharoor’s remarks come following Congress’ washout in the Hindi heartland in the Lok Sabha polls and suggestions by some from both within and outside the party that it needs to counter the BJP narrative of “minority appeasement” and go soft on its secularism refrain. ‘Coke Lite’ and ‘Pepsi Zero’ are sugar-free and no-calorie variants of the original soft drinks. Asserting that ‘secularism’ is a word that is often misunderstood, Tharoor said western dictionaries have defined secularism essentially as the absence of religion and distancing from religion, but in reality, Indian secularism has always meant a profusion of religions. PTI
New Delhi: Opener K L Rahul was on Thursday dropped from India’s Test squad while talented youngster Shubman Gill was rewarded for his stupendous recent form with a call-up for the three-match series against South Africa next month. Rahul’s dropping paves the way for Rohit Sharma to take the opening slot in the side. “We want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests,” Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said after the meeting to pick the squad here. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPacer Umesh Yadav, who was in the squad for the recent West Indies tour, was also dropped. Rohit will captain the Board President’s XI, which will take on the South Africans in a three-day tour match in Vizianagaram from September 26. The 20-year-old Gill’s inclusion was on expected lines after he top-scored for India A in the tour of West Indies and was adjudged man of the series. He became the youngest Indian to score a first-class double hundred during the series. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHis exclusion from the senior team for the Caribbean assignment last month was widely criticised. India’s first Test against South Africa will start in Visakhapatnam on October 2, while the second and third games will be held in Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23) respectively. The Squads: Test Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill. Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.
Six stories in the news for Monday, May 7———NEW BRUNSWICK FLOODING RAISING HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNSWater levels are expected to continue rising in southern New Brunswick over the next few days — and with them, concerns about health and safety. Emergency officials are warning people about potential contamination from sewage systems that have been compromised by flooding. They say people need to be mindful of the health risks posed by sewage contamination, including infections and gastrointestinal illness.———TEST OF MOBILE EMERGENCY SYSTEM BEGINS TODAYMobile devices across Canada will be buzzing a little more than usual this week as emergency management officials test a new national public alert system. Test signals are to be sent to millions of mobile users in Quebec around mid-morning today and across Ontario in mid-afternoon. Cellphones, tablets and other devices will receive the signal in most of the rest of the country on Wednesday. Radio and TV stations will also run the tests.———MOURNERS ATTEND VISITATION FOR TORONTO VAN ATTACK VICTIMHundreds of mourners gathered at a chapel Sunday to sing songs and say prayers in remembrance of one of the 10 people killed in last month’s van attack in north Toronto. Renuka Amarasingha, 45, was an active member of Toronto’s Sri Lankan community and a single mother who leaves behind a seven-year-old son. A eulogy delivered at the visitation described her as an incredibly generous person who lived for her son.———B.C. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO SUFFERED DEPRESSION NOW HELPING OTHERSStudents at three Vancouver high schools are educating their peers about depression after struggling with their own mental health. Ashley Currie, a former youth worker, says she’s trained about 70 students at three high schools in public speaking about depression, suicide and related topics. The long-term plan for the project is to expand training to every high school in the city over the next five years.———FATHER OF DEATH ROW INMATE RONALD SMITH HAD FINAL WISHRonald Smith’s father still had a bedroom and a vintage car waiting for the day his son might come home to Alberta from the Montana prison where he’s been on death row for 35 years. But Nelson Smith will never know if Ronald, who pleaded guilty to two murders, will ever sleep in his old bed or take the mint 1948 Chrysler out for a spin. Smith died last month just weeks after voicing what would be his final wish — to see his son beat the death penalty.———RED TAPE THREATENS GROWING ARCTIC SPACE INDUSTRYYears of federal bureaucratic delay may cost the North millions of dollars in investment in an emerging high-tech industry. A Norwegian company has been waiting since 2016 for Ottawa to grant an operating licence for a satellite ground receiving station in Inuvik, N.W.T. The delay has limited services the company can provide to its increasingly restive clients, and its partner is now considering moving the lucrative business.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Halifax trial for taxi driver Farset Mohammad, who pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a female passenger.— Federal government ministers in Montreal to provide an update on irregular border crossings.— International trade and tourism ministers make infrastructure funding announcement in Trois-Rivieres, Que.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prince Albert II of Monaco discuss environmental issues in Ottawa.— Grand opening of the Panda Passage exhibit at the Calgary Zoo.— GEWEX, the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project, holds its 8th annual Science Conference in Canmore, Alta.— 3,500-year-old bust of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut arrives in Victoria before the Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs exhibition opens to the public.
HALIFAX – Political differences aside, Nova Scotia’s major party leaders can find common ground on a few fronts: They all enjoy political non-fiction, locally tailored suits and the province’s beaches.But sharp differences in taste emerged elsewhere in a survey of the leaders’ cultural, sports and other personal preferences.Tory leader Jamie Baillie said his favourite food was Thai cuisine — “pad thai, glass noodles, you name it.”Both Liberal Stephen McNeil and the NDP’s Gary Burrill kept it simple, however, when it came to their culinary favourites. The premier revealed that McDonald’s is his go-to meal, while Burrill said there’s nothing like a “good old-fashioned” hamburger and fries.Their responses to a survey by The Canadian Press appeared to line up with their political personas, particularly when it came to their TV-viewing habits.McNeil said he relaxes by watching home renovation shows hosted by no-nonsense, budget-conscious contractors like “Holmes on Homes” and “Leave it to Bryan.”Baillie, who has campaigned as a family man, said he watches family comedies like The Simpsons and Modern Family.McNeil and Baillie both said they have Netflix and basic cable. Meanwhile, Burrill has cut the cable cord altogether at home, but said he watches some TV news at the office.Burrill said he prefers the radio to screen entertainment, often turning his dial to hear the baseball play-by-play, especially if it’s a Boston Red Sox game.“Baseball is my sport!” the NDP leader said. “When my family lived in Boston, I used to take my kids to the game a few times a week.”The other two leaders said they are Toronto Blue Jays fans.None of the leaders’ hockey favourites are still playing this year: Baillie and Burrill are Toronto Maple Leafs fans, while McNeil is a Montreal Canadiens man.The candidate’s playlists varied widely — ranging from glam metal to Celtic reels.Baillie showed a penchant for the upbeat chart toppers of the 70s and 80s, including Elton John, Kiss’s first live album and “Love Shack” by the B-52’s.McNeil mixed up his music picks between the soft rock of the Eagles and Johnny Cash’s mournful country twang. He also highlighted the lyrics of “Green Eyes” by Coldplay, saying the verse “You are rock upon which I stand” evokes memories of his mother.“(She) was the rock for me and my 16 brothers and sisters after my father died,” McNeil wrote.Burrill’s musical preferences were also driven by a familial connection. He listed Halifax-based indie folk band Hillsburn as his favourite album and musical act, granting that there may be some nepotism involved, given that two of the group’s members are his children.Burrill also shared his predilection for the fiddle. He said the last album he purchased was by fiddling duo the Bb Sisters, and said there’s “no reel that a good fiddler can drive much better” than Dan R. MacDonald’s rendition of “The Trip to Windsor.”Burrill said his favourite beach spot was the cobble and sand shoreline of Port Maitland “because it’s home.” McNeil said he enjoyed the rocky Hampton Beach in Annapolis County, while Baillie favoured the sands of Dragline Beach on Caribou Island.Baillie finds inspiration in a three-part biography of the late British prime minister Winston Churchill, whereas McNeil prefers the writings of U.S. leaders like the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr. Burrill says his favourite non-fiction read is a biography of Sir John Thompson, the former Nova Scotia premier and Canada’s fourth prime minister.McNeil said his favourite book was also the last book he read — “Tuesdays with Morrie,” a philosophical memoir by Mitch Albom.Baillie chose “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of excess in the Roaring 20s, as his classic of choice. Burrill went with picaresque novel “Phineas Finn” by Anthony Trollope about 19th-century British politics.Of his choice in suits, Baillie says only “I always try to buy local,” while his rivals offer specifics: McNeil shops at Mansour’s in Amherst, Oak Manor Mens Wear in Antigonish and Duggers in Halifax, while Burrill says “Sandy’s in Truro … does a great job.”Nova Scotians head to the polls on May 30.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions wrongly identified the party leader who shops at Sandy’s Fashions for Men in Truro, N.S., and wrongly said Premier Stephen McNeil prefers Netflix to cable.
HALIFAX – The 12-member jury in the trial of Halifax medical student William Sandeson — accused of killing a physics student during a drug deal as part of a plan to alleviate his debt — is expected to return to deliberations on Saturday.Sandeson is charged with the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found.The jury of six men and six women had deliberated for a total of about 11 hours before taking a break on Friday evening.They were scheduled to return to Nova Scotia Supreme Court Saturday at 9:15 a.m. to continue discussions.Justice Josh Arnold gave jurors his final instructions before deliberations began at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Arnold told the jury there are four possible verdicts in the case: Sandeson could be found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or he could be found not guilty.He told jurors their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way.The trial heard Samson went to Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000.Court heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson’s apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m.DNA matching Samson’s was recovered from a bullet, gun, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro, the jury heard.During his instructions Thursday, Arnold read both the Crown and defence theories of what happened.Arnold said the Crown believes Sandeson lured Samson to his apartment as part of a drug deal.“He made a plan to get more money for himself by killing Mr. Samson,” Arnold said Thursday of the Crown’s theory.“Very shortly after Mr. Samson arrived at his apartment, Mr. Sandeson shot him in the back of his head with his gun while Mr. Samson was seated at the kitchen table. He secretly disposed of Mr. Samson’s body to try to conceal what he had done.”The Crown argues Sandeson cleaned up his apartment and sent a text to Samson’s phone to cover up the murder, Arnold said.It argues Sandeson stole the drugs Samson brought to his apartment and put them in his brother’s basement so he could sell them later, he said.Crown lawyer Kim McOnie had argued Sandeson — who was slated to start medical school at Dalhousie within a week of his arrest — was motivated by money, noting he was in debt roughly $70,000.Arnold said the defence’s theory is that Sandeson was a drug dealer, was put into contact with Samson and the two had reached an agreement for Samson to sell Sandeson marijuana.The defence says they initially met on Aug. 13, 2015, but agreed to complete the sale two days later, Arnold said.“Mr. Samson was also a drug dealer and had at that time some drug debts and appeared to be anxious to conclude the sale,” Arnold said of the defence’s theory.“While at Mr. Sandeson’s residence, a violent incident occurred that involved a third party, who left through the north window in (Sandeson’s roommate’s) bedroom.”Arnold said the defence says Sandeson did clean up the apartment following the incident, “and this was the extent of his involvement.”“As a further result of his panicked state, Mr. Sandeson hid drugs at his brother’s apartment and materials associated with his cleanup at his parent’s farm in Truro.”Arnold said the defence position is that the Crown has been unable to prove the elements of the first-degree murder charge.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan said in his closing arguments Monday that Sandeson is not a “criminal mastermind” and that the Crown twisted evidence in the case to fit its theory.Tan asked the jury to acquit Sandeson.Sandeson — who has a slim build and closely cropped hair — has listened intently during his trial, often referring to a computer and jotting down notes.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
MONTREAL – More than 63,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were without electricity early Wednesday after severe thunderstorms ripped through southern Quebec, Montreal and the Laurentian region north of the city.Most of the outages were in the Montreal area affecting more than 42,000 homes and businesses, with another 8,000 blackouts reported in the Laurentians and a further 7,500 in communities south of Montreal.Hydro-Quebec spokesman Mathieu Rouy says the wind gusts were so violent, fallen trees and branches littered the streets, making it difficult for repair crews to get through.In Montreal, the greatest damage appeared to be in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood where pictures posted on social media showed numerous trees snapped in two by the wind and streets littered with branches and debris.A spokesman for the Montreal Fire Safety Authority said about 20 residences on one street in NDG had to be evacuated after snapped branches fell on transformers and homes.Other pictures posted by residents also showed downed trees and wind-blown debris as far north as Lachute, about 85 kilometres north of Montreal.Environment Canada had issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Tuesday morning, saying severe thunderstorms were capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
OTTAWA – Travellers who are prescribed marijuana for medical reasons have fewer hurdles to clear at airport screening points due to a change in policy by the agency responsible for security.The Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority confirmed on Thursday that its airport screeners are no longer calling police when a passenger presents a prescription and is carrying 150 grams or less.“We decided to change that policy because of the exponential growth in the number of passengers travelling legitimately with medical marijuana,” said Mathieu Larocque, a spokesman for CATSA.Previously CATSA screeners would call police when they found marijuana, even if a passenger had a prescription from a doctor.“It added time to the screening process, to wait for the police officer to arrive and to verify documentation and in most cases the documentation was valid,” Larocque said.“We had received some complaints regarding that.”Police officers have been called to check documentation nearly 3,000 times so far this year, Larocque said. In previous years the number of calls was closer to 200.Police will still be called to a screening point if a passenger doesn’t have an official prescription or the amount of marijuana exceeds 150 grams.The primary role of screening officers is to look for security threats to aircraft and not to watch for drugs, Larocque pointed out.“Screening officers do not search for it, if they find it during the course of their search for threats to civil aviation then they ask for documentation.”CATSA changed its guidelines at the beginning of October after consulting law enforcement agencies, airports, airlines and Transport Canada.
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of young lives have suddenly become bargaining chips, the fate of undocumented migrants like Francis Madi now hanging in the balance of high-stakes haggling between two political parties.It could be decided by Christmas.Despite having only once visited her native Venezuela since she was brought to the U.S. 15 years ago by her mother, Madi is among the 800,000 people now facing the prospect of being sent back forever.They are perhaps those most affected by the election of Donald Trump — Madi recalls the feeling of dread when she realized on Nov. 8. 2016, that he was going to win. Later, she saw him announce the cancellation of her status. Now, she’s pinning her hopes on a bipartisan deal.“There’s a lot of fear and anxiety about what’s going to happen,” said Madi, now a college graduate, writer, actress and activist.The date she’s watching is Dec. 22.That’s the day the U.S. federal government will shut down unless the parties agree to a funding bill to keep the government operating. Democrats have made several demands, including something called the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — better known as protection for so-called Dreamers, like Madi.It would guarantee that young people illegally brought to the U.S. by their parents, who have gone to school and have a clean criminal record, would have legal right to remain and work in the U.S.Barack Obama offered those protections in an executive order, but they never made it through Congress as legislation; Trump recently announced the program was being cancelled; now the phase-out is set to begin in the spring.That’s unless the parties reach a deal first.With that race against the clock, Democrats are trying to force the issue now, into a must-pass spending bill, using their crucial votes in the Senate. Senior legislator Nancy Pelosi promised to force the issue: “We will not leave (for the holidays) without a … fix.”It’s easier said than done.The parties are being pulled in opposite directions: a Republican base that either opposes a deal, or at least wants it attached to funding increases for border enforcement, versus progressives demanding a deal without conditions.That was illustrated at a pro-immigrant protest last week.Marchers outside the U.S. Capitol disparaged the idea of accepting tradeoffs like funding for deportation agents, or Trump’s coveted Mexico border wall, deriding it as an intergenerational betrayal.One sign described how such a deal might help young people, but hurt other immigrants: “Don’t use me to dehumanize my family.” Unless they get their straight-up bill, a so-called “Clean Dream Act,” they want Democrats to force a shutdown.Outside the Capitol, they chanted, in a call-and-response that began, “If we don’t get it,” and concluded, “Shut it down.”Trump has signalled a willingness to make a deal.But he has conditions. He wants money for his border wall with Mexico; more funding for immigration enforcement and deportation; a crackdown on so-called chain migration, meaning curbing immigration rights for immigrants’ families, and he wants it all negotiated separately, away from this must-pass funding bill.Immigration advocates say there’s no political reason to cave to Trump.For starters, helping Dreamers is popular. A Fox poll recently said 86 per cent of Americans want them to have work status. Also, one longtime advocate says any delay, or bargaining, could sink this reform.Frank Sharry says that is the goal of anti-immigration hawks, who are currently using two strategies: One is to use negotiations to demand poison pills like deportation funding, the other is to delay until legal permits start expiring.The immigration advocate says he’s seen the pattern repeat itself over the years. Whenever Republican leaders get close to a reform deal, they get pulled away at the last second by the hardline wing of the party.That’s why it’s now or never, Sharry says of the funding bill: “We’re deeply concerned that if we don’t pass it before the holidays, that we’re going to end up with a lot of Dreamers for whom this is their last holidays in America.”But some analysts suggest this fight is, in fact, no guaranteed winner for Democrats.The fivethirtyeight.com site compiled polling data to argue voters might not support Dreamers enough to back a shutdown. While people want to help Dreamers, surveys show the issue is a low priority and, further, most want extra border security in a deal.It couldn’t be a higher priority for Sammy Herrera.The 16-year-old came to Washington to protest. While she was born in the U.S., and is American, she feels personally touched by this issue. She has two friends in New York, in college, studying medicine and psychology, fearing deportation.She wants to work in immigration law someday.“It really sucks,” Herrera said.“It hurts me as well, even though I’m a citizen of this country. I’m still discriminated against, because of these stereotypes (against fellow Latinos), that have been thrown around by our president… It makes me ashamed to be American.”
TORONTO – An Ontario judge has ruled that it’s too early to determine the enforceability of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s policy that consumers who receive a $25 gift card from the company waive their right to that sum in possible future settlement money from a bread price-fixing scheme class-action lawsuit.Ontario Superior Court of Justice Edward M. Morgan dismissed a motion challenging the terms of Loblaw’s gift card plan.The company announced Monday that registrants must agree to a release saying they discharge Loblaw (TSX:L), its parent company George Weston (TSX:WN) and others from relief to the extent of $25 in connection with their involvement in an alleged bread price-fixing arrangement from Jan. 1, 2002 to March 1, 2015.Morgan said in his ruling that he’s not in a position to know what, if any, an eventual settlement will entail, so it’s too soon to declare the release enforceable or not.Loblaw spokesman Kevin Groh says the “ruling puts to rest the nonsensical claim by class-action lawyers that our $25 Loblaw Card is misleading and confusing,” when the company is trying to put money in affected consumers’ hands quickly.The law firm which brought the action in front of the court, Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP, says the ruling is a victory for consumers as Loblaw will not be able to deduct the gift card value from any future settlement pay out “unless it demonstrates that it is fair to consumers as part of an overall resolution of their price-fixing claims.”
Seven stories in the news for Thursday, April 5———PM TRUDEAU HEADS WEST TO TALK ENERGY, CLEAN TECHPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will address a business audience in Quebec City this morning, then fly west to Vancouver for a roundtable discussion on clean technology. Trudeau will appear at a party fundraiser in Vancouver, where he is expected to greeted by a large crowd of protesters opposed to the Trans-Canada pipeline. On Friday, Trudeau will visit an oilsands facility in Alberta owned by Suncor.———FREELAND IN WASHINGTON TODAY TO TALK TRADEForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington today to meet with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer as part of the ongoing efforts to complete a renegotiation of the NAFTA. Freeland and Lighthizer met last month in Washington and the minister said they made good progress. Speaking in Winnipeg yesterday, Freeland with a potential China-U.S. trade war gaining strength, the global trading order that Canada helped create faces its greatest threat since 1945.———ALBERTA INFANT DEAD, 14 PEOPLE ILL IN HOSPITALAuthorities are investigating the death of an infant and the hospitalization of 14 people from a rural home west of Calgary due to what officials say was an influenza-like illness. Cpl. Curtis Peters said Mounties went to a home in Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, to check on a report of a child in medical distress and confirms the four-month old died at the home. Of the 10 children and four young adults rushed to hospital, one young child was in serious condition, while the rest were stable.———FACEBOOK DATA BREACH HITS 620,000 CANADIANSFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made a public apology for his company’s handling of users’ personal information — including more than 620,000 Canadians — as the social media giant faced a growing uproar over the use of personal data. The company estimates 622,161 users in Canada had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica through apps used by themselves or their friends. Facebook says 87 million of its users worldwide were affected.———ALBERTA TO REQUIRE ‘SAFE ZONES’ AT ABORTION CLINICSThe Alberta government will introduce legislation today to establish no-go zones for anti-abortion protesters around clinics that offer the procedure. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says intimidation of patients is on the rise, and it won’t be tolerated. Alberta’s two main abortion clinics are in Edmonton and Calgary, and both have court orders requiring protesters to keep their distance.———DOUG FORD SCRAPS MEDIA BUS FOR CAMPAIGNA busload of reporters won’t be trailing Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford to his campaign stops ahead of the June 7 election. Media buses are a campaign tradition to make it easier for reporters to cover candidates at multiple daily events in different cities. But Spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman says Ford’s campaign events will be broadcast online since most media outlets have shifted to covering events from their office and relying on live feeds.———WIND STORM LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWERHydro repair crews continue working to restore electricity to thousands of homes and businesses affected by a powerful wind storm that raked Ontario and western Quebec on Wednesday. Ontario’s latest utility, Hydro One, said it about 38,000 outages by early Thursday, down from a peak of about 88,000. Environment Canada says some of the strongest wind gusts were along the Lake Erie shoreline, with Port Colborne recording gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will discuss discrimination in the criminal justice system in a Halifax speech.— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer participates in a question-and-answer session in Penticton, B.C.— Statistics Canada will release the Canadian international merchandise trade figures for February.— Court date to be set in the case of former news director Stephan Vogelsang, who is accused of robbing banks.— Yukon government officials will present a briefing on what impacts carbon pricing would have on the territory.— BMO Financial Group will hold its annual meeting in Toronto.— Canada Post will celebrate five of Canada’s best illustrators with a stamp issue.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting set to unveil his plan to compensate Canadians in provinces that will be forced to have a federal carbon tax.Four provinces — Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick — fail to meet the federal threshold, which means the Trudeau government will implement a carbon price on January 1, 2019.Before his announcement in Toronto, Trudeau spoke with Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney about his carbon plan, the ongoing situation with killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the municipal election results in Ontario.Listen to the complete interview below:Audio Playerhttps://toronto.citynews.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/10/2018/10/23/justin-trudeau-interview-full-cormac.macsweeney.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
MONTREAL – Canadians are mourning the loss of 11 lives in Pittsburgh after a gunman opened fire in a synagogue Saturday.First responders and law officials in the Pennsylvania city said over the weekend this massacre was one of the worst scenes they’ve been too, and Sunday more details about the victims emerged. North of the border, Canadians are hurting for the lives lost and are holding vigils in solidarity of the U.S. and Jewish communities rocked by the tragedy.WATCH: Pittsburgh shooting victims identified Montreal Rabbi Reuben Poupko, who is originally from Pittsburgh, says no Jewish community has been left untouched by the shooting that left 11 people dead, calling the tragedy “an outrageous act of evil”.He says a vigil set for Monday night at Montreal’s Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue will be a chance for community members to give each other hope and strength.“Eleven people murdered in a synagogue in an outrageous act of evil,” he said. The suspected gunman, Robert Gregory Bowers, faces dozens of federal and state charges, including hate crimes, and is due in court on Monday.Poupko became emotional as he spoke about 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, a Holocaust survivor who died in the shooting.“To survive the Holocaust and find refuge in a free country and lose your life doing what you’re supposed to do, going to synagogue on a Saturday morning … is not a thing that is easily understood,” he said, his voice breaking.He said his community is comforted by the support of other faith groups and ordinary citizens, who have come together to unanimously denounce the violence. Poupko said Montreal’s synagogues were remaining open and the community would continue to fight acts of hate in the only way they know how.“The best way is to continue to do what we do with greater intensity,” he said, “which is to lead lives of tolerance, to lead lives where we understand that ultimately the power of good is more powerful than evil, where we continue to strengthen the bonds between individuals and communities and hope the light will block out the darkness.”Another demonstration took place in front of Montreal’s Holocaust museum Sunday afternoon.The organization posted on Facebook, saying, “The Montreal Holocaust Museum expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the horrific massacre which took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in solidarity with Jewish communities around the world… When hate is legitimized, when we allow the constant disparaging of minorities through speech, hateful acts follow.”READ MORE: Married couple, brothers among the 11 victims in Pittsburgh synagogue shootingIn Toronto, the local Jewish community shared the message there’s no place for hate in this world Saturday night. People at one of many vigils listened to prayers, shared candles, and mourned each life lost.“I really feel like we have to do something,” Abby Stein told CityNews. “This is something that really affected everyone in the Jewish community.”Abby helped organized a small gathering at Moishe House, a Jewish space connecting young people in the GTA.“It’s extremely devastating and unfortunately expected. That makes it more bad, more sad, and makes me more angry,” Stein said. “Tonight we mourn, tomorrow we resist.”Even with no direct threat in Toronto, police say they’ve increased patrols.“This was an attack on the entire Jewish people and the community here feels it was an attack on the community here and every other Jewish community in the world,” said Steve Shulman, Senior Vice President of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.WATCH: Toronto Jewish community reacts to Pittsburgh shooting Religious leaders say there is no one problem to point a finger at–not even rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump, which critics have called extremely divisive.“Antisemitism has been there before the current president and will be there after the current president. Hate doesn’t need a president… but certainly, words matter and words of leaders everywhere matter.”A rabbi says one of the 11 people killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue grew up in Toronto. A statement from Rabbi Yael Splansky shared on Facebook says 75-year-old Joyce Fienberg grew up in the Holy Blossom Temple community.Splansky says Fienberg was married at the temple, and her confirmation photo is on its wall of honour. Fienberg spent most of her career as a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, studying learning in the classroom and in museums.READ MORE: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victim grew up in TorontoIn Ottawa, mourners will gather in front of the Human Rights Monument late this afternoon for what is being described as a solidarity vigil against antisemitism and white supremacy. The organizers said in a statement that the event will be both an act of mourning and a demonstration against acts of racism and bigotry around the world.In the prairies, a number of cities have vigils planned for the coming days.“The Jewish community suffered an unimaginable tragedy in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the Tree of Life Congregation, as well as the law enforcement and community of Pittsburgh,” said Elaine Goldstine, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, in an emailed statement.She goes on to say that the federation has been in constant communication with the police–reassurance that there is no immediate threat to Winnipeg-area Jews.“The WPS has confirmed that they have bolstered their presence and increased patrolling near the Asper Jewish Community Campus (AJCC) and the other Jewish institutions in the city. Safety and security remains a top priority. We constantly review and renew our safety procedures and are confident in the protocols we have set in place.”READ MORE: Gunman attacks Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 peopleGoldstine says there will be a vigil Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek for those looking to mourn and stand in solidarity with the people of Pittsburgh.“Our community is resilient. In response to hate, we will continue to live our lives as Canadian Jews who proudly contribute to our shared society. We will continue to congregate and engage in communal activities with pride and resolve.”People in Alberta’s two major cities will also be able to attend local vigils and ceremonies. Edmonton’s Jewish Federation posted on Facebook like many other Jewish associations, mourning the victims and reassuring it’s congregation that there is no immediate threat.“I would like to stress that we have not received any indication that there is an increased threat in Canada. That being said, we must continue to remain vigilant and that we follow our existing security protocols. If you see anything suspicious, or anything of concern, we urge you to call 911 and report it immediately to law enforcement,” Saturday’s post from Federation President Steven Shafir reads.Rabbi at Edmonton’s Beth Israel, The Family Shul, Zolly Claman, told CityNews that they too are working on a vigil for Monday night at 6:30 p.m.“We are grateful for a response from Calgary and Canadian law enforcement that has been quick and unambiguous. We also thank local, provincial, and federal government, and leadership in the many ethnic and religious communities throughout the city, for their words of support and solidarity,” reads a joint statement from Adam Silver, CEO, Calgary Jewish Federation and Jared Shore, Chair, Community Relations Committee, Calgary Jewish Federation.“Though thousands of miles away, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters at The Tree of Life Congregation, in both sadness and resolve. Our community will remain strong in the face of such hateful acts.”While there’s no set time for a vigil just yet, Siler did say they are working on finalizing details and will hopefully be able to host mourners in the coming days.Members of Vancouver’s Jewish community are offering their condolences to those affected by the fatal mass shooting in Pittsburgh.Vancouver Rabbi Dan Moskovitz said he was immediately concerned about his close friend, who is a rabbi in Pittsburgh at the synagogue next door to the congregation that was attacked. And here, additional security measures were put in place at Temple Sholom in Vancouver.“As soon as we heard about it, we heightened our security,” he told CityNews‘ radio sister, NEWS 1130. “We doubled our security so we had more of a physical presence on site.”Rabbi Dan Moskovitz says upon hearing the news of the #TreeofLifeSynogogue shooting, there was ‘an immediate sense of fear’. Members of the community are planning to host a memorial service for victims of the shooting tomorrow night. @NEWS1130— Taran Parmar (@Tarankparmar) October 27, 2018He said there was an immediate sense of fear felt by members of his congregation, adding the rise in antisemitic acts in Canada is deeply troubling.“What happened at the Mosque in Quebec, immediately, I thought of that. Once again, people in peaceful prayer being murdered,” he said. “I stand on our pulpit every weekend and I look out and I always think, what would happen if someone were to come in? That’s the world we live in.”READ MORE: Vancouver’s Jewish community stands defiant as it prepares for Sunday vigilHe said the attack could be the result of the rise in political rhetoric and antisemitism in the United States.“When you give voice to the fringes of society and give them the large platform of social media so they can feed off of each other, then on the very fringes of that, people get radicalized, and this can be the result,” he says.Moskovitz says in these times, it’s important to celebrate differences, not let them divide us. Members of the community are planning a vigil for victims of the shooting, which will be held on Sunday evening.-with files from the Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Brynn Vincent was only 13 when she started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Two years later, she was addicted and had run away from home and then she found out she was pregnant.She sought treatment for addiction at a rehab facility then moved into a homeless shelter.“Being in treatment with other women who are cranky and coming off of all types of drugs and alcohol while being pregnant was so hard,” she says. “But I finally decided I need to change, I need to get better — I’m having a baby, obviously I can’t bring a baby into this type of lifestyle.”Now 19 and sober, Vincent is living in her own apartment with her daughter and is finishing her education at the Youville Centre in Ottawa, a charity that provides mental-health treatment and other supports to adolescent mothers and their children.But her daughter is one of 1.4 million children living in poverty in Canada, 29 years after the House of Commons voted to end child poverty by 2000. Campaign 2000, a group formed to hold the government to its promise, is releasing an annual report card on it today.The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator with Campaign 2000, acknowledges the Liberal government has introduced important measures to tackle this problem, including boosting the Canada Child Benefit — a tax-free monthly benefit to help with living and child care costs — two years earlier than planned. The benefit will now increase annually, tied to inflation.But while this benefit does help low-income families, it does not fully address the need for better access to child care as a way to help lift families out of poverty, she said.“A system of cash transfers is not the provision of good child care. It doesn’t build spaces for child care, and right now that is a huge part of the problem,” she said.Vincent credits the work of volunteers and staff at both the shelter and at the Youville Centre for helping her navigate the patchwork of supports for low-income teen single mothers.But her struggles are not over. Her limited income means she regularly has to get help from food banks and other charities.Her income is only about $7,000 a year. Without a provincial child-care subsidy, she could never have dreamed of completing her education, she says. But if the federal government were to adopt universal child care, it would help mothers like her who are struggling to make ends meet while also trying to build more for their futures and those of their children, she says.“That would take a lot of stress on parents living in poverty, it would just be one less thing to have to worry about constantly,” Vincent said. “A lot of working parents in poverty work solely to pay for child care. So if I’m working every day and I’m only making enough money to put my child in daycare so that I can work … in my eyes that’s ridiculous.”Canada now has only enough regulated child care spaces for about 30 per cent of the Canadian kids up to the age of five, Khanna said. Campaign 2000 is calling for Ottawa to send $1 billion a year to the provinces and territories to build more daycare spaces.The Trudeau government recently announced Canada’s first-ever anti-poverty law, which includes a pledge to reduce the number of Canadians living in poverty 50 per cent by the year 2030. No dollar figure is attached to the bill.Campaign 2000 applauds the law but is calling for the Liberals to spend $6 billion on this strategy and to adopt more aggressive targets: it wants to see the 50-per-cent poverty reduction target achieved within five years rather than 12.“We really feel there’s impatience on this for action on this,” Khanna said. “Frankly, aiming to lift only half of those children out of poverty in 12 years is not ambitious enough and we know that collectively we can do much better.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press