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Dinesh Bhatia: Consul General of India In Toronto

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By A Correspondent

Mr Dinesh Bhatia assumed the charge of Consul General of India, Toronto on 9 March 2016. He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1992. He speaks Hindi, English, Spanish, Punjabi and Multani. 

Recently, he called on Premier Kathleen Wynne, discussed her visit to India and its follow up.

He had general discussion with Lt Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.

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Canada’s Navy: Dying from Neglect

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By Jonathan Manthorpe – Asia Pacific Post

One highly desirable result of an isolationist Donald Trump presidency is that it would expose in short order the philosophical, economic, political and moral corruption that has been at the heart of Canadian defence policy since the year dot.

Trump says he wants to jettison those allies who are freeloading on the United States and its taxpayers. By any measure, Canada is the worst freeloader of the whole lot. What is almost worse, successive Canadian governments of all political stripes have been utterly shameless in the eagerness with which they suckle the American taxpayers’ milk.

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Bold Anti-nuke Campaign Will Benefit Canada at UN

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If we want a seat on the UN Security Council, showing leadership in disarmament is a winning strategy

By Paul Dewar – The Toronto Star

If Canada is to win a seat on the UN Security Council, we need a campaign that is bold, global and pertinent. Leading a global effort on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament should be a cornerstone of that campaign, and the upcoming G7 meetings in Japan represent a perfect opportunity to set the table for serious progress on the issue.

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Khalistan Terror Camp in Canada Plotting Attacks in Punjab

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India alerts Canada

By Rohan Dua – The Times of India

Almost six months after the Pathankot terror attack, intelligence agencies have sent an alert to Canada's Justin Trudeau government, saying that pro-Khalistan terrorists are running a camp near Mission city in British Columbia to carry out strikes in Punjab.

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Liberals 'reconnected' with Canadians: Party's New Constitution

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'We have grown into a confident, mature, open movement — united and focused on what matters to Canadians' - Trudeau

By Aaron Wherry - CBC News

Reflecting on last fall's electoral victory, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a hall full of happy partisans in Winnipeg on Saturday that "we're here because we reconnected to Canadians."

In hopes of further expanding their reach, he appealed to delegates to adopt a new party constitution that would eliminate the fee required to join the Liberal Party. And that appeal was resoundingly endorsed.

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'Freedom and respect': Conservatives Strike Marriage Definition

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'It is a fundamental human right and government does not have a place in your bedroom'

By Janyce McGregor - CBC News

Conservative delegates at the party's policy convention in Vancouver have voted to strike the definition of marriage in the party's official policy document.

In a 1,036 - 462 vote, delegates from all provinces except Saskatchewan cast majority votes in favour of no longer defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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Stephen Harper Farewell Opens Conservative Convention

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Breaks long public silence in speech

By Steven Chase – The Globe and Mail

Stephen Harper broke his lengthy public silence Thursday night to bid farewell to the Conservative Party he created and led for more than 11 years, delivering what amounted to a motivational speech for a political organization still adjusting to life on the opposition benches and uncertain on what it might take to unseat Justin Trudeau.

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Why Canada Curbed Visa for Skilled Workers?

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Viewpoint: By  N S Vekataraman *           

Ever since the government of Canada imposed restrictions on temporary work visas for skilled professionals  around two years back, there has been much concern about this policy , particularly amongst Asians  living in India, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka and other countries.

It is reported that the government of India  would take up this issue in a meeting with Canadian authorities shortly.

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Ontario's Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

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Monday, May 30, was a historic day in Ontario. It was a day of truth, reconciliation, and partnership. Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne stood in the provincial legislature and apologized on behalf of the Government of Ontario for the brutalities committed for generations at residential schools. 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to express a personal commitment as Premier -- and the commitment of the government of Ontario -- to being full partners with Indigenous Peoples on our journey towards reconciliation and healing.

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desiFEST Features Star Studded Line Up in Toronto

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A decade of Celebration at
 North America’s leading Free Outdoor South Asian Music Concert

 By A Correspondent

desiFEST, North America’s leading outdoor South Asian music concert, that began its journey ten years ago, was back at Yonge-Dundas Square with a vengeance, this time with an innovative set of emerging and established music artists.  Attracting big name acts, desiFEST presented a host of performers from local, regional, national and international platforms to thousands of people who gathered to participate at the event, tapping their feet to the diverse music and dancing to the varied rhythms.

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APRIL 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 9










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