John Abraham As Rocky Handsome in Hardcore Action Movie

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By A Correspondent

Rocky Handsome is an upcoming film starring Bollywood hunk John Abraham as a hitman trying to rescue a little girl from a dangerous gang.  Primarily shot in Goa, it is produced by Sunir Kheterpal's Azure Entertainment and John Abraham.  It also stars Shruti Haasan and child actor, Diya Chalwad.  Rocky Handsome is directed by Nishikant Kamath (Drishyam) who also plays the villain in the film.  

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Update: March 28: Saroj Khan Live Performance in Toronto

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Ace Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan will be showcasing her choreography skills in a live performance in Toronto.  

The performance, which will take place at the end of a four-day long workshop will be choreographed by Saroj Khan herself and include participants who attend two sessions of the workshop. 

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INDIA: News Briefs

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LeT and JeM spreading terror in India with Pakistan's support, asserts Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on February 25 criticized Pakistan for giving candid support to terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Suhag hit out at Pakistan, saying, "Terrorist groups like LeT and JeM get candid support from across our western borders. Deccan Chronicle , February 26, 2016.

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TCF Medical Clinic in Kolkata

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TCF is a registered Canadian charity working to improve lives of needy both in Toronto and Calcutta, India. The TCF began in 1988 by a group of Canadians.

Our focus both in suburbs of Kolkata and in Toronto is low income women and children. Our activities span three areas: Basic health care clinics and camps in remote villages, Primary and secondary education to needy children, Vocational training for low income women.

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Every Voter Counts Alliance for Proportional Representation

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Diverse groups representing millions of Canadians give big boost to a fair voting system

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The Every Voter Counts Alliance launched February 23 -- showcasing wide, multi-partisan support for proportional representation as the only way to fix what’s wrong with Canada’s broken voting system.

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Canada’s New ETA for Visitors

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By Victor Ing

Beginning on March 15, 2016, foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries who are entering Canada by air will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel to Canada.

Before the introduction of this new travel requirement, foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries such as Italy, Germany, Korea and Japan (to name only a few) could travel to Canada by air without having to apply for authorization in advance.

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Swoony Loonie: More in Store?

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By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Hey, pull the ripcord already! The Canadian dollar is plunging to earth at a faster rate than it ever has. If last year’s descent wasn’t enough, it resumed early in 2016, sinking to lows that were unthinkable just two years ago. Even last year’s low-loonie beneficiaries are alarmed, wondering along with everyone else about their relative wealth and the inflated price of their winter escape. This is no bad dream – it’s a full-fledged free-fall. What’s going on, and when is it likely to end?

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Canadian Exports: Where’s the Momentum?

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By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

In all the turbulence swirling around us, a moment of bliss. Canada’s merchandise exports ended a volatile 2015 with a 3.9 per cent monthly surge that cut the trade deficit by almost two-thirds. The December gift came in spite of widespread fears that Canada’s trade stats would continue to disappoint, treading gingerly into the New Year’s financial market maelstrom. Is it just one of many volatile stats, soon to be erased by a down-month, or is there reason to believe that things are looking up?

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Canadian Labour Policy Landscape

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Canada Restoring Fairness and Balance

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and her Parliamentary Secretary, M.P. Rodger Cuzner, along with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Pablo Rodriguez, on January 28, announced that legislation to repeal Bills C-377 and C-525 has been introduced. If passed, this will help restore balance in workplace relations.

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Seniors’ Poverty Rates Increasing: New Study

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Canadians Approaching Retirement with Totally Inadequate Savings

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With the start of budget hearings, new baseline evidence outlines why government action is needed now

The value of retirement assets of those aged 55 to 64 without an employer pension - representing about half in this age cohort in Canada - is wholly inadequate, with a median value of only $250 for those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 and $21,000 for those with incomes in the $50,000 and $100,000 range, a new study has found.

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Improving Pensions for Canadians

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Governments of Canada and Ontario Announce an Agreement

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance of the Government of Canada, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance for the Government of Ontario, and Mitzie Hunter, Associate Minister of Finance for the Government of Ontario, on February 16, announced they have reached an agreement to work together to achieve their mutual goal of improving pensions for Canadians.

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APRIL 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 9










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