An Interview with Sathish Bala

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desiFEST, North America’s leading outdoor South Asian Music concert will celebrate its tenth year and will feature a star studded line up of emerging and established musical artists and performers at Yonge-Dundas Square on May 28, 2016 with 12 hours of non-stop musical entertainment.  The creator of this festival is Sathish Bala who founded this grassroots organization to foster and grow the large South Asian Arts Community in Toronto and across Canada. 

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Whodunit With A Twist – Case #99

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Review By Sharada  K  Eswar *

There is a very thin line that separates ambition and avarice, they say; and that is what the storyline of Sawitri Theatre Group’s Case #99 sets out to investigate and prove. Yogesh Soman’s award-winning Marathi play’s translation by Jasmine Sawant explores the Machiavellian workings of the human mind and the retribution that awaits.

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2016 Ontario Budget

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Inferno in Fort McMurray

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A mandatory evacuation order remains in place in Fort McMurray, Alberta after an out-of-control wildfire broke out Sunday, May 1, afternoon. Over 88,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes. Officials say the fire has consumed over 150,000 hectares and has destroyed at least 1,600 buildings, mostly homes.

Social media has erupted with terrifying images from Fort McMurray, showing the extent of the flames.

Here is the current situation summed up in 19 videos.

Arms Trade Treaty Won't Stop

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Controversial arms deals, says UN disarmament chief

By Mike Blanchfield – The Globe and Mail

The Arms Trade Treaty won’t mean an immediate end to controversial arms deals like Canada’s $15-billion sale of light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, says the United Nations disarmament chief.

Kim Won-soo, the UN’s High Representative on Disarmament Affairs, offered that assessment in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press following his Monday meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.

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In Wake of Panama Papers

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Ottawa Under Pressure to Calculate 'tax gap'

By Daniel Leblanc                         LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO--
the Globe and Mail 

The release of the Panama Papers – a massive leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm specializing in the creation of shell companies in tax havens around the world – has put a
spotlight on the federal government’s refusal to calculate how much money it is losing every year to tax evasion and avoidance.

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More Proof That Game is Rigged

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Panama Papers taunt the masses

By Neil Macdonald - CBC News

Massive data leak is only the latest of many signs that the ultra-rich are playing by different rules

The shills for the people who really run the world have been pulling all-nighters, crafting avowals in the casually arrogant language of the ultra-entitled.

Statements are coming from different countries in different tongues, but the message is similar: Come on, folks, move along, back to work, let's go, show's over.  

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Justice 'uneven' in Cases of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

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By Kathryn Blaze Baum -The Globe and Mail

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told a global audience in New York that racism and sexism in Canada have tainted the way some investigators handle homicide and missing-person cases involving indigenous women.

On stage April 7, at the Women in the World Summit, Dr. Bennett said there is at times an “uneven application of justice” in cases involving indigenous women. “You end up with people who have been told that it was an overdose, or a suicide or an accident,” she said. “The file is empty because it was just an assumption that this death or missing person was inevitable. ... Nobody is making this up. This is real for the families.”

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The Opportunity For A New Liberal Constitution

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By Justin Trudeau
Leader, Liberal Party of Canada & Prime Minister of Canada

Earlier this year, I invited you to imagine building a Liberal movement that is more open, unified, innovative, and engaging than ever before.

I asked us to be courageous in how we move our party and our country forward, and to show once again that the Liberal Party of Canada is not afraid to challenge the status quo – even if it means breaking with some of our own traditions.

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Rising Out of the (Saw)Dust

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

Wood products from this neck of the woods are older than Canada itself. One can hardly picture this country without tall, ruler-straight old-growth trees, logs floating down a river to the sawmill, and so on. Wood is synonymous with our economic development, and remains an important part of Canadian exports. Exporters of all stripes were pummeled by the recession, but few have been hit as hard in the past fifteen years as the wood products industry. Were the losses permanent, or is there hope for a revival anytime soon?

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Our Link to the World

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

Transportation is a critical element in Canada’s economic history. Blessed with a vast land mass, Canada’s opportunity – and massive challenge – has been in great measure defined by the development of transnational transportation systems and the various multi-modal networks that feed them. The development of rail, road and water transportation systems are among our greatest early national achievements. Transportation was important then, is even more so today, and given the state of global trade development, critical to Canada’s economic future.

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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