Two Persons' Wealth = That of Poorest 30 Per Cent Of Canadians

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"This is not a report about the rich and the poor. It's about the super-rich and the rest of us."

By Nicole Thompson

 The two richest Canadians (David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr.) have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations.

The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians.


10 Ways Vancouver Created a Greener,

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More Efficient Transportation System

By Cat Johnson – Shareable

In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada's British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.  

As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible. These are some notable points mentioned in the video:

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Kathleen Wynne's Shuffled Cabinet Features 40% Women

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7 new ministers join cabinet, while some high-profile ministers retain posts

CBC News

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced a new cabinet that welcomes seven new faces and more women to her inner-circle.

Wynne introduced her new cabinet — 40 per cent of which is made up of women — at a ceremony at Queen's Park on Monday. This is the first cabinet shuffle since the June 2014 election.

Wynne's 30-person cabinet is also the largest Ontario has seen since the 1980s. Frank Miller had a 33-person cabinet in 1985, while David Peterson also had a 30-member cabinet in 1987.

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Ontario Considers the Benefits of Basic Minimum Income

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CBC Current’s Guest Host Piya Chattopadhyay speaks with Guy Standing,
founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and professor of development studies at the University of London, who launched a base wage pilot project in India a few years ago.

Ontario government is preparing to launch a pilot project for a universal basic income later this year. This age-old strategy for tackling poverty has been getting a lot of attention recently, with stagnating economies and the growing automation of labour worldwide.

In Europe, Finland started sending out cheques as part of an experiment just this week. The government will provide 2,000 of its unemployed citizens with a basic income of 560 euros, or about $785 Cdn, every month.

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SUHAAG At 20: Big, Bold and Beautiful!

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By A Correspondent

One of the most iconic shows in Canada turned 20 this year and celebrated with style! The 20th annual Suhaag Show showcased the latest in wedding fashion, decor, make-up and hair, photography and video, cakes and many other services required for a perfect wedding. A popular event in the South Asian community, the show saw record attendance with brides and grooms-to be mingling with over 150 prominent vendors in the GTA.  The event was sponsored by Absolute Wedsite, Dr. Neil Gajjar Dentistry, South Asian Focus newspaper, Weekly Voice, PTC, B4U, and Metroland Media Group.


Cities Of Sickness: Pollution, Dementia And The Modern Condition

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Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study

By Hong Chen, PhD,  Jeffrey C Kwong, MD, Ray Copes, MD, and the team *

Report Summary from The Lancet


Emerging evidence suggests that living near major roads might adversely affect cognition. However, little is known about its relationship with the incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. We aimed to investigate the association between residential proximity to major roadways and the incidence of these three neurological diseases in Ontario, Canada.


The Habit

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A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *

Raman was a naughty boy of thirteen years- perhaps the word ‘naughty’ is mild. He always enjoyed teasing others. Sometimes, he would conceal the belongings of his friends and enjoyed their bewilderment. Even he would not mind victimising any guest who came to their home. His parents would also get annoyed by his mischief, and hardly a day would pass without any scolding that  he received from the parents.


H-1B Visa: How Proposed Changes Can Affect Indians

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By HT Correspondent

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed that the country would follow two simple rules: “Buy American and hire American”. A new bill lobbying for reforms in the H-1B visa programme was tabled in the US today, prompting reports that Trump is preparing to sign an executive order on the issue.

Here are a few key things you should know about the changes proposed to H-1B visas and how it can affect skilled workers from India looking to work in the US:


“Davos” in India: An Idea For A New Town in the Himalayas

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By Manu Balachandran

Davos, a Swiss ski-resort town with a population of just over 11,000 people, is known for hosting the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual gathering of world leaders and global business titans. It also might turn out to be the model for a new town in India.

Nitin Gadkari, India’s road transport minister and an attendee at this year’s WEF, says his visit has inspired an idea for a similar destination in the Himalayas.

“After coming to Davos, I felt why can’t we develop a township like this in that area, where people will come in sub-zero temperatures and which will have hotels and tourism facilities…,” Gadkari, a former head of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), told Indian press in an interview at Davos. “A city like Davos in India would give a big boost to tourism, development, jobs and overall economy, while the number of people traveling to holy places in that region will also increase manifold and also increase the faith in our own culture.”


Universal Basic Income in India

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Scheme should be for all Indians, not just for BPL population, says Guy Standing

Standing said a UBI will be a better anti-poverty programme with minimum leakages compared to the vast range of subsidies currently given by the government.

By Sunny Verma

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme should be introduced for all Indian adults for it to be effective and not only for people who are below the poverty line (BPL), said Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Standing, who had worked on two pilot cash transfer projects in Madhya Pradesh, said such a scheme would be more feasible for India than many developed countries.

The Economic Survey 2016-17 to be presented on January 31, will delve upon the feasiblity of such a scheme in India, even as Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya has argued that India does not have the fiscal resources to implement UBI for all citizens.


11/8: America’s Got President & India’s Got No Cash

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By Priti Gulati Cox – Common Dreams

It was about 8:00 on the morning of November 9 in Mumbai, India. I sat down with the internet to talk with my husband Stan in Kansas, where it was 7:30 pm November 8. Like many other now-shell-shocked Americans, he was watching what we thought would be the finally-final episode of America’s Got President. The look on his face said that even at that early hour, things were whirling into new territory.

Indeed, I found myself time-traveling—in a very “Hindoo” sort of way—when at that moment, my sister brought my attention to a headline on the front page of that morning’s Times of India. It read, “Wonder Fish Chanakya in Chennai Predicts Donald Trump Victory.” The article explained what had happened the previous day: “A fish in Chennai has thrown its weight behind Donald Trump. The event was organized by [a] Chennai-based NGO… Two boats bearing pictures of Trump and Hillary and carrying fish feed were released into the tank. Incredibly, the fish picked Trump’s boat on seven occasions… founder-secretary A J Hariharan said they wanted to capitalize on the curiosity surrounding the presidential race to raise awareness of malaria.”

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