The International News Weekly CANADA March 30, 2018 | Toronto 04 Ontario plans free child-care for preschoolers The Canadian Parvasi Toronto: Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that full-day licensed child care will become free for preschool children from the age of two-and-a-half until they are eligible to start kindergarten, beginning in 2020. Free preschool child care will save families an estimated $17,000 per child, allow parents to go back to work when they choose and help give children the best start in life. Ontario will invest $2.2 billion over three years in its plan to expand access to affordable child care across the province. Early learning has been demonstrated to improve a child's academic performance throughout their lives. Improved access to child care gives parents, especially women, more choice about when they return to work and will help Ontario close the gender wage gap. The government will create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions and easier access to affordable child care. The Premier remarked, “Not being able to find or afford child care is stressful, it is troubling, and it is holding families back at a time when it’s already hard enough to get ahead. Our plan to make preschool child care free for Ontario children from the age of two-and-a-half until kindergarten will relieve that pressure and make sure kids are learning and growing in a safe environment. We listened to parents, educators and child care providers across the province, and they’ve told us this move is the right one to make. I know how stressful it can be for parents with young children. When my three kids were little, I worried about Snapchat The new way of communicating with friends Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. This revolutionized how messaging was looked upon by all of us. Snapchat is all about taking a snap/ video and then use it in a chat. By default, the text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed – you get to decide how long your friends can view them. One thing users love about that is they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free – they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown audience somewhere out in the future. This better than thinking about pictures posted on Facebook and worry about the misappropriate usage of those. Snapchat is “in the moment” – not so much about taking pictures to look at later in life (though you can do that) but to let people experience them right now and then move on. Snapchat is instant glorification. However, there are ways to save what you share. So, nobody should develop a false sense of security. Snapchat runs on Android phones and tablets and on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In September 2016, Snachat announced its first hardware product, Spectacles, which consist of sunglasses with a built-in video camera. So among which age groups is Snapchat most popular? Its kids…. They just love Snapchat because they love talking to their friends. Snapchat is a spontaneous and creative way to communicate with unique features that are just plain fun—Snapchatters can send images and short videos called “Snaps” that can be drawn on or modified with tools like Filters, Stickers and Lenses. Snapchat is playful and a refreshing change from the world of social media, where you often become the sum of everything you’ve shared and not safe and secure whether they were getting the right start. This investment will make life more affordable for families and allow more parents to make the choice to go back to work, knowing their child is safe and cared for." Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, sait that free child care for preschool aged children is an incredible support for Ontario children and families. This historic commitment will save Ontario families thousands of dollars annually and give parents peace of mind. Ontario is committed to creating a high quality child care system that is accessible and affordable for all families. This major investment will build on the progress we’ve made with a made-in-Ontario solution that supports children and families. It's a historic investment that will benefit Ontario kids for generations." "Making child care free for preschool children will be transformative for Ontario's families; it will help families balance the demands of work, education and family life, and will dramatically improve affordability, especially for children in low and middle income familiesm,” said Dr. Gordon Cleveland,Associate Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Toronto Scarborough. Man gets probation for hitting son with USB chord The Canadian Press WINDSOR : A man who whipped his six-year-old son with a charging chord for eating his toast too slowly has been given a conditional discharge, radio station CKLW reported Wednesday. In sentencing the man from Windsor, Ont., to three years of probation, Ontario court Judge Sharman Bondy said corporal punishment was no answer to loving parenting. The man, who cannot be named to protect his child's identity, had pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for the incident that left the boy with welts on his body. School authorities discovered the welts in December 2015, and the boy's father later admitted to hitting him with a USB charging chord. Bondy cited the first-time offender's remorse, guilty plea and efforts at rehabilitation, which include taking anger management and parenting courses. The upshot, Brown said, was that jail time was not warranted in this case. The boy's mother described the father as having a loving and good relationship with his son. Racial attack on Sikh student in Ottawa Continued from page 01 so this could certainly be a one-off event committed by a couple of guys that were acting stupidly and disgustingly, but that's part of the investigation that's going on," he added. The victim was treated by paramedics for minor injuries. Police are investigating the incident and whether it was a hate-motivated crime. Political leaders of both the democratic and conservative parties in Canada have condemned the attack, adding that the Sikh community in Canada has for "long stood on guard for our freedom and have helped to build our country for well over a century. Shame on those responsible.” Meanwhile, the World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada said it is deeply disturbed by the attack. "We are shocked by the attack on a Sikh in Ottawa last week. We had feared that recent accusations of extremism and radicalism against the Sikh community would lead to a rise in intolerance against Sikhs," WSO President Mukhbir Singh said. The forcible removal of a Sikh's turban is considered the greatest insult a Sikh can be subjected to and is being taken very seriously by the community, Singh added. 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The International News Weekly CANADA March 30, 2018 | Toronto 05 Man paralyzed in mosque shooting says questions remain after guilty plea The Canadian Press QUEBEC : The last time Aymen Derbali saw Alexandre Bissonnette before this week, the Quebec City mosque shooter was pointing a gun at his head. The moments that followed 14 months ago turned Bissonnette into a murderer, and Derbali, who took seven bullets as he stood in the gunman's path, into a hero. Derbali, who is now confined to a wheelchair, was in court Wednesday as a judge accepted Bissonnette’s guilty pleas to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in connection with the attack on Jan. 29, 2017. Derbali, who hadn't attended previous court proceedings, said he felt recognition but no rush of emotion when he saw Bissonnette again. "For me, (I felt) normal," he said in an interview at the rehabilitation centre where he is undergoing therapy. "At first look, I was very convinced it was the same face that I saw (that day) in front of me." Derbali says he's glad Bissonnette decided to plead guilty because he believes it will help the victims to complete their mourning process. But he questions the sincerity of the declaration the shooter read in court, especially Bissonnette's claim he is neither Islamophobic nor a terrorist. "If it's not a terrorist act, it's an Islamophobic one," he said. "He trained with weapons, he planned his gesture, he went to the mosque several times.’’ The shooter's actions, Derbali said, made it clear Bissonnette wanted to kill Muslims, and as many as possible. "Is the fact of having spent a year in prison made him change his mind?" Derbali said. "That, I don't know, and that's between him and God." While the emotions from the shooting are still raw for Quebec City's muslim community, Derbali says he's moving on. His condition is slowly improving, and he's hoping to leave the rehabilitation centre sometime in the summer. Eventually, he and his wife and three children will move into an adapted home purchased for him with the proceeds of an online fundraiser. The financing campaign, launched by Muslim organization DawaNet, surpassed its $400,000 goal in February. While he's moving on from the tragedy, Derbali says he's still not sure what to make of the request Bissonnette made in court for forgiveness.For now, he says he needs more time to think about it. "When I'm convinced that all this, he really regrets it, then I will really be able to (forgive)," he said. "I don't have any resentment." PM Trudeau to exonerate Tsilhqot'in warriors hanged in 1860s Green Party leader, NDP MP arrested at anti-pipeline protest in BC Indo-Asian News Service BURNABY: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and a New Democrat MP were arrested today at a protest against Kinder Morgan's expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline as demonstrations spread across the country. May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart were being processed by RCMP officers inside a tent at the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The two MPs acknowledged they risked arrest after the B.C. Supreme Court placed limits on where demonstrators could protest in an injunction issued last week. A news release from protest organizers said almost 100 people have been taken into custody since demonstrations in Burnaby began. The injunction prohibits activists from getting within five metres of Kinder Morgan's two terminal sites on Burnaby Mountain where work related to the pipeline expansion is underway. The expansion project will triple the capacity of the pipeline to nearly 900,000 barrels from 300,000. Before his arrest, Stewart said he was supporting his constituents in Burnaby South and he was aware he could be taken into custody. "I feel I have no choice at this point but to do this to amplify the deep, deep opposition to this project that is felt by my constituents," he said. "It's a combination of the disastrous potential of this project, but also betrayal around how it was approved that is moving many of my constituents to take the actions that they are." A lawyer for Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, told a judge at hearings on the injunction application that the protesters' goal was to cause so much financial harm through delays that the company would be forced to abandon the $7.4-billion project, which has been approved by the National Energy Board and the federal government. The Canadian Press OTTAWA : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally exonerate six First Nations chiefs who were hanged by British Columbia's colonial government in the mid-1800s. A video posted Wednesday on the Tsilhqot'in National Government's Facebook page shows Chief Joe Alphonse discussing the exoneration, which is anticipated to happen Monday, and the extent to which the event affected his people and their relationship with Canada. The hangings stem from the Chilcotin War of 1864, which involved a confrontation between Tsilhqot'in warriors and a white construction crew building a road through the First Nation's territory that led to 14 labourers being killed. Five chiefs subsequently arrived at what they believed would be peace talks with government representatives, where they were arrested, tried and hanged; a sixth chief was executed the following year in New Westminster. The B.C. government apologized for the hangings in 1993 and installed a commemorative plaque in B.C.'s Interior where the five hangings took place. Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is scheduled to hold a press conference alongside the Tsilhqot'in Nation leadership in Ottawa on Monday following the official exoneration.