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The International News Weekly REGIONAL April 13, 2018 | Toronto 02 Trudeau heads to Peru, Paris and London on 10-day, double-summit trip The Canadian Press OTTAWA : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is off to South America today for a major foreign tour that will see him attend two international summits over a stretch of 10 days. The trip is seen as an opportunity for Trudeau to turn the page on his widely criticized recent trips to China and India — and to land some new trade partners for Canada. His first stop will be Lima, Peru, where leaders from more than 30 Western Hemisphere countries will gather for the 8th Summit of the Americas. There had been speculation that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico would announce some form of an agreement in principle on a new North American Free Trade Agreement during the summit. But while high-level talks are still expected to take place, U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to skip the gathering has dampened talk of ceremonial surprises. Instead, the meeting is likely to be dominated by the political crisis in Venezuela. While there, Trudeau will also get a rare chance to meet with Latin America's largest trading bloc, Mercosur, which counts powerhouse Brazil as well as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay among its members. Following two days of meetings in Peru, Trudeau will travel to Paris for his first official visit to France and a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. He will also address the French National Assembly and hold several speaking engagements. The prime minister will end his tour in London, where he will meet the Queen and British Prime Minister Theresa May before joining leaders from 52 other nations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where trade will top the agenda. Ontario PC legislator kicked out of caucus over sexual harassment allegations The Canadian Press TORONTO — An Ontario Progressive Conservative legislator has been removed from caucus and disqualified from running for re-election under the Tory banner after facing sexual harassment allegations from a former intern. In a statement issued Monday, the Tories said the decision to oust Michael Harris followed evidence the party received on Friday that included a written complaint from a former intern dating back to 2013. The party said they also obtained a series of text messages "of a sexual nature" between the intern and Harris, which included a request for her to send him photos, an invitation for her to meet with him late at night and a reference to something that may have taken place in his office at Queen's Park. The statement said Harris was asked about the issue and only denied that a formal complaint was ever made. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford declined to comment on the allegations but caucus chair Lisa Thompson said he had been briefed on the issue and had taken "immediate action." "We take allegations very very seriously, zero tolerance — anything less than zero tolerance is unacceptable," Thompson said. Asked why it took several days for the party to remove Harris from caucus — he was sitting with the Tories in the legislature Monday morning — Thompson would only say that she learned of the allegations Monday. Harris could not immediately be reached for comment Monday, but said over the weekend he had chosen not to run in the spring election for medical reasons. "It has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, but I know for the sake of my health, it is the right call," he said in a statement Saturday, adding he would seek a corneal replacement for a progressive eye disease. Hundreds of thousands expected to attend Vaisakhi Parade 2018 Continued from page 02 The day commemorates the birth or establishment of Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, in 1699. In the Lower Mainland, there are two Vaisakhi parades every year – one in Vancouver and the other in Surrey. These are some of the largest Vaisakhi events outside of India, with the Surrey event drawing in crowds of over 300,000 people. The event will feature colourful floats, traditional dancing, food, and music from India’s Punjab region. Ruck wins eighth medal, equals CWG record Continued from page 02 Ruck helped boost that total. After failing last April to qualify for the world championship, Ruck left her home in Arizona — her parents moved there from B.C. when she was young — and relocated to Toronto in May to work with coach Ben Titley. It has been a rapid rise since. Canadian team officials expected a breakout meet from the teen here, noting that coming out of the world junior championships last summer in Indianapolis and a December meet in Sheffield, England, she had four swims in the top eight in the world. Rio hero Penny Oleksiak leaves with three medals and some disappointment. The 17-year-old from Toronto won three relay silvers but failed to make a mark in her individual events. Oleksiak was fourth in the 50 and 100 butterfly, fifth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 200 free. The spotlight has been on Oleksiak since she became the first Canadian to win four medals at a single Summer Games. In Rio, she tied for gold in the 100 freestyle, claimed silver in the 100 butterfly and two bronze in the relays. Oleksiak acknowledged Tuesday that the Rio success has required some adjustments. "I think the last few years were still kind of trying to figure out my life after Rio and sort out what I wanted to do. And this year was like I'm just going to take a year for myself and just kind of sort stuff out. "I mean I wasn't too impressed with my performances at this meet. But that doesn't mean I can't go up from here and that doesn't mean I can't start preparing for the (2020) Olympics." Oleksiak won Olympic gold in the 100 freestyle in a Canadianrecord 52.70. She clocked 53.85 in finishing fifth here. Her Olympic silver medal-winning race in the 100 butterfly produced another Canadian record at 56.46. She was timed in 57.50 here. "It's a lot for anyone to cope with, especially a teenager," Atkinson said of the post-Rio attention. "We know that she is a great talent and we know that there is an adjustment phase to that. I think she swam better as the meet has gone on ... she is a true champion and I think she'll be coming back from this and be really strong in the future." In addition to the relay medal, Canada picked up two more silvers and a bronze Tuesday. Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ont., was runner-up in the 50 backstroke and was part of the silver medallist relay team to add to the two golds she had won previously in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Masse was pipped at the wall by Seebohm, who won by four one-hundredths of a second with a time of 27.781. The outdoor pool was hit by a downpour just as the swimmers walked out. "I think it was actually kind of fun in the ready room," said Masse. "When it started pouring, everyone was like 'Oh my God.' Everyone started laughing. And when I came out I saw my teammates on the side, on the left there, and everyone had their ponchos on and towels over their head but they were still jumping up and down." The games were a success for Masse who came in with a target on her back after winning 100 backstroke at last year's world championship in world-record time. "That's something I have to get used to and I have to learn to work with and take care of myself," she said. "So I'm looking to improve on that in future competitions." Para-swimmers Morgan Bird of Calgary and Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., finished second and third behind Australian Lakeisha Patterson in the women's S8 50-metre freestyle. "To be able to reach the podium for Canada is very surreal for me," said the 24-year-old Bird. "Any chance I get to represent Canada and race alongside my teammate is just very special for me." "It's such a great experience," added the 17-year-old Tripp. "And it's for Canada. It's really special to be on the podium." It was Tripp's first international medal. Following a trials meet in July in Edmonton, the Canadian swimmers head to Japan for a camp in advance of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August. Swimming Canada is using the Pan-Pacs as a rehearsal run for the 2020 Olympics. After the meet, Atkinson spoke for the swim team in expressing its thoughts and prayers for all those affected by the horrific bus crash in Humboldt, Sask.

The International News Weekly REGIONAL April 13, 2018 | Toronto 03 Trudeau looks to turn the page on China, India with major foreign trip The Canadian Parvasi OTTAWA : Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be looking to turn the page on his disastrous trips to China and India — and land some new trade partners for Canada — when he embarks Thursday on a major 10-day foreign tour, including two major international summits with leaders from around the globe. The stakes will be high, starting with Trudeau's first stop in Peru for the 8th Summit of the Americas, which plays host every four years to more than 30 countries across the Western Hemisphere. There had been speculation that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico would announce some form of an agreement in principle on a new North American Free Trade Agreement. But while high-level talks are still expected to take place, the absence of U.S. President Donald Trump — he's staying home, ostensibly to oversee the possible American response to a chemical attack in Syria — has dampened talk of ceremonial surprises. Instead, the meeting is likely to be dominated by the political crisis in Venezuela, where president Nicolas Maduro, who will also not take part, has abandoned all pretence of democratic rule, cracking down on dissent in the face of spiralling economic calamity. Canada has been an outspoken critic of Maduro and will no doubt join the chorus of condemnation in Peru while pushing for a tougher stand against corruption throughout the Americas. Trudeau will also meet with leaders from the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, all of which have free trade deals — and close political relationships — with Canada. He'll also get a rare chance to meet with Latin America's largest trading bloc, Mercosur, which counts powerhouse Brazil as well as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay among its members.With the fate of NAFTA up in the air and efforts afoot to diversify trade away from the U.S., Canada and Mercosur quietly held a first round of free trade talks in March. University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, formerly Trudeau's foreign policy adviser, says advancing trade discussions with Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance would top his to-do list. Indeed, Trump's absence could offer the perfect chance for Trudeau to speak freely with Mercosur leaders and other potential trade partners, said Pablo Heidrich, an expert on Latin America at Carleton University in Ottawa. "He may be able to have a more direct conversation with Latin America," Heidrich said. "That could open more space for Canada to further its negotiations in trade agreements and to try to sell something to other countries or to the same countries that Canada is already interested in." Trudeau, however, can't afford the sort of missteps that plagued him in China and India. Observers will be watching to see how far he goes in opposing Trump's controversial comments on Latin American immigrants, as well as in promoting western democratic values without coming across as arrogant or preachy. "Lecturing is what really brought Trudeau down in China and in India," Heidrich said. "And so I hope the Canadian diplomacy does not go into lecturing, because it is not going to go well." Officials say the prime minister will also likely make Canada's case, both during his visit to Peru and throughout the rest of the trip, for a UN Security Council seat in 2020. Following two days of meetings in Peru, Trudeau will travel to Paris for his first official visit to France. There he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron, address the French National Assembly and hold several speaking engagements. National security adviser at centre of furor over PM's India trip retiring soon The Canadian Press OTTAWA : Justin Trudeau's national security adviser is on the verge of retirement — although insiders insist it has nothing to do with the controversy over his suggestion that factions in India's government sabotaged the prime minister's trip there in February. Daniel Jean notified the government in January — well before the furor erupted — of his intention to retire, said one source familiar with the matter. Another insider echoed the notion that Jean's plan to leave predates the current controversy. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the matter. A spokesman for the Privy Council Office, the bureaucracy that serves the Prime Minister's Office, would not confirm or deny Jean's impending retirement, saying PCO does not talk publicly about personnel matters. Jean did not respond to requests for comment. His intended departure date — and how it may or may not have been impacted by the current controversy — remains unknown. Jean, a veteran diplomat and former deputy minister of foreign affairs, has served as Trudeau's national security adviser since May 2016. He's been at the centre of a political uproar over Trudeau's trouble-plagued trip to India after giving a background briefing to reporters in which he suggested factions in the Indian government were behind the embarrassing revelation that a convicted attempted assassin had been invited to two prime ministerial events. IMMIGRATION TO CANADA WITHIN 6-12 MONTHS WE HAVE CONFIRMED JOB OFFERS FROM CANADIAN EMPLOYERS FOR Footage shows gunman calmly murdering worshippers of Quebec City Mosque The Canadian Press QUEBEC : Footage captured by surveillance cameras during the 2017 shooting at a Quebec City mosque shows Alexandre Bissonnette calmly murdering men lying on the carpet who were already injured by his bullets. The carnage lasts all of two minutes. Bissonnette hides several times behind a column in the prayer room to recharge his weapon before returning to empty his gun into the bodies of worshippers. The Crown prosecutor presented the footage on Wednesday to Superior Court Justice Francois Huot as evidence during sentencing arguments for the gunman. Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty in March to six charges of firstdegree murder and six of attempted murder in the mosque shooting. afpxy pirvfr dIaF KLusLIaF surwiKaq kro Earlier in the day, Huot refused the request made by various media outlets to release the recordings to the public. Releasing the videos, Huot said, would undermine the administration of justice and is not in the public interest. "The public doesn't need to see the images to understand the scale of the crimes committed," he told a Quebec City courtroom. Huot did allow media, however, to describe the content of the videos. Prosecutor Thomas Jacques told the court several times how Bissonnette acted "methodically and strategically" throughout the entire shooting. Several members of Quebec City's Muslim community remained in the room to see the footage, while others preferred to leave. Mosque president Boufeldja Benabdallah said he was relieved by Huot's decision not to release the recordings. 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