Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training?
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 12:45 am
Halifax cab driver says he unwittingly drove man on crime spree
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
Canadians may belong to al-Qaida’s highly secretive Khorasan faction, intelligence report warns
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 5:51 am
Crews make progress against raging B.C. wildfire
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
Google finds that security questions aren't really secure
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 6:53 am
Comedy review: The Kids in the Hall prove the absurd never gets old
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
Minister Rickford to Make Important Announcement
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:35 am
fMRI of the Amygdala: All In Vein?
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 10:44 am
News 1130: Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for?
Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for? The CRTC has a new way for you to find out.
Article by Martin MacMahon for News 1130
We’ve all complained at one point or another about slow Internet speeds, but now we’ll have a way of actually finding out if providers are as fast as they claim.
Regulators are looking for volunteers as they prepare to monitor and compare the speeds of the top providers.
The CRTC will monitor speeds for 6,200 volunteers to get an idea of how providers are actually performing.
“Other countries around the world have been doing speed audits for years, including the UK and United States. It’s a great way for the CRTC to really have a finger on the pulse of Canada’s Internet,” says Josh Tabish with Internet watchdog OpenMedia.
Posted on 22 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 18-24
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
Polish president concedes defeat to right-wing challenger
Bronislaw Komorowski wishes Andrzej Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician, a 'successful presidency'
The post Polish president concedes defeat to right-wing challenger appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
B.C. Election Campaign Spending Limits Are So High, They're Meaningless
While much of the focus has been on the provision which would give political parties the names of each and every British Columbian who casts a ballot, the government is also proposing to do away with the pre-campaign period and the spending limits that apply to political parties within it.
The pre-campaign period -- unique to B.C. -- is the 60-days that falls before the 28-day campaign. The B.C. Court of Appeal has struck down the government's attempts to limit third-party spending in that 60-day period three times. Evidently, the government got the hint.
The bigger issue isn't what candidates and parties can spend before the campaign, it's what they can spend during it. B.C.'s limits are so high they're pretty well meaningless.
And the government isn't proposing to do anything about that.
In the 2013 B.C. election, a candidate was allowed to spend $73,218 over the pre-campaign period and another $73,218 during the campaign for a total of $146,436. On average, each B.C. riding had 37,370 voters.
In the 2011 federal election, the average spending limit was $88,097 per riding. Average number of voters, 78,758.
Federal limits are adjusted to the number of voters in each riding, with allowances for larger or remote ridings.
Not so in B.C. A candidate running in Stitkine (13,845), the riding with the fewest voters, and a candidate running in Surrey-Cloverdale (52,817), the riding with the most, had exactly the same limit: $146,436.
And both candidates could have spent $12,000 more than a candidate running in Oak Ridges-Markham, Canada's largest riding with 153,972 voters.
There's a top-up for political parties too. And B.C. isn't a slouch in that department either.
In 2013, the pre-campaign spending limit for a party was $1.15 million plus $4.6 million for the campaign itself.
Most jurisdictions tie a party's limit to the number of voters in the ridings where a party is running a candidate. In the 2011 federal election, limits ranged from $62,702 to $21 million.
Not so in B.C. A registered party that ran two candidates could have spent the full $5.715 million that a party running a full slate of 85 candidates was entitled to spend.
Since the limits are so absurdly high, neither the Liberals at $11.7 million nor the NDP at $9.4 million came anywhere close to hitting the overall cap of $18.2 million in 2013.
But they both spent at least $1.1 million more than any political party and all 125 of its candidates did in last year's Quebec election. Quebec has six million voters, nearly double the number in B.C.
The spending limit in the Quebec election was $1.37 per voter (party and candidate all in). In the Ontario election, it was $2.08 per voter. Both provinces adjust limits for northern or remote ridings and the number of candidates a party runs.
If B.C.'s spending limits are out of whack imagine the impact on the other side of the ledger for parties that want to take full advantage of them.
Last year, the B.C. Liberal party raked in $10.4 million, that's nearly $1 million more than the federal NDP raised across Canada and half of what the Conservative Party of Canada brought in.
If the pre-campaign period is done away with, the existing spending limit for the campaign itself will still be in place and it won't be too onerous for a political party to make do on $4.6 million or candidates on $73,218.
Add it all up and a party running a full slate of 87 candidates (two more seats for 2017) will have a limit of roughly $11 million or $3.43 per voter.
That's $2.7 million more than the Quebec Liberals and their 125 candidates spent in the 2014 Quebec election. And the Quebec Liberals -- like their B.C. cousins -- were tops in spending.
So what would the limit be in B.C. if the government adopted the Ontario limit? It would drop from $11 million to $6.65 million. Adopt Quebec's and it drops to $4.4 million.
Would that be such a bad thing?
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Posted on 24 May 2015 | 5:48 am
Students test their knowledge at annual 'Envirothon' in Saint John
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
#239 The one bite with all toppings in it
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 4:01 am
Celebrity overnights for the Caribbean in 2016
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
The top 10 wedding planners in Toronto
Toronto is replete with wedding planners. Want a destination wedding? A Paris-inspired dinner? If you can think of it, there's a planner who has executed it. With this wealth of expertise it can be challenging to select the perfect planner for you. Whether budget is your primary concern or you really want to work with someone who you connect with, this list of experienced professionals is the perfect starting point in your search.
Here are my picks for the top wedding planners in Toronto.
Laura & Co. Events
Laura and her group of planners are known for pulling together some of the most unique weddings in the city. Having been featured in several prominent bridal magazines for both real weddings and styled shoots, the team has excelled at planning visually stunning events. They handle anything from wedding day coordination to full consultation and planning.
Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events
Though she has been planning events for over a decade, Rebecca Chan only founded her own company in 2009. Since then she has quickly risen as a popular and trusted name in the industry producing some of the most admired weddings in the city. Rebecca and her team offer everything from day-of to full service planning and coordination.
Blue Lavender Events
Hailing from a retail marketing background, Iris at Blue Lavender Events made the leap into events after becoming WPIC Certified. Since then, she's been pulling together stunning weddings for many GTA couples. Iris offers month-of, partial or full planning and coordination.
Love By Lynzie
The professionals at Love By Lynzie pride themselves on being both creative and organized. This leads to events that are unique and artistic, but also well coordinated and executed. They handle corporate events, event styling and design, and for weddings offer month-of, signature or full planning packages.
Devoted to You Inc.
Originally a small collection of professionals focused on Chinese weddings exclusively, the group at Devoted to You has now grown to a larger outfit that plans every type of wedding. They also offer practical planning tips and advice from their blog. Devoted to You provides a variety of different packages and levels of service.
Truly Yours Planning
Both a full service wedding planning and an event design firm, the team at Truly Yours Planning provides services in the GTA and for destination weddings. Known for their award winning planning, they work with couples to bring their ideas to life. Services offered range from consultations for specific portions of the event through to full planning.
Referring to themselves as "planners of once-in-a-lifetime awesomeness," the group at Distinct Occasions work to make each event unique and special. Whether in Toronto or anywhere around the world they work with couples to make events happen. Smaller packages are available for day/month-of coordination or pairs can opt for full coordination, most weddings they handle have a budget of $40,000 or more.
Best known for her time on Rich Bride Poor Bride and for planning her own wedding in 30 days, Karina helps couples pull together special occasions while keeping them on budget. From larger scale formal sit downs to intimate gatherings at some of Toronto's top restaurants, she has several years experience in managing all types of weddings but prefers smaller, intimate events. Services begin at $400 for an initial consultation.
Cynthia Martyn Luxury Event Planning + Design
Originally starting in the world of finance, Cynthia Martyn has long been working with couples to style beautiful and romantic weddings in the GTA. The team has worked with some top designers and names in the industry to produce spectacular weddings. Full service planning, design and production services are available.
One Fine Day Event Planning and Design
Melissa Samborski has assembled a collection of talented and experienced planners at One Fine Day who not only coordinate your event, but can handle design as well. Whether local or on an exotic island, the team is there to pull everything together for you for the big day. They tend to focus on full planning services exclusively with budgets of $100,000 or higher.
Melissa Andre Events
Well known for meticulous attention to detail and famous clientele, Melissa Andre Events is a premiere Toronto event agency. Led by founder and creative director Melissa Andre, the team pull together some of Toronto's top weddings and social events. Full service planning or a la carte hours are available.
Specializing in every kind of party, the team at SpectacularSpectacular enjoys handling all of the details required to pull together a true event. That is why the team is only available for full service planning where they will assist you every step of the way. Fees begin at $9500.
What did I miss? Add your suggestions to the comments.
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Posted on 24 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
Bolts wins 'tight-checking' Game 5, take 3-2 series lead
Bolts take 3-2 series lead
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 2:53 am
Lack of maternity benefits could be steering policewomen away from Calgary
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:20 am
Vancouver taps into beer tourism
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 9:52 am
Tribal parks on aboriginal territories
The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of Clayoquot Sound declared their first tribal park in 1984. Now there are four tribal parks in Tla-o-qui-aht territory and the model is being adopted elsewhere.
Saya Masso is Natural Resource Manager for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.
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Posted on 22 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
Historicist: Raiding the Bathhouses
Every weekend, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters—good and bad—that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today. This article originally ran on June 26, 2011. February 5, 1981, 11 p.m. Patrons of four bathhouses in downtown Toronto (The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman Sauna Baths) were […]
Posted on 23 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
First Warm-blooded Fish - 2015/05/23 - Pt. 3
Posted on 22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
Notley must avoid Rae's mistakes
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
Guest Blog from Kim Pollock: Stagnation Without End
Posted on 19 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules
The coroner also ruled that the fact that Jeremiah Duggan had revealed himself to be Jewish while attending a conference of the extreme Larouche organisation may have had a bearing on how he died.
Scotland Yard describes LaRouche's group as a 'political cult with sinister and dangerous connections.'
Posted on 23 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
12 Times Mindy Kaling And B.J. Novak’s “Weird As Hell” Relationship Was Perfect
Posted on 22 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
Authorities detonate suspicious device near U.S. Capitol
Authorities detonate suspicious device near U.S. Capitol
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 5:24 am
62% vote Yes in Irish referendum to legalize gay marriage: ‘That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world’
Posted on 23 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy
Results from a new nationwide survey announced today indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
Suspect in alleged Ponzi scheme was jailed in 2002 for mega-scam
More than a decade ago Salim Damji convinced thousands of Ismaili Muslims to invest in his fake teeth whitening product — a $100-million scam dubbed at the time to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.
Damji blamed the mob for roping him into the scam. The judge didn’t buy it and sentenced him to 6½ years in prison in 2002.
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York Regional Police now allege that the 45-year-old Stouffville resident is the mastermind behind a romance and investment Ponzi scheme in which at least 20 victims lost $1.2 million.
“He would meet women in various bars in the Greater Toronto Area … In the first instance, his pitch was that he lived a lifestyle like Richard Gere in the film Pretty Woman,” said Det. Karim Bardai of York police’s major fraud unit.
“That was the pitch to his women, that he could get them a higher rate of return on their investments and have them live debt-free.”
Damji was arrested in January on one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of fraud over $5,000 public, false pretenses and laundering proceeds of crime.
On Friday, police announced they had arrested three alleged accomplices — Yiaoming Liang, Shafin Damji (Salim’s brother) and Ansari Farhan — on charges that include fraud over $5,000 and laundering proceeds of crime.
York police spokesman Const. Andy Pattenden said these three have been released on bail. Salim Damji remains in custody.
Police ask that any other possible victims come forward. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
The major fraud unit started to focus its investigation in April 2014, according to a news release issued Friday. The unit had become aware of a suspect who had befriended a woman at an Aurora bar, convincing her that “if she invested money with him, he could generate significant short-term returns on those investments,” according to the release, which said the victim gave the suspect $50,000, which was transferred into various accounts.
“It is believed the suspect used portions of funds collected from victims to pay other victims smaller amounts of money to show return on their investments with him,” said the release.
One of Damji’s alleged victims told the Stouffville Sun-Tribune earlier this year that she had given him $67,000 after dating him for more than a year starting in 2013, believing he was an RBC investment banker. She said he was using a different name. (York police allege Damji has used various aliases.)
“That’s my life’s savings,” the woman told the newspaper.
She said even though she didn’t see him after their first encounter, they continued a relationship over the phone. She said she sent him $50,000 — she was caring for a sick relative and needed the money she believed a profitable investment would generate — followed by other payments later.
By the time she realized it was a scam, it was too late. She has yet to get her money back.
“I can’t believe I fell for it, him sweet-talking me into it. I thought I was smarter than that, but I fell for it,” Melissa told the newspaper.
Damji was thrust into the spotlight in 2002 when he was sentenced to prison for bilking thousands of his fellow Ismaili Muslims out of millions of dollars.
“The 32-year-old was touting the deal of a lifetime,” the Star reported at the time. “Invest now in his company, Strategic Trading System, and when his teeth-whitening invention was bought up by Colgate-Palmolive for $400 million, every investor would become a millionaire.”
Ismaili Muslims from across Canada gave him money. Some would thrust $100 bills into his hands as they gathered outside a mosque.
The Crown contended Damji had a serious gambling problem. He was living the high life, which included an $800,000 luxury condominium at Palace Pier at the mouth of the Humber River.
His defence lawyer, Joe Markin, argued it was not Damji’s fault — it was the mob.
“Markin had told the court that unnamed mobsters had forced Damji to carry out the fraud, threatening to kill his family if he didn’t follow their orders,” the Star reported.
“It was a ‘crime of duress,’ ” argued Markin, explaining how Damji was forced to buy nine luxury cars worth $500,000 just to show that he was the brains behind the fraud, while the millions he took from the investors went south, into the hands of organized crime lords in Costa Rica and Jamaica.
The judge dismissed that scenario, saying Damji’s “selfishness and callousness” had devastated many people in his community.
With files from Star staff and Jeremy Grimaldi
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 3:01 am
Details of the upcoming Photos app emerge days before Google I/O
Posted on 25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
Holiday 'Galaxy' Insight --"Why the Cosmos, Why the Quantum, Why Existence"
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
“Iris” A Swan Song for Two
Posted on 24 May 2015 | 5:47 pm