WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF MAR2318 – LINKS BY DGC

first_imgAdvertisement WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF MAR-23-18DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (37 page PDF)OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (3-page PDF) Facebook ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU A FREELANCER?  CREW?  DO YOU WORK BEHIND THE SCENES?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?ADD YOUR COMPANY (OR YOUR SERVICES) TO THE PRODUCTION DIRECTORYRegister & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ebosscanada.[DOWNLOAD-THE-APP] Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

EVERYTHING COMING TO NETFLIX CANADA THIS DECEMBER

first_imgBelow is everything coming to Netflix Canada this December:December 1BattleConnor McGregor: NotoriousCrossroads: One Two JagaGet SmartHellboyLittle WomenMan vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1Mary and The Witch’s FlowerMemories of the Alhambra PriestResident Evil: AfterlifeRock DogUnknownYes ManDecember 3Hero MaskThe Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2December 4Blue Planet II: Season 1December 5American PieAmerican Pie 2American WeddingBruce AlmightyEvan AlmightyWentworth: Season 6December 6Star: Season 3December 75 Star ChristmasDogs of BerlinDumplin’Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of ChristmasMowgli: Legend of the Jungle Nailed It! Holiday!Neo Yokio: Pink ChristmasPine GapReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?Super Monsters and the Wish StarThe American MemeThe Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)The Ranch: Part 6TrollsDecember 11Vir Das: Losing ItDecember 12Back Street Girls: GokudolsOut of Many, One December 13Wanted: Season 3December 14Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “A Midwinter’s Tale”Cuckoo: Season 4Fuller House: Season 4Inside the Real NarcosInside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose MiracleROMASunderland Til I DieThe FixThe Innocent ManThe ProtectorTidelandsTravelers: Season 2Travelers: Season 3Volton: Legendary Defender: Season 8December 15Dolphin TaleSherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsDecember 16PaddingtonSpringsteen on BroadwayDecember 18BakiEllen DeGeneres: RelatableIp Man 3Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5December 213Below: Tales of Arcadia7 Days OutBack With the ExBad SeedsBird BoxDerry GirlsDiableroGreenleaf: Season 3LAST HOPE: Part 2PerfumeSirius the JaegerStruggle: The Life and Lost Art of SzukalskiTales by Light: Season 3The CasketeersWolf (BÖRÜ)December 23RoomDecember 24Hi Score GirlDecember 25Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity WarDecember 26Alexa & Katie: Season 2YouDecember 28Instant HotelLa noche de 12 añosMurder MountainSelection DayWhen Angels SleepYummy MummiesDecember 29Eating AnimalsWatership Down: Limited SeriesLast Call: Titles that will be rotating off Netflix in December 2018December 1Bones: Seasons 1-5Gone GirlHidden FiguresDecember 20Disney’s MoanaDecember 31Bob’s Burgers: Season 1-7New Girl: Season 1-6 Canadians must have been good this year because Christmas is about to come early.And this December, we’re receiving the gift of awesome new releases on Netflix Canada.With its latest list of titles old and new, including an impressive lineup of Netflix Original content, Hollywood blockbusters and holiday titles, it really doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for this month, because chances are, Netflix Canada has it. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War/Netflix Canadacenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Crosscountry walk aims to raise youth shelter funds

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is called “Walk for Nations.”It’s a small team of individuals walking across the country to raise money for a youth shelter and raise awareness about the importance of keeping Aboriginal youth off the streets and away from a life of crime.They’ve now reached the halfway mark.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler caught up with them in Winnipeg.last_img

Atleo urges PM GG to accept treaty meeting invitation to quell protests

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston have been invited to attend a treaty meeting on Jan. 24, the one-year anniversary of the Crown-First Nations gathering.In a letter sent on New Year’s Day to Harper and Johnston, Atleo urges both men to immediately accept the invitation to quell escalating cross-country protests and bring an end to the hunger strikes by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Cross Lake Elder Raymond Robinson.“Immediate acceptance to this urgent invitation will, both respond to the health of Chief Spence and Raymond Robinson and enable those currently demonstrating for such a meeting to return to their communities and to their responsibilities,” wrote Atleo, in the Jan. 1 letter obtained by APTN National News. “We can then support and enable focused dialogue and work led by each First Nation, within every treaty area on matters of greatest importance.”Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11 and Robinson on Dec. 12. The Idle No More, grassroots movement has also been sweeping the country through flash mob round dances, rallies and blockades, and it has generated considerable support in the U.S. and around the world.A number of rail blockades have also been launched over the past few weeks, including two in Ontario, one in British Columbia and an ongoing rail blockade in northeastern Quebec.In the letter, Atleo said First Nations chiefs recently held emergency discussions and that the leadership is “determined to set a course of resolution for our people.”The Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment on whether they were open to participating in the meeting.A spokeswoman for Johnston said they had received the invitation.“A reply will be shared with the Assembly of First Nations in due course,” said Julie Rocheleau, in an email to APTN National News.Atleo did not mention location of the treaty meeting, however, some chiefs have pushed to have it held in Saskatchewan. Last year’s Crown-First Nations gathering was held in Ottawa.There was also no mention in the letter of a planned Jan. 16 day of action, but Atleo wrote that First Nations would be “meeting and assessing their strategies for change needed urgently in the days and weeks ahead.”During the emergency meetings, which were co-chaired by Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, from Ontario, and Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, from Saskatchewan, chiefs discussed setting Jan. 16 as a day of action that could see economic disruptions across the country.The participating chiefs also issued a letter signed by “First Nation leaders of Turtle Island” following their meetings and called on Harper to uphold the “honour of the Crown.”In an interview Thursday, Fox said he was disappointed with Atleo’s letter and said it didn’t reflect the direction the national chief received following a meeting on Monday. Fox said Atleo was asked to include Saskatchewan as the location for the proposed treaty meeting and to mention Jan. 16 as a set day of action.Fox said Atleo was also told by the Spence camp to include a deadline for response in the letter to the prime minister and governor general.“I am very disappointed with the way it was drafted, that is not what was understood on Monday when he was present,” said Fox.Fox said if Harper and Johnston reject the invitation, then the day of action should be moved up to the middle of next week.“It’s (Spence’s) health that is the immediate priority here,” said Fox.APTN National News has obtained minutes from a conference call between Treaty 1 to 11 chiefs on Dec. 28, 2012, which discussed plans to target “main economic and energy corridors, such as power sources, railways and highways.”According to the minutes, “it was agreed that in the short-term, immediate pressure needs to be stepped up because Chief Spence’s health is at risk.”On Wednesday, Spence issued a statement saying First Nations leaders were planning to issue “breach of treaty” declarations and launch “country wide economic disturbances.”The AFN executive also met on Wednesday.“First Nations leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast have collectively raised our voices about the critical situation facing First Nations,” wrote Atleo. “Solutions will not come overnight, but solutions must begin now and they must be done in full respect of the treaty relationship and our inherent responsibilities.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreraThe LetterDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

RCMP charge Brazeau Harb with fraud and breach of trust

first_imgAPTN National NewsSuspended senator Patrick Brazeau has been charged with breach of trust and fraud on allegations he bilked Canadian taxpayers of thousands of dollars in illegal living and travel expense filings.The RCMP charged the Algonquin senator, along with former liberal senator Mac Harb, now retired.“These investigations involved careful consideration and examination of evidence. Investigators interviewed dozens of individuals and witnesses,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud.Brazeau is alleged to have filed over $40,000 in illegal housing expenses, while Harb’s total is well over $200,000.Both men claimed their primary residence was more than 100 km from Ottawa, allowing them to claim travel and housing expenses. Harb repaid his expense money and retired after the allegations surfaced.In Brazeau’s case, he said he was living with his father at the Kitigan Zibi First Nation near Maniwaki, Que., but had to rent a townhouse in Gatineau during the week.A former girlfriend of Brazeau’s said they rarely went to his father’s house during much of the time period in question according to court documents filed by the RCMP during their “detailed” investigation that began in March 2013.That same woman alleges Brazeau assaulted her, physically and sexually last February. It was around that time Prime Minister Stephen Harper booted Brazeau from the Conservative caucus.That case is expected to go to trial Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.An audit also determined Brazeau and Harb filed inappropriate expense claims.Both have denied any wrongdoing.APTN could not reach Brazeau for comment.Michaud said thousands of documents, including financial statements, bank records and expense claims dating back to 2003, were analyzed.Both are expected to appear in court at a later date the RCMP said.The RCMP didn’t mention their investigation into former Conservative senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy but did say: “All cases are unique and the time it takes to complete them is based on many factors. We are continuing our work on other significant files.”NDP ethics critic MP Charlie Angus called the charges a “sobering” day for politics in Canada and raises questions of the “political” judgement of Harper who appointed Brazeau, and Liberal leader MP Justin Trudeau who once said Harb made an honest mistake.“I think Canadians are fed up and Canadians want action,” said Angus who says the Senate needs to be abolished.Canada’s auditor general is currently reviewing the expenses filed by all senators.“Are there more that will be caught up in this net?” said Angus.last_img read more

Manitoba program to target trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls

first_imgAPTN National NewsA coalition of organizations are looking to keep more women safe from exploitation.A new program will focus on preventing the trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls from northern Manitoba to cities in the south.Diana Redsky is with the Canadian Women’s Foundation and she’s one of the founders of the new program.last_img

Inviting indigenous people into economy means 277B economic boost report

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA _ The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board says Canada’s GDP would get an annual boost of $27.7 billion if barriers were removed to ensure Indigenous people can participate in the economy.The group’s latest report, to be released Tuesday, says equal economic opportunity for Indigenous peoples would help Canada address ongoing economic challenges caused by low productivity and demographic pressure from an aging population.It also notes the productivity of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples would match that of their non-Indigenous counterparts if they received the same level of education and training.The report says an additional $8.5 billion in income could be earned every year by the Indigenous workforce if education and training gaps are closed.For example, it suggests B.C. could stand to benefit to the tune of $1.4 billion a year in additional income earned by more than 125,000 workers, while Ontario could bring in an additional $2 billion through more than 169,000 workers.The board says the Indigenous labour force is underutilized, despite the fact the Indigenous population is young and growing fast.Dawn Madahbee Leach, the board’s interim chair, says economic development can also assist in reconciliation efforts.“I can tell you first-hand, when somebody is provided with a job, they are able to provide for their families with regards to basic needs like shelter and food and then they become a role model for their children,” she said.“This report deals … with helping our people to help themselves through employment, through education and training.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

National MMIW Inquiry hearings in Whitehorse hear from families at first public

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsAfter decades of lobbying for a National Inquiry into the disproportional number of Indigenous women who are murdered or go missing, the first public hearing was held Tuesday in Whitehorse.A number of families told about their loved ones, and how they died.They are stories that the commissioners are expected to hear many times again before they wrap up their work.smclean@aptn.calast_img

Statistics Canada says median net worth of families in 2016 up 147

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the median net worth of Canadian families totalled $295,100 in 2016, up 14.7 per cent from 2012 the last time the survey was conducted.Housing was both the largest asset and the largest debt for Canadians.The total value of assets held by Canadians in 2016 was $12 trillion, up from $9.9 trillion in 2012. The median value of total assets owned by families amounted to $440,200, up from $391,700 in 2012.Meanwhile, total debt reached $1.76 trillion in 2016, up from $1.41 trillion in 2012. The median value of total debt owed by families was $80,600 in 2016, up from $63,400 in 2012.The report also found that 29.6 per cent of Canadian families were debt-free in 2016.Statistics Canada says the share was highest among senior-led families with 58.0 per cent debt-free.last_img read more

SNCLavalin reports 781M Q1 profit revenue up on Atkins deal last year

first_imgMONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $78.1 million as its revenue climbed with the acquisition of British engineering firm WS Atkins last year.The company says the profit amounted to 44 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $89.7 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.43 billion, up from $1.85 billion.On an adjusted basis, SNC says it earned $136 million or 77 cents per share, up from $105.1 million or 70 cents per share a year ago.SNC’s adjusted profit from its engineering and construction business amounted to 51 cents per share, up from 40 cents per share a year ago.SNC completed its acquisition of WS Atkins last summer for roughly $3.6 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img

Starbucks Canada closes stores for training on race bias inclusion

first_imgStarbucks closed about 1,100 Canadian locations this afternoon for training on race, bias and inclusion.This @Starbucks on 5 St. and 6 Ave SW is one of about 1,100 locations across Canada closing early for inclusiveness training today. #yyc pic.twitter.com/Pvs7qIVm6e— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) June 11, 2018In a letter to customers, Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway says the training will involve sharing experiences, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in society and talking about how employees can create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong.The training comes after the Seattle-based company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.In his letter, Conway calls the incident “reprehensible” and says the training isn’t just about what happened in Philadelphia, but about humanity and making sure all customers feel safe and welcome.In late May, 8,000 U.S. locations were shut for an afternoon for similar training.last_img read more

Fort St John crosswalks to display walk symbol by default

first_imgThis means that for pedestrians walking along primary roads, the walk signal will be displayed by default when the traffic light turns green, without the need to push the activation button. For pedestrians crossing primary roads, even if the activation button is pressed after the light has turned green, the walk signal will be displayed during that light cycle, provided the minimum green timing is not exceeded. The changes mean that it will be less likely that pedestrians will need to wait for a traffic light to complete a full cycle before the walk signal displays allowing them to cross the road. However, Shopland said that advance left turn signals will also display before the pedestrian signal if they have been activated by the presence of a vehicle in the left turn lane.Shopland also said in his report that a chirper will be added to the crosswalk at the intersection of 100 Ave. and 96 St. He added that with the change to a rest in walk state, the unit will chirp continually, and staff are investigating what will be required to activate this feature only when the button is pushed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Crosswalks in Fort St. John will be getting a bit more pedestrian-friendly in the near future after councillors voted in favour of modifying intersections to display the ‘walk’ symbol by default.Earlier this month, Council voted in favour of a motion by Mayor Lori Ackerman for staff to look at ways of making intersections in Fort St. John more pedestrian-friendly. The Mayor’s motion was made in the wake of recommendations from Urban Systems on how to improve the quality of life in Fort St. John during the winter months.At Monday’s council meeting, Integrated Services General Manager Victor Shopland recommended that staff modify the traffic control signals to allow for non-actuated coordinated and pedestrian recall walk signals on primary streets, as well as pedestrian-activated walk signals on side streets. A pedestrian in Fort St. John misses a green light in Fort St. John. New changes to traffic light operation mean that the walk signal will be displayed by default along primary roads. Photo by Chris Newton. A green traffic light in Fort St. John with the advance left turn signal lit. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

NAPP Enterprises to continue demolition of Condill

first_imgDuring a question period at the end of the meeting, Acting City Manager David Joy explained that the cost to the City of reopening the contract for new bids would likely have seen an additional $500,000 added to the demolition budget. As for the final demolition cost, Joy explained that staff will be negotiating with NAPP on the final cost of the demolition.He said that the City estimates the final cost, including the land purchase last Summer, would be no higher than $2,199,456. Mayor Ackerman explained that estimate was a ceiling and that the final cost could be lower.Ackerman added that the City did not hear from any of the other proponents in the bidding process, and also explained that the cost of the Condill’s demolition will be covered by the 2018 Land Purchases budget in the Capital Budget. Though the City’s Capital Budget is partly covered by money from the Peace River Agreement, property tax revenues are allocated to the City’s Operating Budget, meaning that no residential tax money will be spent on the demolition. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of continuing to have NAPP Enterprises Ltd. as its contractor to demolish the Condill Hotel, with work set to resume as soon as possible.Councillors held a closed-door meeting early Monday afternoon to discuss the legal advice the City had received earlier this month about its tendering process for the demolition. The legal advice was sought after a report from City staff recommended increasing the budget to buy and demolish the hotel from $1.5 million to $2.151 million was put before Council on January 22nd.After discussing the legal advice during today’s closed-door meeting, councillors voted in favour of approving the demolition of the hotel using NAPP at Monday’s regular meeting, though with no exact dollar amount included. Mayor Lori Ackerman stated that the City’s lawyer found that the contract with NAPP was done properly and that the City would have faced a number of financial implications if Council had decided to reopen the contract to new bids.last_img read more

4th after USA Russia China to enter space super league

first_imgNEW DELHI: After shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with its indigenously developed Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) weapon, India is now a reckoning space power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation.On March 27, at 11:16 am, India successfully launched its A-SAT weapon that targetted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting an LEO at a height of 300 km from Earth’s surface. DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor, a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme, was deployed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis ‘technological mission’ was carried out by DRDO from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The team of scientists was able to accomplish the task of locating, destroying and confirming the destruction of said satellite within three minutes. Mission Shakti deserves celebration as this is the first time that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. Rightly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is ‘a proud moment’ for Indians. A-SAT weapons play a crucial role in locating, intercepting and destroying incoming satellite that may threaten national security. However, the sphere of space weapons is contentious. Strict guidelines are enforced under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which India is a signatory. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe treaty strongly prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction in space. However, with its A-SAT weapon, India has been careful to not overstep any points of the treaty. India has also expressed support to the substantive consideration of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on Disarmament, where it has been on agenda since 1982. Clearly, India’s intent is less offensive and more a defensive tool of strengthening national security and propelling the development of greater space technology. Earlier, China’s test in 2007 received widespread criticism from the global community, which iterated that the Dragon’s attempt to launch A-SAT weapons had “serious consequences of engaging in the militarisation of space”.last_img read more

Will bring NRC in West Bengal throw out infiltrators Shah

first_imgAlipurduar: BJP president Amit Shah said Friday his party will replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal on coming to power at the Centre to “throw out” infiltrators. He, however, made it clear that Hindu refugees will not be touched. “We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all inflitrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country,” Shah said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The NRC is a document containing names of all genuine Indian citizens in Assam. It, however, became a hugely contentious issue after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of lakhs of people who have been residing in the state for several decades. The BJP president also said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls are all about restoring democracy in the TMC-ruled West Bengal. “The TMC stands for three Ts -Trinamool, toll and tax. Under the TMC government, syndicates (groups of extortionists) are flourishing in Bengal,” he claimed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Criticising opposition leaders for questioning the government over air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF personnel, Shah said only a strong leadership under Narendra Modi could give a befitting reply to China on Dokalam issue and Pakistan for its terror tactics. “But the opposition leaders are questioning the government (over the air strike). They want to hold talks with Pakistan. In this election, you have two ways – one leads you to Narendra Modi, the other to Thugbandhan (a gang of thugs) of leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav,” Shah said.last_img read more

Bengals sombre tea belt

first_imgThere are about three lakh voters out of nearly five lakh tea workers and their family members residing in more than 276 tea estates in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur in West Bengal. But they are not enthusiastic about casting their vote. A sense of disbelief on the democratic system runs deep in the minds of people whose livelihood comes from the once-thriving Bengal’s distant tea gardens. Even when the tea tribe’s votes are high and political parties are wooing them, in all possible ways, their status remains unchanged. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe idyllic picture-perfect tea gardens with verdant plantations tucked away in state’s northern parts present a picture of neglect, deprivation and poverty. Jupiter Orang, one of the three lakh voters, is unsure if he should vote. “My wife, three children and I live in India, but survive on Bhutan’s water. My wife Nancy walks for miles to enter Bhutan to fetch drinking water. Frankly, we are not bothered who wins or loses as we have little time to think about candidates and governments. We’re too much bothered about our basic minimum daily needs of survival,” says Orang sitting in a room with a tin roof near Bandapani Tea Estate in Jalpaiguri. Also Read – Insider threat managementHe says former tea workers, who were forced to work as daily labourers after the closure of the Bandapani estate due to unrest, look up to Bhutan government to provide them water. Unavailability of drinking water, especially during torrid summer, aggravates their problem. “Last year, we had to give Rs 5,000 to authorities in the neighbouring country to use their water. We’re poor and find it difficult to eke out a living for ourselves, but we had no option. We somehow collected money from family members in the village and gave it to Bhutan authorities,” says Orang. Workers are unsure if they can survive under this financial burden for long. Bandapani garden workers in other gardens, like Carron and Lankapara, also spend a substantial amount of money to get water from Bhutan because there is no facility for drinking water in their areas. Fed up of the way they were treated, Orang’s fellow worker Ramkant Orang migrated to Bhutan to work at a factory. “In India, tea workers are living in sub-human conditions. Management asked us to collect 25 kilogrammes of leaves in eight hours. Earlier, it was 20 kg in eight hours. Again, wage is very less. What will you do with Rs 176 per day? I was forced to leave my home and migrate to Bhutan where working at a factory helps me sustain my family,” says Ramkant. Other than water crisis and poverty, problems that stalk tea gardens are low wages and lack of land rights for workers, whose votes are decisive in three Lok Sabha constituencies in North Bengal. The country’s second largest employer — tea industry — undermines labour rights and deprives workers and their families of the most basic needs. Other glaring problems the voters in nearly 300 tea estates face are malnutrition, human trafficking and starvation deaths. These are certain factors underscoring the desire for a better life. The availability of basic facilities like healthcare and education do not even meet the minimum criterion. Experts believe daily wage is a major bone of contention. “Tea garden workers in North Bengal have been demanding revision of minimum wages. Nearly three lakh workers in North Bengal called a three-day strike in August 2018. Right now, a worker gets a daily wage of Rs 159. After several meetings with the joint forum of trade unions, the West Bengal Labour Department issued a notification saying tea workers will have to be paid at an enhanced rate,” Debu Chaki, who has done research on North Bengal’s tea problems. “The wage rate has to be increased by Rs 10 from September 1, 2018, and by Rs 7 from October 1, 2018, which means, the new wage will be Rs 176 per day. This is an interim measure to help the workers until the minimum wage rate is finalised, says the government order. But in reality, the wage issue still persists as many workers are getting less than the amount,” adds Chaki. Anadi Sahu, general secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions, feels the condition of tea workers is getting worse by the day. “Tea workers are beset with a host of problems and the state government and Centre have turned a blind eye to their plight. We’ve raised the issue of their minimum wages, lack of livelihood and lack of sanitation, but to no avail,” says Sahu. He further questions the intent of the West Bengal government regarding minimum wage of tea workers. “A tea worker in Bengal struggles to get Rs 176. But think of Assam, where a tea worker gets Rs 350 for the same work. Centre’s 7th Pay Commission also recommended at least Rs 18,000 for such tea workers, but the recommendations have not been implemented yet,” adds Sahu. Another problem that stalks the gardens is human trafficking. “About 80 per cent of migrants from tea gardens are unsafe. Trafficking agents get Rs 40,000-50,000 per person,” says Binu Rai, an activist in the region. There are agents who lure unemployed tea workers with job promises. “First, they travel to Delhi, from where they fly to Saudi Arabia. Women, who get jobs as domestic help, are abused in foreign countries. In the past two years, only a few women were able to return and some of them came back with communicable diseases,” adds Rai. Speaking about the main reason behind the closure of tea gardens and financial condition of tea workers, secretary of Tea Association of India in Dooars, Ram Avtar Sharma, says, “Most of the tea estates are running in losses. India produces high-quality tea and a good amount of tea is exported to foreign countries, but we’re losing out to China, Kenya and Sri Lanka as they sell tea at a cheaper rate. Tea production has become costly and the profit margin is very less.” (The author is a journalist. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Nirav Modi Mehul Choksis 13 luxury cars on auction

first_imgMumbai: Thirteen luxury cars owned by fugitive diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi went on online auction by the Metals & Scrap Trading Corporation, here on Thursday. The auction is being carried out on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had seized these vehicles from Modi and Choksi last year. The vehicles include a silver Rolls Royce with a reserve price of Rs 1,33,00,000, a Porsche worth Rs 54,60,000, a red Mercedes Benz Rs 14,00,000, a white Mercedes Benz Rs 37,80,000 and a BMW Rs 9,80,000. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Besides, there are two Honda Brio, Toyota Innova, Honda CRV, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Superb Elegance, Toyota Corolla Altis and Toyota Innova Crysta. Of these 13 vehicles, the BMW and Toyota Innova Crysta belong to Choksi and the rest belong to Modi, his family and his group companies. Prior to the auction, the prospective bidders were permitted physical inspection of the vehicles at various locations earlier this week. A MSTC official said that by 4 p.m. the highest bidders shall be known and communicated to the ED which will take the final decision on awarding the successful bids. The ED auction follows an order of the Special PMLA court permitting the sale of these cars.last_img read more

NCDRC orders Ramprastha builders to refund buyers money with 12 interest

first_imgGurugram: In a major relief to the buyers who had invested in Ramprastha Builders to get their flats, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) said. Court passed judgement to refund money to 7 buyers with 12 per cent interest.Each home buyer will get Rs 1.3 crore from the builder. There are more than 350 builders who are waiting for the judgement in their favour. The homebuyers who had purchased apartments in Ramprasth’s skyys housing society did not get the possession of the houses due to repeated delay by the builder. Ultimately it led to the distressed homebuyers to take legal recourse. To make sure that the buyer’s money is protected and is not exploited by the builder a separate account will be created and will not be utilised in other projects as instructed by Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). It has also been stated that for drawing the money there have to be designated signatories. Also in case of fraud, the bank officials will be held equally liable. It is estimated that the Rs 10,160 crore are pending by the builders who have not been able to complete their projects on time. Now the DTCP is preparing the list of builders so that cash in on their bank guarantee that is estimated to be of Rs 1627 crores. The enforcement directorate of Gurugram has already described the owner of Universal builders as an absconder. It was found that Rs 300 crores of homebuyers are struck in a residential project in Gurugram’s Sector-82 named Aura. The project that was started in 2010 was stopped in 2015. In effect over 500 homebuyers who invested in the project have alleged that the builders have amassed over Rs 300 crore in the amount that have not been refunded. To prevent a situation wherein the builders who have defaulted on the payments, the DTCP had begun the process of making a note of these builders. Significant information that includes detail of aadhar and PAN card, passport are being obtained to prevent any eventualities of builders leaving the country.last_img read more