MONTREAL — A disgruntled B.C. bride has filed a national class-action lawsuit against Air Transat for ruining her wedding by allegedly misrepresenting flights as non-stop.Vancouver law firm Rosenberg Kosakoski LLP said Wednesday it has launched the claim against the airline operated by Montreal-based tour company Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ).The claim alleges the airline fraudulently misrepresented its efforts that were designed to increase ticket prices and reduce costs by using “sub-standard aircraft.”The law firm says Air Transat advertised direct flights that typically garner higher prices. However, the aircraft ultimately made stops that were not disclosed to passengers until the plane was airborne.The class action was filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court by Jessica Spencer, a 33-year-old accountant from Victoria, on behalf of herself and other passengers who were misled.Spencer claims Air Transat’s actions ruined her dream destination wedding.The lawsuit hasn’t been tested in court.Transat couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.The class-action suit comes as the Canadian Transportation Agency held a hearing Wednesday about passengers being trapped for hours aboard two Air Transat jets earlier this summer in sweltering heat with a lack of water and facing the stench of vomit in the cabin.Christophe Hennebelle, the airline’s vice-president of corporate affairs, offered an apology to passengers, saying the hearings showed the complexity of the situation on July 31.Both planes were originally bound for Montreal — one from Brussels, the other from Rome — but were forced to divert to Ottawa due to weather conditions. They were among about 20 other planes that couldn’t land in Montreal or Toronto during a two-hour window.
OTTAWA — The federal government says the head of Shopify will chair a strategy group looking for ways to attract more high-tech jobs to the country.Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of the company, will chair the digital industries table as one of six industry leaders that will lead an economic strategy table.Other group leaders already announced include advanced manufacturing chair Charles Deguire, co-founder of Kinova Robotics, agri-food chair Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients, health/bio-sciences chair Karimah Es Sabar, CEO of Quark Venture, and clean technology chair Audrey Mascarenhas, CEO of Questor Technology.The government says each chair will preside over a group of about 15 members to help guide federal efforts to create more opportunities for business growth in the sectors as part of the government’s goal of doubling the number of high-growth Canadian companies to 28,000 by 2025.It says the chair of the clean resources table will be announced in the coming weeks.Each table will present a report of its findings and recommendations by summer 2018.
Lightning had struck the Pannala Inggamdaula Gemunu Maha Vidyalaya during the heavy rain experienced this morning.Children studying in the Year 5 class were affected by the lightning and were rushed to hospital. Among those suffering from shock were 8 girls, the police said. (Colombo Gazette) Lightning struck a school in Pannala this morning resulting in several children being hospitalized.The police said that 14 children were admitted to hospital after suffering from shock following the incident.
The road linking Ananda Mawatha and Ketawalamulla Road in Colombo 10 was toady named after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) in recognition of his dedicated service for the protection of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.The CMC took this initiative on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena. Public Administration and Local Government Minister Karu Jayasuriya and Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil took part in today’s ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) The President had instructed the CMC to name a road after Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who dedicated his entire career for the protection of the country, risking his own life, the Government said.
“On the instructions of the Secretary Defence and the Commander of the Army, the Military Police are conducting a parallel investigation and the Military Police have been asked to fully cooperate with Police investigations too. Like in previous instances, impartial investigations, despite ranks are underway and more information could be revealed afterwards upon completion of investigations,” he added. Jayaweera, speaking to reporters at the Media Centre for the Ministry of Defence today, said that those three soldiers in question were not involved in any political agenda or any other illegal act as alleged by some, according to the investigations by the Military Police. Preliminary investigations of the Sri Lanka Military Police into Monday (20) night’s arrest of three civil-clad army soldiers with a weapon in the Mirihana area while travelling in a white van, have confirmed that neither those soldiers, nor the vehicle in question, were involved in any criminal act whatsoever.Military Spokesman, Brigadier K.J Jayaweera said that necessary legal action would be instituted against the breach of military law, if any, upon completion of Military Police investigations . He pointed out that the vehicle has been issued to Major General Prasanna Silva. Asked by media personnel whether any action had been taken against Major General Silva, to who the weapon and the vehicle had been assigned, Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana, Judge Advocate General of the Army, said that such action would be meted out only upon the findings of the Military Police investigations in the future in accordance with Army judicial procedures.Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana, Judge Advocate General of the Army and Colonel Edward Jayasinghe, Director Legal Services were also present at the Media briefing.
Another woman has been found killed in Kahawatte, a village notorious for a series of murders, mostly women.The police said that the body of a 48 year old woman was found with stab wounds in Kotakathena, Kahawatha today.
Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickremesuriya was today ordered to be remanded further till December 16 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.Wickremesuriya was arrested over allegations he misused state funds when he was the Ambassador to the US. (Colombo Gazette)
Secretary to the President Austin Fernando was also present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena appointed new Governors for seven provinces today.Among those appointed was Reginald Cooray who was removed as Governor of the Northern Province. Others appointed today were Hemakumara Nanayakkara as the new Governor of the Western Province, K.C. Logeswaran as the new Governor of the North Western Province, Mrs. Niluka Ekanayake as the new Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province, Marshal Perera as the new Governor of the Southern Province, M.P. Jayasinghe as the new Governor of the North Central Province and P.B. Dissanayake as the new Governor of the Uva Province. Cooray was appointed as the new Governor of the Central Province.
When asked about a timeline to complete the FTA, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara said it was still unclear whether the agreement would go forward during the summit.“Even for the framework (2004) it took seven years. It is easy to negotiate an FTA between two countries. India and Sri Lanka have it. But when seven countries are involved maybe it is not so easy,” she said. Thailand’s Ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi pointed out that the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway had not been completed, which is crucial to trade movement between the countries. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has supported calls to create a Free Trade Agreement (FTAS) among BIMSTEC member countries.BIMSTEC suffers from a “lack of visibility” in the region, said the envoys of seven member countries who form the “Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation,” who also called for the speedy conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement within the group comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal,Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, The Hindu newspaper reported. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join a summit of leaders from BIMSTEC countries in Kathmandu on August 30-31 and hold bilateral talks with most of them, including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli. At an event organised by business chamber FICCI just ahead of the summit, envoys of BIMSTEC countries said the FTA should be the top priority for them. “It is really disappointing that we are yet to finalise and conclude the FTA which was negotiated in 2004. We need to expedite the BIMSTEC FTA to boost our intra-regional trade from its present level of 7% to 21%,” said Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali. “The visibility of BIMSTEC needs to be enhanced in a region where already a few other regional cooperation groups like ASEAN, SAARC, SASEC are in place,” he added. Others added that at present the negotiations of the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), due to be completed by the end of 2018, were taking precedence.The envoys also spoke about the need for the upcoming summit to promote security issues including “terrorism and violent extremism” in the region.“Terrorism is the most significant threat in the Bay of Bengal region as well as South East Asia and we call for more cooperation amongst the member states on this issue,” said Myanmar Ambassador Moe Kyaw Aung.
He said that when one party resigns the Government is dissolved. Parliamentarian, the venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has decided to support the caretaker Government including the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.The venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero said that he feels the appointment of Rajapaksa is Constitutional. The monk said that the coalition Government was formed between the United National Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance. The venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero said that he will continue to sit as an independent MP in Parliament but will support the caretaker Government.He said that he had urged the President to have the caretaker Government in place for three months and then go for elections. (Colombo Gazette)
In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of terror during his 10 year rule. The Labour MPs are pressing the Foreign Secretary to consider the suspension of EU trade benefits to Sri Lanka as the crisis continue. Joan Ryan MP also urged the Home Secretary to conduct an urgent review of his department’s asylum and returns policy to Sri Lanka and halt all forced returns to the country in order “to ensure that no more lives are put at risk.” For the seventh consecutive year, Freedom from Torture named Sri Lanka as the top country of origin for torture survivors. The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK.A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country. Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, said that with Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis deepening over recent days, it is so important that the Tamil community see that Labour MPs are on their side.“We are indebted to our Labour friends in Parliament for all their support on these important issues and in pressing the UK Government to act on our behalf,” Kandiah said.Kandiah said that Tamils for Labour agrees wholeheartedly that all forced returns to Sri Lanka should be stopped and that it’s time that the Home Secretary protects Tamils from further harm. (Colombo Gazette)
The October 2014 meeting of the Senate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The following is a brief summary of the agenda.The president’s report to Senate contains an attachment.The attachment, Jack Lightstone explains, is the “mandate letter” from Premier Kathleen Wynne to Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Reza Moridi. Making these mandate letters public is a new practice in Ontario.The president cautions senate to be vigilant about not only what the letter says, but also its tone because it suggests the possibility of a new direction in Ontario.The second alert contained in the report concerns enrollment trends. Lightstone says “For the first year since the early 1990s, domestic enrollment from Grade 12 graduates at Ontario’s universities has declined.”The full text of the president’s report is available here.The Vice President Academic’s report to Senate highlights activities in our various Faculties. Neil McCartney is attending the National Vice-Presidents’ Academic Council annual conference in Waterloo.Memos from the Registrar’s Office figure prominently on this agenda. In these memos, Senate is:1. Asked to approve the list of graduands2. Asked for feedback on the proposed schedule of academic dates for 2015-2016.The Governance Committee is recommending appointments to various Senate committees. In an in-camera session Senate will receive a recommended list of nominees for a Brock University Chancellor to succeed Ned Goodman.The Graduate Studies Committee is recommending a change to the faculty handbook 14.9.2 to include:Graduate students who conduct human participant studies strictly based on secondary analysis of a) human tissue or bodily fluids or b) data from non-public sources (provided there is no involvement or interaction with human participants) are encouraged to complete the entire CORE tutorial. However, at minimum, these students must complete modules 1 (core principles), 2 (defining research), and 5 (privacy and confidentiality) before submitting a research ethics application.The Information, Technology and Infrastructure Committee are dealing with the following topics particularly as they relate to budget items:1. Classroom modernization2. Campus plan3. Five-year long term capital plan4. Clicker technologyThe full Senate agenda and notes can be found here.Senate reminds the Brock community that fall convocation is Oct. 18. There are two ceremonies – one each in the morning and afternoon.
Halton Regional Police are asking for helping finding a man from Alymer who was last seen in Milton.Aaron Hibbert was last seen walking in the area of Steeles Ave. and Regional Road 25 on Thursday afternoon.Police say the 41-year-old sent an email to his employer indicating that he might be in crisis.Hibbert is known to frequent the Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo regions.He was last seen wearing construction-type clothing, jeans and running shoes.He is 5’10” with a slim build and is likely wearing a baseball cap.Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Western forces, including the US, UK and France, struck Syria with more than one hundred missiles today in the first coordinated western strikes against the Damascus government,targeting what they said were chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack.Smoke was still rising from some buildings hours after the strikes took place. Others were entirely destroyed.The military move followed an alleged chemical attack last weekend in Syria that killed more than forty people and injured close to five hundred others.The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons says it plans to continue its investigation into last weekend’s suspected poison gas attack in eastern Syria, despite US-led airstrikes against the country. The global chemical warfare watchdog group says it will still deploy a team “to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma.”Russia and Syria disagree with western allies that gas was used by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. but the US ambassador to the United Nations says the US is quote: “locked and loaded” if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again.President Trump tweeted this morning about the air strikes saying quote: “A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine military. Could not have had a better result. Mission accomplished!”On the sidelines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with US Vice President Mike Pence in a bilateral meeting. Trudeau said Canada supports the “unfortunate, but necessary” strikes in Syria in response to chemical weapons use.Trudeau and Pence also reiterated their mutual aspirations for a quick and successful NAFTA deal, with Pence saying the Trump administration was encouraged by the progress so far. Pence also expressed condolences for those affected by the Humboldt bus crash.
Motorcycle stolen from drivewayA motorcycle has been stolen from a Walpole Street, Hagersville, address.Police say the motorcycle went missing from the driveway around 2:40 a.m. on Sept. 5. It is described as a white 2009 Suzuki motorcycle. Female charged with drinking and drivingA 28-year-old Dunnville woman is facing charges following a single vehicle collision on Northshore Drive in Dunnville.Haeldimand County fire, paramedics, and OPP responded to the collision around 2:03 a.m. on Sept. 6.The driver was uninjured but failed a roadside test.She has been charged with Driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Drunk driver facing chargesOn Sept. 7 around 10:19 p.m., a Good Samaritian observed a suspicious vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Concession 11, Townsend, and reported it to police.As a result of the report a 35-year-old Norfolk County resident has been charged with operation of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus, and driving while under suspension (two counts). Wallet stolen from vehicleA wallet was stolen from a pickup truck in Simcoe at around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8.The vehicle, parked at a Norfolk Street North address, was entered by two unknown men, which set off the alarm system. Both men fled from the area.The owner of the vehicle later noticed that a wallet with personal and financial information was stolen during the entry. Engine stolen from propertyIn the early hours on Sept. 8 an engine was stolen from an 11th Concession Road, North Walsingham address.The engine, that was stored at the side of a shop on the property, is described as a Honda, 25HP, electric start engine valued at about $2,000. Attempted theft of tractorPolice received reports of an attempted theft of a tractor from a Norfolk County Road 19, Townsend address.At some point between Sept. 6 and 8 a tractor on the property was entered. The unknown suspects attempted to remove the tractor but were unsuccessful. Wanted person runs from policeA 19-year-old is facing charges after running from police on King Street in Delhi.On Sept. 8 around 2 a.m. a person wanted on another matter fled from police.As a result the 19-year-old has been charged with escape lawful custody, resist peace officer, and fail to comply with probation order (two counts). Drunk driver in stolen vehicleA 19-year-old of Six Nations man is facing several charges following an incident on Cockshutt Road in Norfolk.Just before 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 a Good Samaritan followed a suspicious person while they contacted police. Officers arrived and located a stolen vehicle nearby.As a result the male was charged with operation while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80 plus, and possession property obtained by crime over $5,000. OPP investigate theft of pickup truckA locked pickup truck has been stolen from the driveway of a Cayuga Street, Caledonia address.The truck was removed at some point between Sept. 5 and 9.The truck is described as a black 2005 Ford F250 crew cab pickup truck. It has a Georgia licence plate, black rims, a fibreglass tonneau cover and a Harley Davidson decal on the tailgate.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
Karen Allen, an accountant and recently retired associate deputy minister with the Government of Saskatchewan, had everything going for her in 2007.“I was somebody who was in control. That’s who I was. I made decisions, I did everything at work the way I would. I was the same at home, typical ‘A-type’ personality,” she says.But that year, Allen would find herself relying on others after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.“I was absolutely devastated, because I had no control at that point, I had to trust my medical team. And thank goodness, I had a great one,” she said.Allen survived thanks to an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. As with any of the thousands of Saskatchewan people who get radiation treatments each year, her journey began with a computer tomography (CT) simulator — a machine that creates an image showing where tumours are located in a patient’s body, allowing radiation to be delivered as precisely as possible to avoid damaging surrounding organs and tissue.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Saskatchewan has two CT simulators, one each in Regina and Saskatoon. At the time Allen needed them, they were still considered state-of-the-art. But, as technology has improved, the machines have started to show their age.Dr. Jon Tanita, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, said the now decade-old machines suffer breakdowns that can cause cancelled appointments and delays for patients. He said both machines need to be replaced, as they are becoming more difficult and expensive to operate.“It’s like anything — some of these machines, pretty soon you get to the point where you can’t even get the parts any more,” he said.Allen shared the story of her diagnosis and treatment publicly for the first time Wednesday at an event hosted by the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan Cancer to kick off a $3 million fundraising campaign to purchase new CT simulators.“I have a debt of gratitude that I will never be able to repay to all the great medical teams we have at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency,” Allen said, adding that she was also speaking out for her sister, sister-in-law and father-in-law, all of whom were diagnosed with cancer while she was still going through treatment.“By 2012 all three of them had died. In September of 2012, we lost three members of our family to cancer and I’m the only one still surviving,” she said.The foundation, launched in 2019, is an independent fundraising organization that benefits the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.The CT Simulator Community Campaign is the first of what Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan CEO Norah Yeates said she hoped would be many more initiatives to help improve cancer care in the province. She admitted $3 million is an ambitious goal for the foundation’s first campaign.“That is a lot of money for a brand-new foundation that nobody knows about. But we’re going to do it,” she email@example.comRelated New foundation launched to support cancer care in Saskatchewan Cancer survivors don’t have to suffer in silence
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Param Cumaraswamy, today sent an urgent appeal to the United States Government regarding the military order signed earlier this week by President George W. Bush on the detention, treatment and trial of certain non-citizens in the war against terrorism. In his appeal, the Special Rapporteur expressed concern about a number of matters, including the setting up of military tribunals to try those subject to the order and the absence of a guarantee of the right to legal representation and advice for persons in detention. He also raised questions regarding the establishment of an executive review process to replace the right to appeal the conviction and sentence to a higher tribunal, as well as the exclusion of jurisdiction of any other courts and international tribunals. In addition, the Special Rapporteur expressed deep concern about the implications of the order on the rule of law, and “the wrong signals it sent, not only in the United States, but around the world.””The very fact that such powers are available to the executive strikes at the core of the principles of the rule of law, equality before the law and the principles of a fair trial,” he wrote. While acknowledging the national emergency declared on 14 September, the Special Rapporteur said he was “not convinced that such repressive measures curtailing the core values of the rule of law and a fair trial are necessary.”
In a bid to stave off southern Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a $500 million appeal to provide emergency food relief to millions of people in the region facing the prospect of starvation. The $507 million needed to fund close to one million tons of food would be enough to feed 10.2 million people in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland until the next main harvest in March 2003, said WFP, which at present has only one quarter of the supplies needed for the next three months. Launching the appeal at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, WFP Executive Director James T. Morris said that in addition to a drought, a variety of factors ranging from weather conditions to regional economic decline and political issues complicated the situation. “You have this whole panorama of issues coming together to cause this really serious problem, where lots of people are at risk of loss of life over the next several months if the world donor community doesn’t come together and provide relief,” he said. Despite the fact that many donors had already contributed to WFP’s previous appeals, new donations were urgently required, Mr. Morris said, stressing that it was vital to acquire enough supplies before October when the region’s rainy season starts, which make many rural areas inaccessible. “We have time,” the WFP chief said as he urged donors to be generous. “If people respond in the next few weeks, we have time to do our work and save many millions of lives.” Meanwhile in nearby Angola, nearly 1.5 million people were in urgent need of food assistance, according to a new report released today by the WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The ceasefire agreement signed in April between the Angolan Government and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) revealed the extent of suffering by people trapped in rural areas by the conflict, the UN agencies said. Large numbers of malnourished people have since made their way to reception and transit centres and up to 500,000 are reported to be in a critical nutritional situation. WFP said it planned to help 1.24 million people, including internally displaced persons with insufficient or no access to land, the families of UNITA soldiers, the vulnerable population in previously inaccessible areas and refugees returning to Angola.
The Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, Hans Blix, and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed ElBaradei, already met today with the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN agencies in Baghdad. They are expected to have a second meeting with Iraqi officials in the evening to conclude discussions on the resumption of inspections, according to a UN spokesman travelling with the team.
Artemisia annua – a medicinal plant of Chinese origin – flourishes in Tanzania where it is grown in the southern and northern highlands. WHO said the raw plant is exported to Europe for processing into anti-malarial medicines, which are then imported by African countries and sold at a cost far beyond the means of those in need. “We are certainly excited by the prospects (for commercial production and marketing in Africa) of this medicine because it will be more affordable to those who need it the most,” WHO Regional Director Ebrahim Samba said of the agency’s efforts to help fight the disease that kills a million people worldwide every year, 90 per cent of them in Africa.Local production of the medicine could mean a drop from the current $6 to $7 per dose to a more affordable $2 per dose, saving the many lives lost to malaria. WHO said that most of those killed are children – one African child out of every five succumbs to the illness before the age of five. WHO’s provision of process technology for local production in Tanzania will help prevent such tragic loses. “We will also provide the country with pure arteminisinin (the active medicine in the medicinal plant) and dihydro-artemisinin to serve as reference substances so as to guarantee the quality of local production,” Dr. Samba said, elaborating on the nature of assistance the agency will be giving. He added that the agency would also assist with the necessary monitoring, “to ensure the development of the requisite process technology locally.”Experts from the WHO regional office, after a recent field visit to Tanzania, concluded that the production of the medicine locally was a viable option, particularly given the fact that the indigenous variety of Artemisia annua was 10 to 15 times more potent than the varieties found in China and Thailand.To support WHO’s efforts, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $6.5 million over five years to the agency to facilitate the strengthening of traditional health systems for malaria control and prevention in Africa.