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Today’s Headlines – Sep 8, 2015 


Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked to journalists at the Mississauga Convention Centre today. Talking on the refugee crisis, Harper said that a re-elected Conservative government will  look at taking in those who are in trouble the most but proper screening process will be followed. In an interview last night with CBC journalist Peter Mansbridge, Harper said he will not remain in power if his party comes a close second after the October 19 election.

NDP leader Tom Mulcair was in Quebec today where he announced to provide funding for the aerospace industry to create 76,000 new jobs. He also mentioned that Mr Harper neglected this industry.

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau was in New Brunswick today where he claimed that a two-week wait for employment insurance will be reduced to one if elected. Refusing to form a coalition government, once again he reiterated that Liberals will form a minority government if his party wins the most seats.

The latest Nanos research shows that NDP is moving ahead with 33% voter support, followed by the Liberal at 31% and the Conservatives at distant 26%. This is the third survey projection in which NDP is leading polls. The survey on Friday also showed that NDP had the support of 31% people, Liberals 30%, and the Conservatives 29% and the results were the same a week back also.

A new Mainstreet Technologies survey shows that 32% of the Canadians think ISIS is responsible for the current refugee crisis while 31% consider the Syrian government is responsible for it.

Around 300 prominent Canadians have gathered together asking Prime Minister Harper to take immediate action to free Al Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy.

In Ontario children are back to school but discussions between the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the province and its school board are still going on.

As the refugee crisis continues, Britain is still pondering to take in 2,000 Syrians while Germany is thinking to accommodate 800,000 migrants. But still thousands are stranded on the borders of Hungary and Greece. Among Muslim countries only Turkey has already taken in some refugees but the six richest Arab states have said no. On the other hand Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already said his country does not have the geographic depth to deal with such an influx.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory are meeting today. Major announcements are expected soon.

In Pakistan a high level Corps Commanders meeting was held to review the country’s security concerns, anti-terror operation and defense challenges in Afghanistan.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has given orders that Urdu be made the official language of the country.

Pakistani Prime Minister’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz, has said dialogue between DG Rangers and BSF Chief will reduce border tensions.

In Bihar, RJD has announced that it is moving out of the alliance and its leader Pappu Yadav is demanding to contest on 40 seats.

Mumbai police chief has said that the same team will keep on investigating the Sheena Bora murder case.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said that Modi government’s words have not matched its actions. Hitting back union minister Smriti Irani has said Sonia’s anti-government comments will help Modi government.

The owner-operators of the Container Trucking Association of Ontario are on strike that commenced this morning at 7:30am. Parminder Singh from the associated was on Southasian Pulse radio today where he urged the 5% truckers who had not joined hands with them to join the strike and ask the management to alleviate their grievances. He said though rates of various things have gone up and truck and oil prices have risen too but in the last 10 years their rates have not been increased. Earlier they were working for 10 hours and making their two ends meet, now even after working for 16 hours running a household is becoming difficult. He said that the association is represented by over 500 members and 35 companies. He thanked media for supporting their cause and the management of Khalsa Darbar that offered its venue to park their trucks.  He can be contacted on 289.946.3005 for further details.


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