Advertisement Advertisement About Civic Theatres TorontoCivic Theatres Toronto is one of the city’s largest multi-arts organizations, operating three iconic venues and presenting a full range of performing arts, theatrical and concert events in both downtown and uptown Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Login/Register With: Featuring over 150 performances in dance, theatre, world music, jazz; cabaret, films in concert featuring a live musical score in sync with the film; festivals from ballet to Hip Hop; Children’s programming, free classes and workshops, and much more.The Dance Collection includes: the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (US), Circa (Australia); Ballet BC (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel); and Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg (Russia). The Jazz at the George series features: Dianne Reeves (US); Youn Sun Nah (South Korea); Hiromi (Japan); Holly Cole (Canada) and Etienne Charles (Trinidad and Tobago). The World Music series features: Goran Bregović (Bosnia); Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa); and Lila Downs(Mexico); the Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa) and Kodō (Japan). Under the heading “Circus and Clown” the season will feature Slava’s Snowshow (Russia); Cirque Eloize (Canada); and Gandini Juggling (UK).For further information and the complete 2018/19 programming details, visit www.sonycentre.ca. TORONTO, May 10, 2018 /CNW/ – Presenting an exceptional array of distinctive artistic experiences, thought-provoking theatre, international dance collaborations and vibrant musical evenings, Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT) announces its inaugural season.“We are passionate about people, ideas and communities that elevate the artistic creativity of Toronto,” said Clyde Wagner, President and CEO. “With over 150 nights of exceptional entertainment booked in our seven performance venues, we are committed to keeping your venues alive with dance, world music and theatre.”The 2018/19 season features artists from 11 countries on 5 continents with Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala from Elcho Island off Australia travelling the farthest at over 15,100 km (approx. 9400 miles) to perform in Toronto. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter
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Advertisement TORONTO – HISTORY’s #1 drama* Vikings returns on Wednesday, November 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The mid-season five premiere date and exclusive trailer was announced today from San Diego Comic-Con International to nearly 5,000 fans during the Vikings cast panel.In the first half of season five, the divide between the Lothbrok family climaxes with Ragnar’s sons battling each other to rule the world. The long-awaited face-off ends with a strategic victory going to Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) who vows vengeance on his betrayers with a direct target on Lagertha’s (Katheryn Winnick) back. Last seen in an unstable state and losing her appearance as a fierce Viking warrior, Lagertha is hopeful she will regain her spot in Kattegat as its rightful leader. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Season five returns on November 28 with the arrival of a legendary Viking, the famous Duke Rollo (Clive Standen), who causes further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its King. As Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) and Lagertha flee Ivar’s murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Ivar’s tyrannical reign over Scandinavia ushers in a new dark age, the likes of which have never been seen. Ultimately, Ivar’s reign will not go unchallenged by the sons of Ragnar and old enemies will become allies to defeat the despot who has declared himself a God on earth. Meanwhile in Iceland, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) battles the elements, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a Viking colony on the beautiful and desolate landscape.The highly-anticipated season five debut was the most-watched premiere of 2017 on HISTORY,** and reigned as the #1 Canadian drama across all Canadian entertainment specialty for Fall 2017/ Winter2018.***Vikings is the critically acclaimed series from creator and sole writer Michael Hirst (Academy Award® winning film Elizabeth and the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated series The Tudors) and is a family saga that tells the remarkable tales of the lives and epic adventures of the raiders and explorers of the Dark Ages. Hirst serves as executive producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn of TM Productions (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors, The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors, The Borgias), Sherry Marsh and Alan Gasmer. Arturo Interian is executive producer for HISTORY.Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production by TM Productions and Take 5 Productions. MGM Television serves as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. Vikings is produced in association with Corus Entertainment. Season six of Vikings is currently in production in Ireland. Fans can catch up on previous seasons of Vikings on Video-on-Demand.HISTORY® is a Corus Entertainment Inc. network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.Source:*Numeris PPM Data. SP18 (Jan 1/18 – May 27/18) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. Ind.2+ and A25-54.**Numeris PPM Data. Jan 1/17-Dec 31/17 – confirmed data. Total Canada/AMA(000). History. Ind.2+ and A25-54.***Numeris PPM Data. FL17 (Aug 28/17 – Dec 31/17), SP18 (Jan 1/18 – May 27/18) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. Ind.2+ and A25-54.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @Corus PRFollow HISTORY on Twitter @HistoryTVCanadaFollow HISTORY on Instagram @historychannelcanadaLike HISTORY on Facebook facebook.com/HISTORYCanada Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Founder and president of Just for Laughs accepts the prestigious Icon Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 12, 2017. | Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement MONTREAL — Quebec’s top court will allow Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon to appeal a decision that authorized a class-action lawsuit brought against him by several women for alleged harassment and sexual assault.Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Mark Schrager ruled Wednesday that three of his colleagues will hear Rozon’s legal challenge on a priority basis.The 63-year-old impresario is being sued for $10 million by a group of women known as Les Courageuses (The Courageous Ones), who allege he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The allegations against Rozon have yet to be tested in court and he has not been charged criminally.“We are very happy and we will surely have a very important (legal) debate when the case will be heard,” said Raymond Doray, one of Rozon’s lawyers.In their motion seeking leave to appeal, his lawyers argued that Quebec Superior Court Justice Donald Bisson, who authorized the class-action last May, erred in doing so because class-actions are only permitted under specific conditions.His defence team argued that for a collective action to be permitted, the reason for the action must be the same for all alleged victims.They argued that wasn’t the case here and that a proof of the absence of consent will have to be established for each individual allegation.Robert Kugler, the women’s lawyer, argued his clients were all allegedly assaulted or sexually harassed under the same modus operandi by someone who abused his power.Kugler also noted not all the victims are known and others could be added as the case plays out.Rozon stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year and an investor group bought the company in the spring.He wasn’t present in court on Wednesday. Advertisement Aside from actress Patricia Tulasne, the lead plaintiff in the case, the women’s identities have not been made public.
APTN National NewsWhat do the only Inuk in the NHL, the Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic, the chief of the most remote community in the Yukon and the premiers of all three territories have in common?They’re all worried about the high cost of food in the North.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this report from Iqaluit.
APTN National NewsCanadian Saulteaux actor Adam Beach took to time to talk about the Idle No More movement while promoting the second season of Arctic Air that airs on APTN.“I feel Idle No More is a change of consciousness within all of us, especially for Native people, to stand up for ourselves, not play the victim,” said Beach.He’s reached out to Chief Theresa Spence multiple times and visited her over the holidays. He said he sympathizes with Spence who has been on liquid only hunger strike since Dec. 11.“My friends are taking care of her and they’re letting me know how she’s feeling,” he said. “I visited her at Christmas to bring that Christmas cheer and peace and harmony in the world we live in. I wanted her to know that someone, like myself, is watching and cares and I want to help in any way.”Season two of Arctic Airs begins later this week.Beach said fans of the show won’t be disappointed.
APTN National NewsThe province of Ontario is appealing a ruling that ordered a new trial for a First Nation man charged with murder.Last year, an Ontario court ruled that Clifford Kokopenace should get a new trial because he was not tried by a jury of his peers.Lawyers with the province say that doesn’t matter.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsThe sentence given to a serial killer is raising concerns.John Paul Ostamas was handed three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole for 75 years.An advocate for rehabilitating inmates thinks the sentence is ushering in a new era of harsh punishment.
Danielle Rochette APTN National NewsThe government of Québec has announced $147 million action plan to help the social and cultural development of First Nations and Inuit in the province.Now chiefs are having their say over the plan.“It is one of the first times that we were able to really have a good solid discussion on that,” said Grand Chief Joe Norton. “What will come out of that I am not sure – only time will tell.”email@example.com
Tina HouseAPTN NewsFor over 40 years, activists Bernie Williams and Gladys Radek have been fighting for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.But now they are mourning news that the national inquiry tasked with examining the missing and murdered will only be granted a six-month extension.“There is a lot of things that are happening to our women today and our women are still disappearing, our girls are still being murdered and our men and boys are going missing and still being murdered,” said Radek, while standing beside a downtown Vancouver monument honouring the missing and murdered.“Nobody is doing a damn thing about it and they wanna pull the plug?”Tina House reports. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina HouseAPTN NewsThree years after a tugboat owned by a company based in Houston, Tx., sank off the B.C. coast, the Heiltsuk Nation says it is still unable to fish the waters.“Different things that we harvested there include black cod, clams, cockels, crab, halibut, herring and kelp, ling cod, rock cod, and various species of salmon,” said Chief Marilyn Slett.“We have one grocery store in our community and we are accessible by boat and by plane so for us having a healthy ocean a healthy eco system is really important.”In October 2016, the Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils.Transportation Safety Board ruled last year a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch.The company was fined this week $2.9 million for the damage.The money will go into Canada’s environmental defence fund.It’s not clear if the community will see any of that money.The spill has devastated one of the Heiltsuk Nation’s traditional harvesting sites.Lawyer Brock Martland represented the Heiltsuk Nation at the company’s sentencing hearing.“The court heard from a number of members from the Heiltsuk community about the gravity of the impact of this oil spill on them and their community and on the environment,” says Martland.The Heiltsuk Nation still can’t eat any of the food near the spill site.Slett says no amount of money can replace what’s been lost.“The effects it’s had our people I suspect will continue to feel that going forward you know we felt hurt, a deep sense of loss,” said Slett. “We felt helpless to what was happening and you with the company the polluter not conducting any environmental impact assessment we also feel a lot of uncertainty around the health of the spill area.”According to Martland, the amount awarded in this case is the highest fine ever given to a company that had this type of an environmental disaster.Meanwhile the Heiltsuk Nation is currently launching its own lawsuit against Kirby Off Shore.Martland is not representing the Heiltsuk on that case but says through discussions with the community about the impacts of the spill.“The Heiltsuk Nation is looking for re-dress from the company because of what happened more broadly they want even more effective spill response measures put in place in particular from the federal government,” he said.“The response time and the level of response was woefully lacking from the Heiltsuk point of view and they want to see the system improved in the future”, said Martland.Kirby Corp. had pleaded guilty to three of nine counts while a civil case for damages filed by the Heiltsuk Nation is ongoing.The guilty pleas are related to separate counts under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act for the fuel spill that damaged both fish and birds, and for failing to have a pilot aboard the vessel.Read More:Report on grounded tug, oil spill in B.C. released Beaches were contaminated just when the community was preparing for a commercial clam fishery that would have supported 50 families and no traditional marine harvesting has since been done in the area, Slett said.Kirby has yet to do an environmental impact assessment to determine the state of the spill site as the Heiltsuk continue to use their own resources to conduct research, she said, adding the village site used by five tribes that are part of the nation was previously “pristine.”Slett said she’s concerned about the lack of an adequate oil spill response system nearly three years after the spill despite an Oceans Protection Plan announced by the federal government in 2016 in connection with the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“The state of marine response today is still the same. Until we are able to come to agreements and partnerships around including Indigenous communities in marine response in the central coast the Heiltsuk community is still very much in a vulnerable position,” she said.The Heiltsuk Nation has been in discussions with Transport Canada and the coast guard to provide resources to First Nations first responders in case of another spill due to concerns that a contractor did not arrive on site until the evening, hours after the early-morning incident in 2016, Slett email@example.com@inthehouse7With files from the Canadian Press
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsSeveral First Nations in Manitoba say they haven’t been consulted by the province on plans for a new flood channel connecting two major waterways to mitigate flooding risks.The provincial government has been working on plans for the channel since major flooding devastated First Nations communities in the province eight years ago.At a community forum hosted by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in Ashern Monday, some said plans for the proposed Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin channel outlet project could negatively impact First Nations rights.With construction just months away, they say they want to be properly consulted.“It’s going to impact not only our inherent treaty rights but most importantly the fishing industry as well as the livelihoods,” says IRTC member Karl Zadnik. “The hunting, the fishing, the medicine picking — all the sacred things we hold still today.”The IRTC represents six communities in the Interlake region of Manitoba, including the four that were impacted by the 2011 flood.Last year the province hosted four information sessions about the project, none of which were in First Nation communities.Chief Garnet Woodhouse of Pinaymootang First Nation said he attended Monday’s forum with the hope of finally speaking with a government minister, but to no avail.“There is a failure from the governments,” he said. “Today we invite the provincial government to be here. Where are they?”In a statement sent to APTN News, a spokesperson for the Manitoba government said the province “will soon submit the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.“The government recognizes that a number of Indigenous communities have concerns related to the project, and the EIS will provide the opportunity to discuss the details of the project and these concerns.”firstname.lastname@example.org@bhobs22
TORONTO – Canada’s major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the country’s largest market could have dire consequences if enacted.In a new report that casts a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry, the companies also take aim at what they see as stifling rules enforced by Ontario’s safety authority.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding in Ontario regarding elevator reliability and availability, and the root cause of any down time,” the report states. “Specific isolated instances of elevator problems have created a misperception of widespread elevator outages and unresponsive service companies that are both inaccurate and irresponsible.”Instead, the National Elevator and Escalator Association — dominated by multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp — blames any problems on a multitude of factors that include building owners who can’t or won’t maintain elevators and who don’t keep unhappy users in the loop; voltage fluctuations for causing elevator shutdowns; and traffic congestion and parking issues in Toronto that hamper timely service calls.An in-depth investigation by The Canadian Press last year found soaring numbers of calls to firefighters to free people trapped in elevators, reports of frequent and lengthy outages and harried technicians who have little time or financial incentive to do preventative maintenance.In an attempt at addressing the problems the association says are overblown, Ontario Liberal Han Dong introduced a two-part private member’s bill this year that would mandate analyzing how many elevators are needed in new buildings, and set time limits for contractors to get the important devices back in service.But Dong’s effort, the association argues, is misguided and the legislation, if enacted, could impose huge costs on building owners that might see tenants “priced out” of their homes.The legislation could also lead to increased safety issues, the association argued, due to potential rushed repair jobs in order to meet time limits.Citing internal industry statistics that could not be independently verified, the association report also states that only a tiny fraction of elevators in Ontario go out of service, and that more than 98 per cent of those are up and running within 24 hours.The report also claims elevator entrapments in Ontario have steadily decreased by 18 per cent in the last four years — stats that run counter to those provided by Ontario authorities whose figures show calls to firefighters from people stuck in elevators have doubled since 2001 and now number in the thousands every year.And while the report supports traffic studies to ensure buildings are built with enough elevator capacity, it calls for a “voluntary standard” for appropriate equipment levels.Toronto-based consultant Rob Isabelle called the report self-serving, political, and some of its contentions ridiculous.“Blaming everybody and the world and not themselves,” Isabelle said.One key area in which the report is silent, Isabelle said, is on tight union control on the number of certified technicians — most of whom work for the big companies.The personnel shortage, he said, provides little incentive for technicians to provide superior service, hampers the ability of contractors to get rid of poor performers, and acts as a barrier to smaller companies from entering the field.In July, as Dong’s legislation moved forward, the Ontario government directed the province’s safety regulator to commission its own review of the elevator reliability issue. Led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham, the Deloitte study for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority — TSSA — has yet to be finalized.The elevator companies make no mention in their report of successful safety prosecutions against them, such as one in January in which ThyssenKrupp was fined $375,000. Instead, they argue the TSSA has created one of the most highly regulated environments in North America — to little effect.“Many existing regulations do not increase safety or reliability, and in fact may serve to decrease availability,” the report states. “There is a lack of collaboration and mutual distrust between the (TSSA) and industry.”The TSSA, which says elevator incidents have risen significantly since 2011 and serious injuries are up eight per cent annually, had no response to the association’s broadsides. A spokesman said the agency would wait for Cunningham to issue his report.Dong said he was glad his proposed legislation has drawn attention to the issues.“Something needs to be done,” Dong said, adding he is skeptical of the association’s reliability figures. “This is a big problem.”Doug Guderian, president of Elevator One based in Barrie, Ont., agreed with the report, but said it didn’t address underperforming contractors who he said hide behind long-term contracts.“Owners feel that they are locked into a undesirable situation with no options,” Guderian said.The technician’s union did not respond to a request for comment.
DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories.The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant.The UAW says its contract with GM requires it to hire the laid-off workers, including 690 at a small-car plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is scheduled to close in March.Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from the company.In November, GM announced plans to shutter five factories this year as it adjusts to lower demand for cars.The Associated Press
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.
The Museum we will be hosting a special grand opening of the Doc Kearney Solar Prints exhibit at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. This event is open to all members of the public. Donations in lieu of admission are welcome. Rodgers will share a brief presentation about Dr. Kearney’s and about her solar printing process.Doc Kearney Solar Prints by Margaret Rodgers will be on display at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum until August 24th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a grand opening event this Saturday for an exhibit in honour of Fort St. John’s second doctor.The Museum has partnered with Margaret Rodgers, the niece of Dr. Garnet Kearney, to produce an exhibit depicting Dr. Kearney’s life through a series of solar prints. Dr. Kearney moved from Ontario to Fort St. John, where his adventures became part of local legend. The photographs he took and sent home to his relatives provided a unique window into his frontier life. The Museum’s curator Heather Sjoblom said that Rodgers developed the series of solar prints to tell the good doctor’s story. Rodgers is a visual artist, curator, educator and writer, founder of IRIS, and former Director/Curator at VAC Clarington. She is a member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is planning a number of power outages in the Peace Region today to fix equipment that was damaged during a massive power outage on Wednesday evening.Over 30,000 customers in nearly all of Northeast B.C. lost power at around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. BC Hydro said that the outage occurred when lightning hit equipment that connected the B.C. Peace with the rest of the provincial electrical grid.Crews took around 15 minutes to bring both the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams back online. Once that was complete, power was then able to be restored to residential customers, the last of which saw the power come back on at around 9:15 p.m. Other industrial customers then saw their power restored. Hydro says that eight separate outages are planned in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson today to repair equipment that was damaged by last night’s unplanned outage.The list of planned power outages can be found here: https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html#planned-1602964060.
The NDP government has been announcing financing as part of a made-in-Alberta strategy to support diversification in the energy sector.Calgary-based Nauticol announced last fall plans for the new plant, with support from the Western Cree Tribal Council.Methanol is used in making products such as paint, plastic, electronics, shoes and furniture and is used widely in energy applications such as biodiesel.“Nauticol’s major investment in the Peace region means thousands of good jobs and more upgrading of our raw resources into the products the world needs right here at home,” Notley told a news conference in Grande Prairie on Wednesday.“By seizing these opportunities today, we’re making sure our kids and grandkids have new opportunities in a stronger, more diversified energy sector.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest.Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2-billion plant near Grande Prairie next year with an opening set for 2020.She says the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Seniors living in Northern British Columbia will start to receive increased community-based seniors’ services.Through Northern Health, the Ministry of Health is funding $100,000 grants to an initial group of three organizations.According to Northern Health, this funding is part of a provincial initiative to help seniors maintain meaningful social connections through a series of community projects to support healthy aging in place and improve opportunities for social connection. One of the three organizations to receive funding is the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, which received $100,000 to improve access to healthy food and social connection for seniors, and is currently conducting focus groups with and planning a survey for local seniors on these topics.The Province is also providing funding to several community organizations in B.C. sothey can provide better transportation for seniors, such as the NH Connections service.
New Delhi: The issue of alliance with the AAP has delayed election campaigning of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee as party workers are confused. The workers are in dilemma, said a senior leader of the party on condition of anonymity. Congress leader said that workers who have been associated with the party for years were in favour of the alliance. But, the situation is not clear so far. They are sitting idle waiting for a decision from the high command. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe workers are reportedly in favour of an alliance with AAP, aware that it will be impossible to win even one of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi without this understanding. The seat sharing formula that has been discussed by the two parties earlier followed a 3+3+1 formula, with the one being left for a neutral candidate.A senior Congress leader said that the DPCC is divided in two groups — one is led by its president Sheila Dikshit while the other is led by two ex-DPCC presidents and a senior leader of AICC who is active in Delhi politics. Dikshit opposes the alliance while the other group supports it on the ground that alliance is a necessity for defeating the BJP. If it is not done, the BJP will sweep in all seven Lok Sabha seats. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said that four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.Dikshit’s point of view is that the Congress should contest alone whether it loses or wins. This will encourage the party workers who have been associated with the party for generations. They will work to strengthen the party. The second point is that alliance might damage the party in assembly election also that is to be held next year.In 2013, the Congress had supported the AAP for formation of government. The government had collapsed after 49 days. The second time the Congress could not win even a single seat out of 70 though it had ruled the state for three consecutive terms. The AAP had won 67 seats.
New Delhi: The battle lines have been drawn in the politically crucial state Bihar. The Mahagathbandhan has finally declared its candidates for the 37 out of 40 seats in the state. Names of the two candidates for Sheohar and Madhubani would be announced later.Surprisingly, BJP rebel leader Kirti Azad, who had recently joined Congress, may not be fielded from any seat of Bihar as the Congress is yet to declare its candidates for Patna Sahib and Valmikinagar. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs Shatrughan Sinha, who is set to join Congress on April 6, is all set to contest from Patna Sahib seat and Congress planning to field Shakeel Ahmad from Madhubani seat after exchanging the Valmikinagar seat with Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP), it is very tough for the party to accommodate Kirti Azad. As per sources, the BJP rebel leader may be fielded from Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat or he may be shifted to Delhi. After many hiccups and series of meetings with all the constituents of the Grand Alliance, the alliance of Opposition parties finally declared the names of its candidates on Friday. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has declared the names of candidates for 19 seats out of total 20 seats it is contesting, including one candidate of Communist Party of India-(Marxist-Leninist). The RJD has given one seat Ara Lok Sabha from its quota to CPM and the Left party will field Raju Yadav against the BJP’s candidate and Union Minister R K Singh from the seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAmong the RJD candidates is Misa Bharti, who is a RS member and eldest daughter of RJD present Lalu Prasad. Bharti will contest from Pataliputra against BJP’s candidate Ram Kripal Yadav. Bharti was badly defeated by Yadav, a confidant of Lalu Prasad, in 2014. Tej Pratap Yadav’s father-in-law Chandrika Rai has been fielded from Saran seat against BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The other candidates of the RJD are Bulo Mandal from Bhagalpur, Jai Prakash Yadav from Banka, Sharad Yadav from Madhepura, Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Darbhanga, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh from Vaishali,