Bristol: Sri Lanka were forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their World Cup match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain here on Tuesday. Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout. On Tuesday, both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe rain eased a couple of times but only to return and thus the inspection was postponed twice. The groundsmen, meanwhile, tirelessly worked on draining out the water on the covers with the sucking brooms and mops. At 13:57 local time, the umpires finally decided to officially abandon the match. Sri Lanka now have four points from as many games, while Bangladesh have three points from four games. The result will leave Sri Lanka frustrated as it is the second instant of a wash-out for the Island nation. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upAfter two defeats, Bangladesh too were looking for resurgence against Sri Lanka and now they will be wary of their semifinal chances. Bangladesh were handed a two-wicket loss by New Zealand followed by a massive a 106-run defeat to hosts England after their 21-run win over South Africa in their World Cup opener. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, suffered a 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match, before recovering to beat Afghanistan in a rain-shortened game, but the island nation were forced to split points with Pakistan in their last match after the match was called off due to rains. On Monday, a struggling South Africa had to share points with the West Indies after their World cup match was washed out due to persistent rain at Southampton. Sri Lanka will next take on defending champions Australia at London on June 15, while Bangladesh will face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.
NEW DELHI: Three days after a Kenyan woman was murdered in Mehrauli, the Delhi Police have arrested a 24-year-old Tanzanian woman in connection with the murder. The motive was the refusal to lend a beer bottle to the accused by the victim. The accused identified as Jasmine Iscak attacked the victim with a knife on June 17 in Chatarpur in their rented accommodation.The deceased had a sharp stab wound on her left side of chest and blood was oozing out of it. A number of African nationals had gathered at the scene of the crime. On local enquiry, the identity of the deceased was revealed as Annie, a native of Kenya. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkDuring the course of the investigation of the case, a number of people including citizens of Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria were examined and interrogated in detail. These people included the persons who had either contacted or visited the deceased to her house on the day of the commission of the crime. The Call Detail Records of more than 25 mobile phones were analyzed and scores of CCTVs in the vicinity were also analyzed. Further behavioural patterns of other residents of the building were also examined minutely. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe versions of all residents of the building pointed the needle of suspicion towards one Tanzanian lady Jasmine who lives in the flat opposite to the deceased’s flat on the same floor. Earlier for two days, she was in denial of having a fight or scuffle with the deceased but when confronted with versions of various witnesses and facts of the case, the suspect finally broke down and confessed to her crime. “She also led the police to the recovery of weapon of offence used by her i.e. a big kitchen knife which she had hidden in her house only. The accused revealed that she had an argument with the deceased over a bottle of beer and murdered her with a big kitchen knife,” said DCP South Vijay Kumar.
Amethi (UP): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Wednesday reached Amethi, his first visit after losing the parliamentary constituency to Union minister Smriti Irani in this general election. Gandhi went to Gauriganj and visited the house of his party’s Tiloi assembly in-charge Mata Prasad Vaish, whose relative died on June 25, and paid condolences to the aggrieved family. Later, he attended a review meeting with party office-bearers and leaders at Nirmala Devi Educational Institute in Gauriganj. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! During his visit, the Gandhi scion will meet party representatives, including booth presidents of five assembly segments – Salon, Amethi, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur and Tiloi. He is likely to visit some villages too, party district spokesperson Anil Singh said. After Gandhi’s defeat, his representative Chandrakant Dubey and district president Yogendra Mishra have resigned. In a historic poll battle, Irani defeated Rahul in his bastion by more than 52,000 votes. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Gandhi represented Amethi Lok Sabha seat since 1999 but lost it to BJP in 2019 general election. He is currently a Member of Parliament from Wayanad constituency in Kerala. Ahead of his visit, a poster demanding justice for the family of a person who it said died at a hospital in Amethi was put up outside the local Congress party office. The poster, however, did not mention any publisher or printer.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the CBI to file a report relating to alleged lobbying by AirAsia India while trying to get international flying rights in violation of foreign investment norms and dismissed a plea by BJP leader Subramanium Swamy seeking interim stay on the airline’s application.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the agency to file the report in a sealed cover and listed the matter for final disposal on September 26. The court said: “We are not inclined to grant the stay prayed for…” and dismissed Swamy’s application in which he has sought a stay on the AirAsia India’s plea for an international permission/ licence to fly internationally. The application was filed in a pending petition challenging the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted by the Centre to AirAsia (India) Pvt Ltd. The court noted that an interim order was passed in February 2014, declining a similar relief to Swamy on the ground that the court did not have the power to judge an economic policy of the government. In the other application seeking to know the status of the investigation in the criminal case, Swamy has said he had sent a complaint and letters to the CBI in March and July, last year regarding the investigation against AirAsia for alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation. The plea said as per media reports, the CBI has been probing AirAsia India Pvt Ltd in connection with the alleged corruption in attempts to get an international operation clearance from the government. Besides CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has lodged a money laundering case against some of the officials of AirAsia in the matter. The application said the investigation conducted by the CBI was very relevant and crucial for adjudication of this petition since it has raised questions on the decisions and issues which are being probed by the agency. The Centre had earlier denied that there was any violation of FDI norms while granting approval to low-cost carrier AirAsia (India) Pvt Ltd — a joint venture of Tata Group and Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad. It had filed the affidavit in response to Swamy’s another application in which he has alleged that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms were violated while granting approval to set up AirAsia India. It had said that FDI was permissible in an existing airline as well as a new venture. On the issue of grant of international flying rights to AirAsia, the government had said it will take a decision after considering all aspects of the matter as well as the rules and laid down policy in this regard, and there was no need to pass an order putting on hold the low-cost airline’s application. The government has contended that Swamy’s application was “devoid of any merit” and “it may be dismissed”.
New Delhi: Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das, who has been on a golden roll in July, has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she will continue to work hard and bring more medals for the country. On Sunday, Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Hima and said: “India is very proud of Hima Das’ phenomenal achievements over the last few days. Everyone is absolutely delighted that she has brought home five medals in various tournaments. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTo this, Hima responded: “Thank you Narendra Modi sir for your kind wishes. I will continue to work hard and bring more medals for our country.” Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and various other politicians and personalities showered praise on the 19-year-old after she won her fifth gold medal inside three weeks in Europe. The “Dhing Express” had revealed she got a congratulatory call from Tendulkar on Sunday evening. “Today evening was like a dream come true for me, have got a call from the god of cricket and my inspiration Sachin Tendulkar sir. Thank you sir for your good wishes and inspirational words. I will leave no stone unturned for my mission.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHima’s fifth gold of the month came on July 20 in Czech Republic where she clocked a season-best time of 52.09 seconds to win the gold in 400m at the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix. On July 17, she won her fourth gold in 200m at the Tabor Athletics Meet. Before that on July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds. On July 8, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. And in her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Hima clocked 23.65 seconds to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended to the Centre names of 20 advocates for their appointment as judges of the high courts of Calcutta, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.According to the resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, the Collegium headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered 35 names for their appointment as judges of these high courts. Out of these 35 names, the Collegium, also comprising justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, recommended 20 names for appointment as judges of these high courts. It remitted 12 names back to the respective high courts and deferred the consideration on three other names.
Los Angeles: Singer Taylor Swift says it’s better to move on than be stuck in a toxic relationship. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the ‘Bad Blood’ hitmaker shared that while she “absolutely” believes in forgiveness, not everybody deserves a second chance, reports people.com. “People go on and on about how you have to forgive and forget to move past something. No, you don’t. You don’t have to forgive and you don’t have to forget to move on. You can move on without any of those things happening. You just become indifferent and then you move on,” she said. Swift feels it is important to forgive people who have enriched your life and have played a vital role. “We should give people a second chance so long as they’ve enriched your life and made it better despite some bad stuff too. But I think if something’s toxic and it’s only ever really been that, what else can you do? Just move on. It’s fine,” Swift added.
Los Angeles: Actor Angelina Jolie’s son Maddox has finally broken his silence on his strained relationship with father Brad Pitt. Maddox, 18, has entered Yonsei University in South Korea but has indicated that he is not sure that he will be visited by the Hollywood actor, reports mirror.co.uk. Pitt has been busy promoting his films Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and Ad Astra and Maddox is uncertain when he will see the 55-year-old. The portal InTouch has reported that Maddox was approached by a paparazzi and asked whether he would be seeing Pitt anytime soon. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe said: “I don’t know about that, what’s happening.” He then went on to say “whatever happens happens,” before speaking about college life and how he is coping as a freshman. Maddox said he is adapting to sleeping in a dorm and that he hasn’t learned how to speak Korean as yet. Pitt and Maddox became briefly estranged around the time Jolie and the Legends of the Fall actor began divorce proceedings before they were brought back together later in 2016.
SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association says it will appeal a judge’s decision to ban funding non-Catholic students in Catholic schools.The ruling released last week said the province can’t provide Catholic schools funding for students who aren’t Catholic.Association spokesman Tom Fortosky says there have been a lot of concerns from parents and adds funding will not be received for non-Catholics if the appeal is lost in court.The association plans to file its appeal within one month.It could not provide an exact number of non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.Justice Donald Layh ruled that provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending separate schools infringes on religious neutrality and equality rights.The dispute started in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now Good Spirit School Division, closed down its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore because of declining enrolment.The division planned to bus its 42 students to the community of Springside, 17 kilometres away.In response, a local group created its own Catholic school division and opened St. Theodore Roman Catholic School.That prompted Good Spirit School Division to launch a lawsuit claiming the creation of the new school division was not to serve Catholics in the community, but rather to prevent the students from being bused to a neighbouring town.Fortosky said the Constitution gives Catholics the right to operate a school system with accordance of Catholic values and beliefs.“We believe that this includes the right to have an inclusive and welcoming admittance policy consistent with the church’s ecumenical efforts since the Second Vatican Council.”Premier Brad Wall said this week that the ruling cannot stand and the province will see what can be done to successfully manoeuvre around it.The premier raised concerns that the ruling means thousands of students could be forced to switch schools and that the viability of some community schools could be at risk.But Public Schools of Saskatchewan called Wall’s comments disappointing, saying any disruption caused by students moving from separate schools “is a product of the unilateral decision of Catholic schools to admit those students.”(CTV Saskatoon, The Canadian Press)
TORONTO – The editor-in-chief of a Canadian magazine has stepped down amid a contentious conversation about cultural appropriation in Canadian media and literature.A representative from The Walrus says Jonathan Kay resigned on Saturday evening.On Friday, Kay wrote an opinion piece in the National Post defending the right to debate cultural appropriation, when somebody takes an image or experience from a marginalized culture without permission, and claims it as their own.His piece was in response to backlash faced by Hal Niedzviecki, who resigned as editor of Write magazine and apologized for his article in the Writers’ Union of Canada publication, after drawing ire for appearing to endorse the unauthorized use of indigenous knowledge and traditions.After Niedzviecki resigned, a number of prominent figures in Canadian media pledged money to an appropriation prize.Kay wrote in his column that he believes in open debate about issues like cultural appropriation.But about Niedzviecki’s resignation, he wrote, “the careers of editors-in-chief are brief and unpredictable,” and he said he suspected he would eventually go the same way.“Perhaps all the sooner, thanks to this column,” he wrote.In an email, Kay wrote that his reasons for leaving the magazine were “somewhat mundane” — that his interests as an editor no longer aligned with the priorities of the organization that produces the magazine, the Walrus Foundation.“In recent years, the great success of Walrus Talks, which tend to feature a very different kind of content, have left their mark on the organization’s list of priorities,” he said of the lecture series that focuses on Canada’s role in the world.“It was my job to either respect that changing landscape or leave. I elected to leave. That’s my decision, and I don’t blame anyone for forcing me into it.”
OTTAWA – Nature’s Path Foods Inc. is recalling Nature’s Path brand Coconut & Cashew Butter Crunchy Granola from store shelves due to possible Listeria contamination.The 720-gram packages, which carry a best-before date of March 2, 2018, are sold at Costco warehouse locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the affected packages should be thrown out or returned to the store where purchased.The federal agency says there have been no reported illnesses linked to the granola.Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.
TORONTO – Sears Canada begins its liquidation sales Thursday at its stores across the country as it prepares to shut its doors for good after 65 years.A Sears Canada spokesman says customers can expect deep discounts of up to 50 per cent off at its 74 department stores, and up to 30 per cent off at its eight Home stores, Calgary has four locations.Liquidation sales at its 49 Sears Hometown stores are due to start today, or shortly, but discounts there will vary, the spokesman adds.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks.Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season.The national retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.
OTTAWA – Michael Pitfield, a former Senator and clerk of the Privy Council, has died at the age of 80.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the death late Thursday, saying Pitfield was a “family friend who was especially dear” to his father and his family.Pitfield, who joined the public service in 1959, was a close confidant of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau during his time in office.In addition to his role as a powerful clerk of the Privy Council, Pitfield also served as secretary to the cabinet and as a senator for Ottawa-Vanier over a career spanning 50 years.Trudeau said Pitfield remains the youngest ever Canadian to lead the public service and called his contributions to Canadian public life “far-reaching and enduring.”Pitfield joined the Senate in 1982 and sat as an independent until his retirement in 2010.“Michael played a pivotal role in the patriation of the Constitution and the establishment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said Trudeau.“He was a tireless advocate of bilingualism and national unity whose leadership helped bring us closer as a country and make our democracy uniquely our own.”“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to his three children, Caroline, Tom, and Kate, and to all of Michael’s family and friends,” Trudeau added.
SAINT-JEROME, – The man at the heart of an Amber Alert in Quebec this summer has had a murder charge upgraded and another one added.The man was charged north of Montreal on Monday with second-degree murder in the death of Yvon Lacasse, a 71-year-old man whose body was found last September.He also had the charge in the death of his former partner upgraded to first-degree murder from second-degree murder.The accused’s missing six-year-old son was found alive by police in Lacasse’s car.Quebec police issued an Amber Alert for the boy after they discovered the body of his mother in mid-September north of Montreal.
LEDUC, Alta. – The people charged in a bizarre naked kidnapping that ended in a car crash may have unknowingly drank some hallucinogenic tea over breakfast, says a relative.RCMP have released few details about what happened Monday just before 10 a.m. in the community of Nisku, just south of Edmonton.Three adults have been charged with kidnapping and resisting arrest. The matter was in court for the first time Thursday.No one was hurt, but the case has made headlines around the world.The relative said he wants everyone to know the accused are not bad people. They just had some trippy tea.“It’s absolutely crazy,” said the man, who cannot be named due to a court publication ban protecting the identity of youths involved in the case.“It’s a scary thought thinking, ‘Oh, let’s try this tea that we purchased.’ And then all sit down thinking they’re just going to have a nice morning and end up in that circumstance.”He told The Canadian Press that his two daughters, who are 13 and 15, and his ex-wife were having breakfast with two friends — a man and his wife. The man had recently travelled overseas and brought back some tea from India. The relative did not know the name of the tea.That kicked off the “whole crazy spell,” he said.Mounties have said a man, woman and baby were forced against their will from a home in Leduc County into a BMW. Inside the car were five naked people. While the car was being driven, the abducted man, who was in the trunk, managed to escape. The woman and her baby then managed to get away.The trio were picked up by a passerby, but his work truck was rammed from behind by the car.When officers arrived, they pulled out the five naked people. The adults, who are 27, 30 and 35, were arrested, but the teens were not charged.The relative said he laughed about the case when he heard it on the news, then was shocked to learn that his straitlaced daughters were involved.“I was just like what the heck?”He visited his youngest girl in hospital, who had been taken with some of the other suspects for treatment.They don’t remember what happened, the man said.“Whatever potency that stuff had obviously is making it so it’s just a big blur,” he said, adding blood tests were also taken at the hospital.“Nothing came back like illicit drugs, so they figure it may have been some type of herbal drug or something.”He said the three people who were forced from their homes — a man, his daughter and her six-week-old baby — are also family friends and aren’t holding any grudges. They probably opened their door that morning trying to help, he suggested.He also believes the car rammed the truck because the tea made those inside think the family had been abducted by the truck driver — not the other way around.“They were under the impression that they were saving that guy and the woman and the little girl.”
MONTREAL – Former prime minister Jean Chretien says he doesn’t believe U.S. President Donald Trump will scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.“Canada has benefited from NAFTA, the United States has benefited from NAFTA and Mexico has benefited from NAFTA,” he said Wednesday.“To put all that in the garbage, I don’t think that will happen tomorrow.”The former prime minister said there have always been trade problems but that they are solved on a case-by-case basis.“We have almost $2 billion in business every day with the Americans, so there’s problems that need to be resolved and things have to be modernized and adjusted to new realities,” he said.Chretien also pointed to the Canada-U.S. auto pact, which was signed in 1965, as further evidence of the benefits of the two countries working together.He said Canada shared factories and jobs with the Americans under the agreement.The auto pact was cancelled in 2001 after it was found to be contrary to international trade rules.Chretien noted that Trump has his own trade issues to deal with.“Take Iowa, which voted for Trump,” he said. “It sells a big part of their agricultural products to Mexico.”Chretien admitted the U.S. president never ceases to amaze him on a regular basis.“Yes, he surprises every morning,” he said, adding he’s not interested in keeping up with his tweets.Chretien made his comments to reporters at a luncheon held by the Quebec branch of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.The organization handed out nine awards to several individuals and companies for their outstanding volunteer and financing campaigns.
TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sued the Opposition leader for defamation Monday, less than six months away from the June provincial election.The legal action stems from comments Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown made in September, a day before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.Brown told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”The premier was not on trial and had waived parliamentary privilege in order to testify as a witness.The Tory leader refused to apologize for the statements both after an initial letter from Wynne’s lawyer and following a libel notice in October, saying he would “ignore her baseless legal threat.” His lawyer has said the statements were not defamatory.Wynne’s legal team filed a statement of claim in court Monday that seeks $100,000 in general, aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages. Brown’s statements harmed Wynne’s reputation, they wrote.“The deliberate, malicious conduct of the defendant in publishing the defamatory statements is part of an ongoing campaign engineered by the defendant and others to harm the plaintiff’s reputation,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“The defendant’s egregious misconduct in publishing statements that he knew to be false, his ongoing refusal to retract these false statements, and his high-handed and oppressive conduct in stating to media and directly to the world at large that the plaintiff’s complaints were baseless and would be ignored, all justify an award of aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages against the defendant.”Wynne’s spokeswoman said the statement of claim was filed to preserve the premier’s ability to continue with the legal case.“We continue to remain hopeful that this issue can be resolved with an apology from Patrick Brown for his defamatory remarks,” Jenn Beaudry wrote. “It should be that simple. However, if he continues to refuse to apologize, we will have the ability to continue legal action.”Brown’s spokesman Nicholas Bergamini said Monday night the PC leader will continue to ignore the premier’s efforts to “gag” the official Opposition.“Mr. Brown has not been served with or seen the statement of claim,” Bergamini said in a statement. “This is yet another effort to distract attention from her government’s record.”Bergamini said if Wynne is eager pursue the lawsuit, she should bring it to a public hearing as soon as possible.“Our lawyer has already suggested an expedited timetable for the exchange of pleadings, document production and examinations,” he said.Conservative MPP Bill Walker also made remarks in September suggesting the premier was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the Sudbury bribery trial. He apologized hours after receiving a letter from Wynne’s lawyers.“Mr. Walker’s apology and retraction were widely reported in the media and there can be no doubt that the situation was extensively discussed by (Brown) and his staff,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“As a result, the defendant was fully aware that the Walker statements were false, and that Mr. Walker had retracted them and issued a public apology.”The two Liberals on trial in Sudbury were ultimately acquitted.Wynne previously sued the former Progressive Conservative leader, Tim Hudak, and another Tory member of provincial parliament after the pair said she oversaw — and possibly ordered — the destruction of documents related to two cancelled gas plants. Those are allegations for which two McGuinty-era staffers are on trial and awaiting a judge’s decision.That lawsuit was resolved in 2015, though it is not known whether it was settled or withdrawn.
Jocelyn Lees never set out to live in her van.The 30-year-old Manitoba native has been tree planting every summer in B.C. for the last ten years and until recently, spent every winter travelling — in places like Ecuador, Morocco and Australia.“The nature of my job is that I’m always away from home, and then in the winters I was away,” Lees says. “So, when would I ever be in this house that I would pay to have?”When her car broke down a few years ago, she decided it was time to make a life change.Instead of paying for rent, she invested in a camper van, which gave her more mobility and a comfortable place to sleep during her summers in the woods. Her 1981 Dodge has been her home ever since. She plans to base herself in the Vancouver area this winter.“Having my van is amazing,” she says. “I just wake up at the beach.”Lees is part of a community of Canadians who often dub themselves “van-lifers.” They have a variety of motivations: a desire for adventure; frustration with expensive rental markets and precarious employment; and the possibility of social media fame.Many Canadian van-lifers end up out West, often favouring Vancouver Island. Twenty-two-year-old Sacha Morin-Sirois described Tofino as “literally, the end of the road.”When Morin-Sirois travelled with his family as a young boy, he would dream of setting off on his own, sleeping in his van and surviving the elements.“It’s mostly a call for freedom, I think,” he says.He and his girlfriend left Gatineau, Que., in June in a van older than they are — it’s a 1991 model — with plans that weren’t much more specific than “head west.” They both wanted to integrate their travels with their chosen careers: Morin-Sirois, a chef, took on seasonal work picking fruit in the Okanagan and developed dishes using whatever was in season. His girlfriend, a writer, started a blog about their experiences and worked on her fiction.Lisa Felepchuk and her partner Coleman Molnar, who lived in Toronto until a year-and-a-half ago, also incorporate their work into their van life. They offer content and social media services through their company Li et Co Media and organize their travels around making sure Wi-Fi is accessible. That’s occasionally meant skipping out on some places they wanted to visit.“Last year we were so close to the Mexican border, and I regret not going into Baja,” Felepchuk says. “But the Wi-Fi was a big question for us, and we weren’t sure if we got down there what it would mean for us and for our business.“I think finding that work-life balance is tricky for most people,” she says.Adds Molnar: “The only difference between us and somebody who has a regular job and lives in a house is that we’re able to just take our jobs on vacation with us.”Other van-lifers prefer to unplug completely, using money saved from previous jobs to finance a work-free experience. Adrian Myles, 38, goes home to Perth, Australia to work as a sommelier every few years, which allows him to travel for a year or two without having to worry about money.“People living this life aren’t sitting around talking about what was back at home,” says Myles, who was recently travelling through B.C.“You can know someone for a month and never know what their job was, because you don’t ask, because it doesn’t matter.”A New Yorker piece published earlier this year explored the business side of the #vanlife social media movement. A profile of Emily King and Corey Smith, who post under the Instagram handle Where’s My Office Now, demonstrated that their dreamy, aspirational photo feed — stunning cliffsides, starry skies, exotic vistas — was the result of hours of deliberate work in an effort to make their lives seem whimsical and spontaneous. Their social media following allows them, like other popular van-lifers, to monetize their travel experience. They receive money from companies to feature their products on Instagram or other platforms.Canada has its own social media stars, including “Van Man” Philippe Leblond, a model originally from Montreal. He now lives in Los Angeles and travels out of his van, taking trips he documents to his 164,000 Instagram followers.Felepchuk and Molnar know of King and Smith and describe them as “an inspiration.” But they also represent “a warning sign in (how you can) go wrong when you just advertise with whoever. They have these poems written about Kettle Chips, and it’s just like…” Molnar says, his voice trailing off.For their part, Felepchuk and Molnar say branded content is only a small part of their income.Others eschew social media completely. Myles says he used to take a lot of photos to document the places he visited. But he kept feeling that the urge to compose a perfect shot was distracting him from the natural beauty he had travelled to see.“You would go somewhere and you were framing the photo,” he says. “What’s running through your head is, ‘How do I show this to somebody else?’ That by definition takes you out of it.”Morin-Sirois says he and his girlfriend once got in a fight because she kept wistfully looking at other people’s social media photos while they were on their own trip.“I told her, ‘Why are you looking at other people’s lives? Just be here and enjoy it,’” he says.“People want what they don’t have, and that’s really not my mentality at all.”Molnar is also happy to admit that van life isn’t always easy and that the photos leave out a lot of the less-glamorous elements. Vans break down all the time, he says, and old ones can sometimes be slow to repair.“I like to say that there’s a thin line between freedom and homelessness, and we’ve walked that at a few points,” he says.Myles once locked his keys inside his van on a cliff during a sleet storm. Lees’s van broke down after she and a friend had purchased about $400 worth of peaches for canning — luckily, it started up again soon, before the fruit started to rot. Morin-Sirois and his girlfriend had to throw out a lot of vegetables over the summer, when they took their non-air conditioned van to Arizona. Even in their small fridge, their food wouldn’t stay cool. In a van, “even if you’re inside, you’re still outside,” he says.But those kinds of experiences promote self-reliance, they say. You get comfortable in a small space and you learn to fend for yourself. Lees says people tend to assume she’s sick of her van. There’s sometimes a pitying quality in the way people offer up their couch for her to sleep on, she adds. But even when she goes back to her parents’ house, Lees says she’d rather sleep in the bed in her van than the one in the house.Myles says people sometimes think living in the wilderness is a rejection of society, but he doesn’t see it that way at all.“My old English teacher messaged me and said, ‘You could write the next “Into the Wild,”‘” Myles remembers.“I said, ‘Well, people only read books where people either die or learn something at the end, and I’m not really here to do that. I’m just hear to live the actual experience.’”
MONCTON, N.B. – The mother of a 16-year-old Aboriginal girl murdered in northern New Brunswick says Canada needs tougher laws.“If you murder someone, you shouldn’t be allowed out,” Pam Fillier said at the start of two days of hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Moncton, N.B.Fillier’s daughter, Hilary Bonnell, disappeared from Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009, triggering an extensive search that gripped the Aboriginal community.The girl’s 32-year-old cousin, Curtis Bonnell, was arrested on Nov. 8, 2009, and led police to her burial site the next day. Bonnell told police he sexually assaulted Hilary and killed her. He was later convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.On Tuesday, Fillier said she wants to help prevent similar incidents from happening again. She was emotional as she spoke about her daughter, saying the pain doesn’t go away.“It doesn’t end when you bury your child. It just starts another kind of pain,” she said.Fillier said she wants tougher laws to punish people who commit such crimes.“If we don’t get tougher laws, these monsters keep getting let out. That’s another child in danger,” she said.Much of the day was spent hearing from a Knowledge Keepers panel — three elders who detailed the history of Indigenous people in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and issues that have arisen, particularly the loss of status by Indigenous women who married non-Aboriginal men.“The loss of status is loss of community,” said Judy Clark, adding that Indigenous men marrying non-native women kept their status.Imelda Perley, a member of the Red Shawl Campaign, said that treatment has put up walls that need to be removed.The inquiry is expected to hear from at least 20 people, including a youth panel Wednesday afternoon.“It’s very important that we hear from the youth — not just the impact, but what are they recommending for a better Canada?” said commissioner Michele Audette.The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The commissioners began the inquiry in September 2016 and were hoping to issue a final report by the end of 2018, but the commission is widely expected to ask for a deadline extension.More than 700 people have shared their stories with the inquiry so far.
VANCOUVER – A Washington state immigration lawyer says a case of a French teenager who reportedly crossed from Canada into the United States by accident and was detained for two weeks should serve as a warning to Canadians.Len Saunders says while there are aspects of her case that are unique, it should still serve as a reminder for Canadians to be careful along border crossings.Cedella Roman, a 19-year-old French citizen, could not be reached for comment but she told CBC she was visiting her mother in B.C. and was jogging near the border when she inadvertently crossed into the U.S. on May 21.In an email statement, the Department of Homeland Security confirms Roman was arrested by Border Patrol agents in Blaine, Wash., where she was not carrying any identification.It referred questions about her detention to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Saunders says the woman’s French citizenship likely complicated things, as she could not simply be deported to Canada.He says, typically, joggers or dog-walkers don’t stray so far into the U.S. before they’re stopped and given a warning.But he says the beach where the woman reportedly was lost has no border signs, so the mistake is understandable and the length of time she says she was detained seems excessive.