July, 2020

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Sandy Sidhu: Vancouver’s Rising Star

This Vancouver-based artist plays role of a nurse in the series that honours the life and challenging profession of nurses Sandy Sidhu is the rising star of film and television industry. She was born and raised along the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Both her parents immigrated from Punjab, India. Her mother, Jasvir, is a nurse and her father, Jarnail, …

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Josh: The band without borders

The Indo-Pak-Canadian band is rising above borders to spread message of love, peace and unity through music Canadian music group “JoSH” were formed in Montreal, Canada in the late 90’s.  Comprised of members Rup Magon and Qurram Hussain, JoSH has been producing, writing, and singing hit songs for over two decades and have performed in more than 25 countries. They …

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Sumeet Sharma: The Star power-lifter

We have all heard inspiring weight loss stories due to simple lifestyle changes. But the story of a lifestyle change that led to the making of an international sports star, is quite rare. Meet Sumeet Sharma, a 33-year-old Vancouver resident, who did not only lose weight but has become an international gold winning power lifter for Canada, after deciding to …

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Impacts of COVID-19 on ICBC report released

A review of ICBC’s financial situation since the start of the provincial state of emergency shows both positive and negative financial impacts on ICBC’s bottom line.   With almost no capital reserves to withstand fluctuations and volatility in the markets, it is too early to determine whether the pandemic will result in benefits to pass on to drivers. “ICBC is …

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Obituary: Incredibly Irrfan

IRRFAN KHAN (JANUARY 7, 1967 – APRIL 29, 2020) (18:39)  Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan seriously nurtured desire to be a cricketing hero. In smalltown India, where cricket and cinema are the twin intoxications that normally drive notions of heroism, the young boy of a tyre seller in Jaipur couldn’t realise the dream, so he shifted focus to acting, his other passion …

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Burnaby proclaims April 14 as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Day of Equality

BY CHETNA ASSOCIATION OF CANADA APRIL 6, 2020, is a historical day for City of Burnaby.  It is the day when the Council of the City of Burnaby proclaimed April 14 as the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Day of Equality. Who was Dr. Ambedkar and what is his relevance to the City of Burnaby, some may ask? “While Dr. Ambedkar was born in …

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Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

CANADIANS can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) at Canada.ca/coronavirus. The federal government said on Monday that it is working day and night to ensure Canadians have access to the CERB in the simplest and fastest way possible. Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19 can expect their payment in three to five business days from …

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Doctors in BC now available via virtual care

Doctors urge patients to call them first if they need care during the COVID-19 pandemic VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 03, 2020 — BC’s doctors are now available to provide care to patients using telephone or video during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to providing in-person care when necessary. The increased use of virtual care allows patients to receive medical care …

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Over 2,000 employees laid off temporarily by City of Surrey

THE City of Surrey said on Thursday that since March 16, its recreation centres, libraries, civic ice arenas, cultural facilities, museums, and public pools have been closed due to health and safety orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of these facilities have resulted in temporary workforce reductions for part time / auxiliary staff in Parks, Recreation and Culture and part …

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Fraser Health confirms a patient COVID-19 case at the Worthington Pavilion

 A patient of the Worthington Pavilion rehabilitation unit has been diagnosed with COVID-19. A Fraser Health SWAT team is at the site and communication with patients and families is underway. The Worthington Pavilion is located in Abbotsford and is owned by Fraser Health. It provides rehabilitation and recovery services for patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions so that they may …

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