June, 2020

Desi Today Politics

South Asian Women and the World of Politics

By Dupinder Kaur Saran Despite being highly qualified all the seven South Asian women who ran in the 2018 Surrey municipal elections, could not make it through. Dupinder Saran, a registered nurse, who ran as a school board tries to find out the reason?   Entering the world of politics is not easy as we all know and understand.  Although …

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Q&A with Harjit Singh Sajjan Minister of National Defence

How has been your journey as the Defence Minister of Canada so far? What do you think is your biggest contribution, to date, as the defence minister and why? The best way to describe my journey so far is that it has been humbling. From being born in a small village in India and coming to Canada when I was …

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Canada says Punjab’s AAP legislators can visit country any time

Chandigarh (IANS): Months after turning back two Punjab legislators belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party from the Ottawa airport, Canada has written to India saying that the lawmakers can visit the country, an official said on Tuesday. Canadian authorities, in a communication to India’s Ministry of External Affairs through the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, have said that both the legislators …

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Kennedy Stewart is the new mayor of Vancouver

VANCOUVER voters have elected 27 people to public office following the preliminary count of 2018 municipal by-election ballots, according to a press release by the City of Vancouver. Approximately 176,744 ballots were cast and voter turn-out is estimated to be about 39.4 per cent. 158 candidates ran in races for Mayor, Councillor, Park Commissioner, and School Trustee. The official election results will …

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Surrey Municipal Election: McCallum elected mayor; 7/8 SSC councillors win

Doug McCallum, who ran under the banner of the Safe Surrey Coalition, was re-elected as the Mayor of Surrey defeating other top mayoral candidate Tom Gill. McCallum was previously the mayor of Surrey between 1996 and 2005, until he was defeated by Surrey First’s Dianne Watts, who was later succeeded by Linda Hepner. His fellow Safe Surrey Coalition council candidates …

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Vancouver city election: Voters encouraged to vote on October 20

Over 48,000 votes have already been cast in advance voting    VANCOUVER City Hall is encouraging voters to vote in the city election on Saturday, October 20. More than 100 voting places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the city, and voters can go to any place to cast their vote. Over 48,000 votes have already been …

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Doug McCallum, Safe Surrey Coalition opposed to marijuana retail, production operations

MAYORAL candidate Doug McCallum and his Safe Surrey Coalition announced on Monday that they are opposed to marijuana retail stores and production operations. They pointed out: “Surrey is at a crossroads with out-of-control crime and gang violence. We need to get crime under control first.” McCallum said: “My biggest concern is that local cannabis stores and production facilities put another layer …

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Nikki Haley quits as US Ambassador to UN

NIKKI Haley, the first American of Indian descent to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, resigned as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday in a surprise move that has led to much speculation. President Donald Trump announced the resignation and said that she will leave her post by the end of the year. President Donald Trump said that he thought …

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Scheer assures Modi of ‘productive and positive relationship’ if he becomes prime minister

ANDREW Scheer, Conservative Party Leader, in a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday expressed to him how important a productive and positive relationship with India would be if he were elected Prime Minister next year. In a statement about the meeting, Scheer said: “We discussed a range of serious issues including opportunities for greater economic partnerships, …

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