MONTREAL – A pro-gun lobby held a rally at a sugar shack west of Quebec City on Saturday after it was forced to backtrack on a plan to have the event at a memorial site for the 14 women who were killed at Ecole polytechnique in 1989.The group posted on its Facebook page Saturday afternoon to say the event was was running smoothly.Originally, the group had wanted to stage the event at Montreal’s Place du 6 decembre.That idea was quickly and roundly blasted by politicians of all stripes, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante.Guy Morin, president of the pro-gun lobby, has said that the group did not realize the plan would generate such widespread denunciation.Wednesday will be the 28th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre.
Ashlie Rodriguez, How San Diego is handling the homeless on cold nights February 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A cold snap that settled over Southern California left many wondering what would happen to the homeless men and women living on San Diego’s streets.A representative from the San Diego Housing Commission said temperatures have to fall below 50 degrees and there has to be a 40 percent chance or higher of rain before additional beds would be available at Father Joe’s Villages.If the temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the dining area at Father Joe’s Villages will open, creating additional space for beds.Three bridge shelters are currently in operation catering toward families, veterans and single adults providing 700 additional beds to the homeless.The extra-cold winter conditions led to minimum readings of 23 degrees in Ramona and 29 degrees in Vista.In Oceanside, Tuesday morning’s low-temperature mark of 35 degrees tied the prevailing record for the date, set in 1945.Due to the ongoing frigid conditions, an NWS frost advisory indicating a likelihood of thermometer readings as low as the mid-20s will be in effect for a second straight night tonight in local valley communities. The warning will extend from 10 this evening until 8 a.m. Wednesday.A slight warming trend is expected for the remainder of the workweek, though temperatures will remain below average at least through the end of the month, according to forecasters. Posted: February 20, 2018 Updated: 10:23 PM Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Homelessness, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Weather FacebookTwitter
Share The Montreal-based design studio Daily tous les jours creates technology-centric works in public spaces that encourage a kind of interactive “collaboration” between people and the environment. “Hello Trees!” is the group’s latest project, created specifically for downtown Houston’s Discovery Green.The work, on view through February 25, is a series of archways and audio stations built under a canopy of live oak trees. Park goers speak a message into microphones stationed at opposite ends of the walkway, and the spoken audio is translated into light patterns that travel throught the archways. At the bottom of each arch, a speaker emits the original message, which is gradually transformed into a musical melody.Daily tous les jours co-founder Melissa Mongiat talks about the inspiration for the project and how it works.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), and Delaware’s U.S. Sen. Tom Carper held a news conference on March 1 to announce that a bill granting the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia statehood was introduced and based on a plan used by Tennessee.The flag of the District of Columbia that promotes statehood. (Courtesy Image)At the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, the lawmakers and the elected District of Columbia statehood delegation, said the bill would make the District the 51st state of the union. Norton, serving in the U.S. Congress since 1991, said she won’t give up the fight for full citizenship of her constituents.“Sen. Carper and our city leaders come united for a dual-purpose D.C. statehood event – the delivery of a petition to Congress for statehood by Bowser and Mendelson and the introduction of our statehood bill, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, in the House and Senate by me and Sen. Carper,” the delegate said. “The statehood referendum asked voters ‘whether the council should petition Congress to enact a statehood admission act. D.C. voters made their choice loud and clear with 85 percent support.”The District is pursuing statehood through the Tennessee Plan, in which a jurisdictional referendum was voted on, a constitutional convention took place, the city’s legislative body, the D.C. Council, approved the statehood plan and then the leaders approach Congress. Tennessee became a state in 1796 through this method and six other states – Michigan, Iowa, California, Oregon, Kansas and Alaska –gained statehood, also.This is the first time the District has used the Tennessee Plan for statehood. On Nov. 21, 1993 Norton led an effort to pass the “District of Columbia Statehood Act” but it failed, 277-153.Other statehood-like initiatives such as the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment in 1978 and the 2009 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act weren’t enacted by Congress either.Nevertheless, Norton said the District statehood effort is making headway. “Today 60 percent of House Democrats are introducing our statehood bill alongside me, joining me not only as co-sponsors, but as equal original cosponsors,” she said. “This 60 percent in just the first two months of the 115th Congress smashes the record we set last Congress when 50 percent of Democrats were original cosponsors. By the [time the] 114th Congress was over, 72 percent of House Democrats were cosponsors of my bill, with only logistics and timing accounting for why there were not more. By the end of this Congress, our goal is to beat the total number of cosponsors we got last Congress. We hope that residents will similarly set goals for themselves – for example, gathering increased support for statehood in the city and the country.”In the past, Norton embraced the concept of incrementalism or the means that statehood would come in phases, but the delegate rejects the approach now. “To be content with less than statehood is to concede the equality of citizenship that is the birthright of our residents as citizens of the United States,” the delegate said. “That is a concession no American citizen has ever made and D.C. residents will never make as we approach the 216th year in their fight for equal treatment in their country.”Bowser said “District residents aren’t demanding special treatment but equal treatment from the country that we love” and Mendelson pointed out that city residents are the “only citizens on Earth that cannot participate in their national legislature.”Carper, who held the first D.C. statehood hearing in 20 years, in 2014, said that “people in D.C. deserve statehood because they pay taxes and serve in the military.”Norton conceded that she and Carper’s bills have little chance for passage because the Republican majorities in both chambers think only a Constitutional amendment can grant statehood or that the District, except for the federal enclave, should retrocede into Maryland. Norton has rejected both ideas and said that Maryland elected officials aren’t interested in having the District as a part of their state.While support for statehood is strong among residents, the methods used by Norton and Bowser have been questioned by some. “The constitutional convention that the city had last year had a lot of problems,” Ann Hume Loikow, a statehood activist for decades, told the AFRO. “We need to have a real constitutional convention where some of the problems dealing with D.C. being a state are thought through . . . The people voted for statehood and the District government needs to devote the resources to see how this will work.”
‘New (Narendra Modi) government has given a new signal. So they (Pakistan) spoiled the talks, they spoiled the game,’ Swaraj told Indian reporters here after her meeting with the IBSA foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session.Swaraj was asked to comment on Pakistan’s national security and foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz’s remarks that talks between the two countries can happen only if New Delhi takes the initiative since India was the one which cancelled the 25 August talks. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISwaraj said: ‘No question of first or second. As far as our reaction is concerned we have said repeatedly that if a reaction had to come it had to come at this time only. The initiative was there from our side,’ she said.She said it was Indian prime minister Narendra Modi who had invited Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony.During the bilateral meeting between the two prime ministers it was discussed that trade should start immediately at the Wagah-Attari border, said Swaraj. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindShe said Sharif had suggested that foreign secretaries should meet for bilateral talks and ‘we agreed to that.’‘But just as the talks are about to happen on the 25th (August), four days prior to that the (Pakistani envoy) is talking with Hurriyat leaders, then who spoiled the game,’ she asked.Aziz had also remarked that there was nothing new in Pakistani officials talking to Hurriyat leaders and such talks have been happening for the last 20 years.Swaraj said as far as talks with Hurriyat leaders are concerned, the leaders who came from Pakistan used to talk with the group.But ‘for the first time prime minister Nawaz Sharif came to India and he did not talk to them because he understood India’s signal. Things began from there,’ she said.‘But before any talks, the ambassador has met with the Hurriyat leaders, that has never happened,’ Swaraj said.