Air Canada Lands In Doghouse For Accidental E-mail Reply
There are an estimated 12,000 cluster bomb victims and their families living in Laos, Vietnam’s tiny landlocked neighbour of six million people. Baird is to announce the renewed Canadian funding in Vientiane, the Laotian capital, at a government-run health and rehab facility called the Cope Centre that also contains a small but powerful museum that describes the cluster bomb problem. Sources familiar with the details surrounding the announcement say Baird will announce $500,000 each for two UXO clearance operators based in Laos. They are the British-based Mines Advisory Groupand the country’s own homegrown clearance operator, UXO Lao. The $1 million will be administered through a United Nations Development Program trust fund. Officials urged Canada to restart funding The deputy director of UXO Lao had effusive praise for Canada’s past funding of the sector during an interview earlier this year, but was one of several officials urging Canada to restart funding. “Maybe there’s some other internal issue the Canadian people consider more important to resolve,” said Wanthong Khamdala. “But I’d like to request to the Canadian government to consider again to support.” Baird’s announcement will take place in the Cope Centre, which former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited in July 2012 on her historic visit to Laos. Clinton met Phongsavath Manithong, who lost both his hands and was blinded by a cluster bomb on his 16th birthday in February 2008. Phongsavath told The Canadian Press in a lengthy interview at the centre earlier this year that his country needs more financial help to assist victims of cluster bombs. “We need more help from the American government,” he said. “They are a rich country. That’s not enough to help the disabled people, the survivors.” Bill to ratify convention includes out clause for Canada Canada is a signatorybut has yet to ratify the international treaty that seeks to ban cluster bomb use.
Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.” Larry’s temporary owner said she was furious when she heard about the message. “I was angry… (but) I was not surprised that someone could be that stupid. It was an incredibly stupid, very cold, callous e-mail,” Jutta Kulic said from Sacramento, where she is traveling for a dog show. Kulic, who lives in Ohio, said she was taking care of Larry after his owner, a friend, died of cancer.
Chico’s FAS Announces First International Expansion White House Black Market to Enter Canada
“As White House Black Market grows in Canada , we look forward to making the women of Canada Feel Beautiful.” “We believe Canada is a great first foray into the international arena for Chico’s FAS, as it represents a natural extension of our brands,” says David Dyer , President and Chief Executive Officer of Chico’s FAS, Inc. “From our robust customer file, we already know that there are a significant number of Chico’s FAS customers in Canada .” The store front design at Yorkdale Shopping Centre will include a unique mix of design elements and materials including white Carrara marble, polished chrome, black lacquer panels, striped fabric awnings, and an oversized cut-crystal chandelier. The interior of the White House Black Market boutiques will have an over-arching black-and-white palette that incorporates currated finishes including wood and marble floors, beautiful crystal chandeliers and sconces, mirrored accents, striped satin draperies and velvet upholstery. The furniture selection combines lacquered wood, polished chrome, molded aluminum, marble and glass. The White House Black Market Yorkdale Shopping Centre boutique grand opening will be celebrated with a private reception on Wednesday, October 23 rd from 6-8PM in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network benefitting The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto . At 6PM , Chico’s FAS Inc. CEO, David Dyer and White House Black Market Brand President, Donna Noce will present a check to SickKids Foundation’s President and CEO, Ted Garrard , followed by a ribbon cutting to mark the brands entry to the Canadian market. The WH|BM boutique will open to the public on October 24 th at 10am . ABOUT CHICO’S FAS, INC. The Company, through its brands Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper, is a women’s specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. White House | Black Market strives to make women feel beautiful with apparel and accessories in the honest simplicity of black and white and the individuality of styles built from it. White House | Black Market currently operates 416 boutiques and 52 outlets, publishes a catalog highlighting its latest fashions and connects with customers at www.whbm.com and www.whbm.com/canada . About SickKids Foundation Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada . Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids — one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions.
Harper’s Canada: Hypocrisy And Double Standards
Thanks to Harper and his unending appetite to remain in power at any cost, Canada has lost its place in the world stage to the disappointment of many Canadians.For example, Harper is not considered seriously by other world leaders not even by Canadas closest neighbour, the United States of America, and its President Barrack Obama.There is another reason for them to push Harper away: as a person he is known to be cold, aloof; an introvert with no sense of humour or any sort of friendliness with anyone not even with his own cabinet colleagues.Canada has failed to produce another leader as famous as Pierre Trudeau. May be his son Justin, the current leader of the Liberal Party, might be able to live up his fathers reputation, and put Canada back on the world map, if he becomes the next Prime Minister. However, even young Justin Trudeau will fail if he tries to follow Harpers method to gain votes of the ethnic groups in Canada, like the aggressive and sometimes violent supporters of Tamil Tigers who have discredited not only Canada but the whole world with their brutality. Whilstneighbouring United States appears to take a somewhat hard-line on the supporters of Tamil Tigers, Harper, in sheerdesperation to win inthe province of Ontario, a Liberal stronghold,is going all out to appease the huge number of Tamil Tiger supporters living in Ontario. Therefore, he is damaging and hurting the bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka a countrywhich named the road from its only international airport Sri Lanka Canada friendship road. UN concerned over First Nations Harper has done a lot to undo that road of friendship by citing violation ofhuman rights in the island nation whilsthe has failed to set his own countrys human rights record straight. Harper has failed to treat the original sons and daughters of Canada The First Nations with respect and dignity. Instead, he has chosen the path to appease and shower love and praise to Tamil Tiger supporters purely to gain their votes. Canadians are criticizing the Harper government for dismissing UN concerns about the human rights situation in the country.Canada is currently undergoing a Universal Periodic Review at the UN, where members have expressed concern about the plight of the countrys indigenous people. The world is taking note of the ruling Conservatives shameful betrayal of Canadas once admirable reputation as a fair country sincerely working on the world stage to improve the lot of the disadvantaged and suffering. In the UN Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review, Canada was criticized to such an extent that the Council decided to send the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the situation in Canada. Harper learns a lesson in diplomacy However, the talking point in diplomatic circles world over is the hypocrisy and double standards of Harper when he decided to boycott the Commonwealth conference scheduled to be held in Sri Lankas capital Colombo next month.Many Canadians point out that Harper has slipped to the lowest level a leader of any country could fall to.At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Bali, Harper was snubbed by the prime ministers of New Zealand and Australia when Harper brought the subject of boycotting the CHOGM in Sri Lanka. They both told Harper, in no uncertain terms, that they would attend the Commonwealth conference in Colombo.Harper learnt a lesson from Tony Abbott, who was only recently elected as the Prime Minister of Australia, when he was told by Abbott how to deal with friends and how to develop friendships. Abbott said he considered Sri Lanka to be a friend.