DUBAI — Iran was bracing for a renewed wave of protests Thursday, one day after authorities reportedly disrupted mobile internet access across the country.
Iran’s authorities have restricted mobile internet access in several provinces, an Iranian news agency reported on Wednesday, following a trend of social media posts and messages from relatives of those killed in unrest last month calling for more protests and ceremonies to commemorate the dead.
State media, meanwhile, said intelligence ministry agents had seized a cache of 126 mostly U.S.-made guns smuggled to the central city of Isfahan from abroad.
The protests were initially sparked in November by hikes in gasoline prices but demonstrators quickly expanded their demands to cover calls for more political freedom and other issues.
The government, which launched the bloodiest crackdown on demonstrators in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic, blamed foreign enemies for stoking tensions.
An official denied any order by the authorities to block the internet, which was shut down for about a week in the November unrest. A news agency also cited mobile operators saying their services had not been disrupted.
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The semi-official news agency ILNA quoted an informed source at the Communications and Information Technology Ministry as saying mobile internet access to overseas sites was blocked by “security authorities” in Alborz, Kurdestan and Zanjan provinces in central and western Iran and Fars in the south.
“According to this source, it is possible that more provinces will be affected by the shutdown of mobile international connectivity,” Reuters reported the ILNA as saying.
Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said on Twitter: “Confirmed: Evidence of mobile internet disruption in parts of #Iran …real-time network data show two distinct drops in connectivity this morning amid reports of regional outages; incident ongoing.”
The shutdown appeared to be spreading.
“I just checked myself and asked a friend, and the internet is off on our mobiles,” a resident in Ahvaz, the capital of the oil-producing Khuzestan province, told Reuters.
But a communications ministry spokesman denied there was an order to shut down the internet. “No such order has been issued by the judiciary or other relevant authorities. The Fake News are at work,” Jamal Hadian said in a Twitter post.
Iran’s three mobile operators also denied experiencing any internet disruptions, the YJC news agency reported.
In Alborz province, one of the areas affected by the shutdown, authorities this week arrested the parents of a young man who was shot dead during the protests, after pressuring them to call off a commemoration for their son scheduled for Thursday, citing concerns it could create unrest.
The weapons seized in Isfahan included assault rifles, handguns and pellet guns, the state news agency IRNA said. “Most of the weapons carry USA badges and are American-made,” it added.
The internet blockage made it difficult for protesters to post videos on social media to generate support and also to obtain reliable reports on the extent of the unrest.
The United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s communications minister last month for his role in “widescale internet censorship,” a reference to the nationwide shutdown.
Iran has blamed “thugs” linked to exiles and foreign foes — the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia — for stirring up unrest through social media.
During the protests, hundreds of banks and public buildings were attacked and damaged.
Media Advisory: Memorandum of Understanding on Education to be Signed in Happy Valley-Goose Bay – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation and Minister of Labrador Affairs, and Scott Reid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Education with the NunatuKavut Community Council tomorrow (Friday, September 30).
Minister Dempster and Parliamentary Secretary Reid will be joined by Todd Russell, President, NunatuKavut Community Council and Christina White, Director of Schools, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District at this signing.
The event will take place at Queen Peace Middle School, Happy Valley – Goose Bay beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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Black Market Releasing Launches With Screening Of Award-winning Filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer Film “With Wonder”
TORONTO, ON – In celebration of LGBT History Month, Canada’s Black Market Releasing (BMR) officially launches with a screening of award-winning filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer film “With Wonder” The soul-searching feature documentary will be followed by a talkback with the Cast & Crew at the Carlton Cinemas. BMR will formally announce the screening dates for the Canadian Screening Tour of “With Wonder” happening until 2023 in Cineplex Cinemas across Canada. The evening will be hosted by a Canadian dancer and choreographer best known for his regular appearances on the reality television series Canada’s Drag Race. Hollywood Jade. The screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by award-winning storyteller and LGBT activist Rhoma Spencer; featuring the film’s producer Byron Wong of Iron Soul Media, Andreanna Chin and distribution experts Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTMG and Distribution partner, Michael Dob bin of Capitol Media Group.
“With Wonder” is a love letter to God, asking the question, can you be a Christian and Queer. Queer activists from around the world, a Queer/Transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American comedian in LA; rural Queer folks in Jamaica and Black; Asian and South Asian Queer Clerics in London, San Francisco, and New York search for the answer on this journey. Their stories, though sometimes strained, are all connected by their Faith & Lewis’s poignant portrayal of their queerness. “With Wonder” is heartfelt and honest, delving into what for some might be uncomfortable conversations. The QPOC people in the film have come to terms and come out the other side, living their truth with the power of who they are.
“Since its inception the team at Black Market Releasing has stayed focused on its mission to find and release new and authentic stories from the BIPOC community. Entrance and recognition are necessary for BIPOC filmmakers. New films with diverse perspectives need a theatrical home. Simply. They need to be seen. We’ll be on tour across Canada, starting in Toronto, with the feature documentary “With Wonder”. It’s my sincere hope that introducing films like “With Wonder” to audiences everywhere, will lead to a better understanding and acceptance of the BIPOC community and their stories.”
WHAT: BLACK Market Releasing Official Launch with a special screening of of award-winning filmmaker Sharon Lewis’ Queer film “With Wonder”
WHEN: Oct 14, 2022
TIME: 6:30PM EST – Media Reception
7:30PM EST – Screening
LOCATION: Imagine Cinemas Carlton – 20 Carlton Street, Toronto
Black Market Releasing (BMR) is a part of the CaribbeanTales Media Group, founded by award winning Filmmaker and Academy member, Frances-Anne Solomon, and in partnership with Capital Motion Picture Group. BMR is a visionary new company, choosing bold, new, and authentic stories from diverse perspectives, introducing them to audiences around the world. BMR and The With Wonder Tour would not be possible without the support of Telefilm Canada. BMR is recognized by Telefilm as an authorized theatrical distributor in Canada.
Watch the official “With Wonder” trailer https://vimeo.com/686193132
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Four Supportive Living Units To Open In Swift Current | News and Media – Government of Saskatchewan
Released on September 29, 2022
Swift Current residents living with brain injuries or disabilities will have improved access to affordable housing, thanks to investments from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, and Mental Health and Addictions Minister and Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley, on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Gene Makowsky, and representatives from Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing (PPIH) will celebrate the grand opening of four supportive housing units.
Through the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy, the project received $656,000 in funding.
The new four-plex is located at 302 Central Avenue South in Swift Current. These one-bedroom units include outdoor spaces and were designed to be suitable for individuals with brain injuries, with one designed for additional accessibility.
“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Hussen. “These new four-plex homes will provide stability and access to vital support services needed to live comfortably and with dignity. This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”
“The Government of Saskatchewan knows that affordable housing helps people live in our communities to their fullest potential, and that some people may need additional support to live independently,” Hindley said. “That is why we are proud to support our partners at Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing as they develop housing options that offer residents dignity and security and contributes to their well-being, participation and success. I thank Prairie Pioneers for their important work that makes a difference in our community – and especially in the lives of their residents.”
“Upon acquiring the old Pioneer Lodge site, the board of Prairie Pioneer Independent Housing created a long-term vision to provide housing options for seniors with varying needs and who require specialized housing supports,” Prairie Pioneers Independent Housing CEO Deborah DeMars said. “This is our inaugural build on this new site and we look forward to continuing to build and create exciting housing options for seniors in our community.”
- PPIH has worked with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to determine the best way to house individuals with brain injuries. They have seen success when those with brain injuries live in safe, affordable and quiet supported living spaces, which inspire dignity and security.
- The four-plex is located near the PPIH administrative office, allowing management to have regular and informal contact with tenants who have higher needs.
- Pursuant to the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement will invest $449.9 million over the next 10 years, cost matched by the federal and provincial governments, in housing across the province. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have reached agreement on the first three-year action plan.
- Canada’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) is a 10-year, $72+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.
- As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, please visit cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
- Under the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement, housing is a key priority in providing a better quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, has invested $786 million to develop more than 12,000 housing units and repair nearly 5,500 homes. SHC has also invested more than $61 million to build nearly 300 units in residential care homes, and $430 million to improve provincially-owned housing. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services
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