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Narendra Modi critics in Canada achieve breakthrough as national media cover Citizenship Amendment Act protests – Straight.com

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Regular readers of Straight.com are well aware of the creeping fascism in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This is largely thanks to contributor Gurpreet Singh, who’s chronicled ongoing outrages in the country of his birth, including a clampdown on civil liberties in Kashmir and the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

He’s frequently covered majoritarian violence directed against Muslims and Christians—decried as “beef eaters” by Hindu fanatics—as well as the appalling treatment of Dalits, otherwise known as “untouchables”.

In addition, Singh has written about new books by Arundhati Roy and M.G. Vassanji, who have also raised an alarm about rising discrimination against minorities in the Modi era.

Hindu terrorists have not only escaped punishment, one accused anti-Muslim bomber, Pragya Singh Thakur, was nominated and elected to high political office with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

Journalist Rana Ayyub has linked the BJP’s president, Amit Shah, to the mass murder of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. He’s the home minister in the Modi government.

But until this weekend, all of these outrages in the world’s so-called largest democracy have been underreported or simply ignored by the Canadian media.

Canadian politicians, with extremely rare exceptions, have also kept their mouths shut about what’s taking place in India.

That cloak of silence was lifted, however, when supporters of secularism in India held rallies this weekend across Canada to protest the Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act.

For the first time since Modi visited Canada in 2015, protests against his government in Canadian cities were covered on national newscasts.

The growing outrage in Canada has finally penetrated the national consciousness. The heartbreak felt many South Asian immigrants to Canada over what’s occurring in the subcontinent is finally being acknowledged.

That marks a breakthrough.

However, Canadian politicians avoided these noisy demonstrations and the vast, vast majority of elected officials in this country remain insensitive to the community’s fears about what Modi might do in the future. And these same Canadian politicians have proven to be utterly useless to the brave Indians who challenge the prevailing Hindutva ideology of Hindu supremacy being advanced by Modi and his cohorts in the BJP.

Already, 23 people have died in India in uprisings against the citizenship legislation. It allows people fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship, as long as they’re not Muslims.

Indians Abroad for a Pluralist India held their demonstration in Holland Park in Surrey, B.C.
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Annie Ohana honoured at protest

Indians Abroad for Pluralist India’s demonstration in Surrey’s Holland Park began with a moment of silence. It was for those who’ve lost their lives in the recent Indian demonstrations.

Speakers included Muslim community leaders Itrath Syed, Furqan Gehlen, and Dawood Ismail; Hindu interfaith chaplain Arun Chatterjee; Sikh activists Gian Singh Gill and Kulwinder Singh; Niovi Patsicakis of the Global Peace Alliance; leftists Prabhjot Kaur Hundal, Rawait Singh, and Joseph Theriault; and educator and former NDP candidate Annie Ohana.

Ohana, who ran in Fleetwood–Port Kells in the last federal election, was presented with a medal of courage by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India for her willingness to speak up about what’s happening in India and her long record of antiracism.

She and another NDP candidate in the last federal election, Svend Robinson, are among the very few who’ve raised Canadians’ awareness about what’s occurring in India. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has also spoken out on the odd occasion.

In contrast, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, and members of B.C. premier John Horgan’s cabinet have not leveraged their high political positions to advance the cause of human rights in India since Modi became prime minister.

This is despite growing outrage among the South Asian diaspora, which is now seeping into the Canadian mainstream.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah embrace a radical form of Hindu nationalism known as Hindutva.

Another genocide around the corner?

In the words of Amnesty International, the Indian state is “criminalizing protest”.

Ominously, the Modi government plans to extend a National Register of Citizens from the northeastern state of Assam to all of India by 2021. If that happens, everyone will carry national identity cards.

The cabinet minister who will oversee this is none other than Amit Shah, the same minister who shut down the Internet in Kashmir, which is the only Muslim-majority region in the country. Politicians have been jailed and an entire region was turned into an open-air prison.

This has prompted fears that the BJP, which argues that India is a Hindu nation, may embark on a genocide against Muslims along the lines of what occurred in Gujarat in 2002 when Modi was the state’s chief minister.

It’s worth reviewing the words of Arundhati Roy in an essay about the anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat.

“The genocide began as collective punishment for an unsolved crime—the burning of a railway coash in which fifty-three Hindu pilgrims burned to death,” she writes in My Seditious Heart. “In a carefully planned orgy of supposed retaliation, two thousand Muslims were slaughtered in broad daylight by squads of armed killers, organized by fascist militias, and backed by the Gujarat government and the administration of the day.

“Muslim women were gang-raped and burned alive,” Roy continues. “Muslim shops, Muslim businesses, and Muslim shrines and mosques were systematically destroyed. Two thousand were killed and more than one hundred thousand people were driven from their homes.” 

Later in that same essay, she points out that the Congress politician who campaigned against Modi was “publicly butchered”. After Ehsan Jafri was cut to pieces, his body was set on fire so he could be burned alive.

“While the mob that lynched Jafri, murdered several people, and gang-raped twelve women—before burning them alive—was gathering, the Ahmedabad commissioner of police, P.C. Pandey, was kind enough to visit the neighbourhood,” Roy writes. “After Modi was reelected, Pandey was promoted and made Gujarat’s director general of police. The entire killing apparatus remains in place.”

Yes, the killing apparatus remains in place.

And the Canadian government, which professes such a keen interest in human rights, can’t be bothered to utter a peep of concern.

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TPX now representing AdLarge Media’s cabana portfolio in Canada

The Podcast Exchange (TPX), Canadian’s top podcast ad agency, expanded its brand dominance this week with an exclusive agreement to represent US-based AdLarge Media’s cabana portfolio for exclusive Canadian ad sales representation.

“We are simply delighted to be cabana podcasts’ strategic partner in Canada,” said TPX’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marie Heimrath. “cabana is our latest international signing and supports our business strategy to work with global publishers in partnership with advertisers to harness the full potential of the Canadian podcast audience.”

TPX was co-founded by Jean-Marie Heimrath and Jeff Ulster to offer consulting and co-production to ad sales and IP licensing to media and in particular the fast-growing podcast industry here in Canada. The privately held company took a quantum leap in Q1 2020 when Montreal music and media tech firm Stingray acquired a 30% interest in the firm.

The 50 most powerful Canadians

For the purposes of the 2021 Maclean’s Power List (below), we canvassed the landscape for Canadians with qualities we think represent power in a time of transformative change. By dint of their actions, words or character, they force us to watch, listen and learn. They are moving the needle in their chosen fields, and in many cases the wider world. Importantly, they are good-faith actors. History may judge them wrong, but they act in the belief that doing so will result in a better world.

You may notice therefore a shortage of power brokers in the conventional mould—bank CEOs, cabinet ministers, scions, high-powered lobbyists. For this list, warming a seat in the establishment doesn’t cut it. Nor does preserving the status quo. Nor, certainly, does exercising power for the mere sake of disruption. (Peddlers of conspiracy and disinformation could be thought of as influential; you will not find them in this ranking.)

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting square off at CRTC hearing

Executive Director Daniel Bernhard, Chair of the Board Aritha van Herk, and Vice-Chair Raymonde Lavoie present at the CRTC Hearings regarding the CBC license renewal, January 18, 2021.

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Fed continues to invest heavily in tax-free Facebook, Google advertising

Google and Facebook received a growing share of the federal government’s advertising budget after the Trudeau Liberals took power, as Ottawa quadrupled how much it spent each year on ads from the American web giants between 2015 and 2019.

Responding to the figures, New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said that, “at the very least,” Ottawa should ensure sales tax is charged on advertisements purchased from Google and Facebook. – Alex Balllingall, The Star

What President Biden means for telecom in Canada

Canada is ushering in some new blood too with François-Philippe Champagne replacing Navdeep Bains as minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), thanks to a recent cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As the new minister responsible for the telecom file, Champagne may bring a difference in tone and possibly direction.

We canvassed some Canadian telecom industry watchers we like about these developments. Here’s a summary of what they expect on both sides of the border over the next few years. – Peter Nowak, TekSavvy blog

Netflix subscriber base soars to forecast break even status

Netflix reported that its paid streaming subscribers rose to 203.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter, up 23% from a year ago.

The streamer said the new season of The Crown drew more than 100 million households in its first 28 days, exceeding the total for its prior seasons. 

The Midnight Sky, starring and directed by George Clooney was Netflix’s biggest movie in the quarter with 72 million households watching in its first four weeks. The film Over the Moon attracted 43-million-member households and Netflix projected that We Can Be Heroes will reach 53 million households in its first four weeks. – Jon Lafayette, Broadcast + Cable

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Lingo Media's ELL Technologies to Present at the LAAA, LATAM Accreditation Association Conference – Canada NewsWire

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TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2021 /CNW/ – Lingo Media Corporation (TSXV: LM) (OTC: LMDCF) (FSE: LIMA) (“Lingo Media“) subsidiary, ELL Technologies (“ELL Technologies”), a global provider of digital and print-based English language learning solutions, will be presenting at the LAAAA, LATAM Accreditation Association www.latam-aa.org virtual conference event on January 23rd and 24th, 2021.

This virtual event offers teachers, coordinators, and directors involved in language teaching an opportunity to engage in professional development by way of a unique and highly relevant international conference, focusing on the latest research, practical insights for the face to face and virtual classroom, and a vision for the future of language education. 

ELL Technology will present as part of the keynote speaker event “Building Community and Connection in Our Online Learning Spaces”

About ELL Technologies

ELL Technologies Ltd. is a digital language learning and assessment company that creates innovative SaaS eLearning solutions. The Toronto-based company offers more than 2,000 hours of English learning content and also has courses in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Portuguese.

ELL Technologies’ products and programs are marketed through established sales channels to key education, government and business organizations in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Follow ELL Technologies On:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELLTechnologies/
LinkedIn:   https://ca.linkedin.com/company/elltechnologies 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ELLTechnologiez

About Lingo Media (TSX-V:LM) (OTC:LMDCF) (FSE:LIMA)

Lingo Media is a global EdTech company that is ‘Changing the way the world learns languages‘, developing and marketing products for learners of new languages through various life stages, from classroom to boardroom. By integrating education and technology, the company empowers language educators to easily transition from traditional teaching methods to digital learning.

Lingo Media provides both online and print-based solutions through two distinct business units: ELL Technologies and Lingo Learning.  ELL Technologies provides online training and assessment for language learning, while Lingo Learning is a print-based publisher of English language learning programs in China.

Lingo Media has established successful relationships with key government and industry organizations internationally, with a presence in Latin America, China and the U.S., and continues to both extend its global reach and expand its product offerings.

Follow Lingo Media On:                                                                      

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LingoMedia
Twitter:      https://twitter.com/LingoMediaCorp
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/lingomedialm 
LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/company/lingo-media-corporation
RSS:         http://feeds.feedburner.com/LingoMedia

Portions of this press release may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of securities laws.  These statements are made in reliance upon Sections 21E and 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, performance, or expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may vary materially from management’s expectations and projections and thus readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statementsLingo Media has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” and similar expressions. Lingo Media’s expectations, among other things, are dependent upon general economic conditions, the continued and growth in demand for its products, retention of its key management and operating personnel, its need for and availability of additional capital as well as other uncontrollable or unknown factors. No assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by US Federal securities laws, Lingo Media undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.  Certain factors that can affect the Company’s ability to achieve projected results are described in the Company’s filings with the Canadian and United States securities regulators available on www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE

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For further information: Lingo Media, Khurram Qureshi, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (647) 831-1462, Email: [email protected]; To learn more, visit us at lingomedia.com

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TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2021 /CNW/ – Lingo Media Corporation (TSXV: LM) (OTC: LMDCF) (FSE: LIMA) (“Lingo Media“) subsidiary, ELL Technologies (“ELL Technologies”), a global provider of digital and print-based English language learning solutions, will be presenting at the LAAAA, LATAM Accreditation Association www.latam-aa.org virtual conference event on January 23rd and 24th, 2021.

This virtual event offers teachers, coordinators, and directors involved in language teaching an opportunity to engage in professional development by way of a unique and highly relevant international conference, focusing on the latest research, practical insights for the face to face and virtual classroom, and a vision for the future of language education. 

ELL Technology will present as part of the keynote speaker event “Building Community and Connection in Our Online Learning Spaces”

About ELL Technologies

ELL Technologies Ltd. is a digital language learning and assessment company that creates innovative SaaS eLearning solutions. The Toronto-based company offers more than 2,000 hours of English learning content and also has courses in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Portuguese.

ELL Technologies’ products and programs are marketed through established sales channels to key education, government and business organizations in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Follow ELL Technologies On:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ELLTechnologies/
LinkedIn:   https://ca.linkedin.com/company/elltechnologies 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ELLTechnologiez

About Lingo Media (TSX-V:LM) (OTC:LMDCF) (FSE:LIMA)

Lingo Media is a global EdTech company that is ‘Changing the way the world learns languages‘, developing and marketing products for learners of new languages through various life stages, from classroom to boardroom. By integrating education and technology, the company empowers language educators to easily transition from traditional teaching methods to digital learning.

Lingo Media provides both online and print-based solutions through two distinct business units: ELL Technologies and Lingo Learning.  ELL Technologies provides online training and assessment for language learning, while Lingo Learning is a print-based publisher of English language learning programs in China.

Lingo Media has established successful relationships with key government and industry organizations internationally, with a presence in Latin America, China and the U.S., and continues to both extend its global reach and expand its product offerings.

Follow Lingo Media On:                                                                      

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LingoMedia
Twitter:      https://twitter.com/LingoMediaCorp
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/lingomedialm 
LinkedIn:   https://www.linkedin.com/company/lingo-media-corporation
RSS:         http://feeds.feedburner.com/LingoMedia

Portions of this press release may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of securities laws.  These statements are made in reliance upon Sections 21E and 27A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results, performance, or expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may vary materially from management’s expectations and projections and thus readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statementsLingo Media has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” and similar expressions. Lingo Media’s expectations, among other things, are dependent upon general economic conditions, the continued and growth in demand for its products, retention of its key management and operating personnel, its need for and availability of additional capital as well as other uncontrollable or unknown factors. No assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with the forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by US Federal securities laws, Lingo Media undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.  Certain factors that can affect the Company’s ability to achieve projected results are described in the Company’s filings with the Canadian and United States securities regulators available on www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE

SOURCE Lingo Media Corporation

For further information: Lingo Media, Khurram Qureshi, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (647) 831-1462, Email: [email protected]; To learn more, visit us at lingomedia.com

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http://www.lingomedia.com

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