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What to expect from Ottawa’s memorial service and parade to honour the late queen

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OTTAWA — The bells at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa will toll on Monday as the nation bids farewell to the late Queen Elizabeth.

Memorial events in the capital will recognize the queen’s long life and reign with a parade, church service, gun salute and fighter jet flyby.

Here’s what to know:

What is planned?

After the queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police will parade through the streets of Ottawa Monday morning beginningat 10:10 a.m. EDT.

The procession is expected to pass the National War Memorial and National Aboriginal Veterans Monument before arriving at the church.

During the parade, CAF members will perform a gun salute with 96 salvos, one for each year of the queen’s life.

A service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral starting at 11 a.m. EDT, where 600 dignitaries, diplomats, and prominent Canadians have been invited to take part.

The program is expected to last about one hour and 15 minutes.

After the service, the church bells will toll as CF-18 Hornet fighter jets fly over Parliament Hill and the cathedral in an aerial salute known as the “missing person” formation.

What will the service include?

The queen served asSupreme Governor of the Church of England and was a member of the Anglican faith. Though the commemorative ceremony will be held in an Anglican Church, many elements of the service are expected to be non-denominational.

The program is expected to include prayers, hymns, choir performances, musical interludes by Canadian artists and an original piece composed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The eulogy will be delivered by a civilian who has yet to be publicly named, but who senior government officials refer to as an “eminent Canadian.”

Who will be there?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon will lead a Canadian delegation to London, England, for the queen’s funeral.

The guest list for the service in Ottawa has not yet been released but is likely to include dignitaries, diplomats, former prime ministers and governors general, as well as representatives from organizations and charities with whom the queen had a close relationship.

How can other people take part?

The government has invited Canadians to visit downtown Ottawa on Monday to take part in the events. The public is encouraged to line up along the parade route to watch the procession. Large screens will also display video footage of the parade and the service on Wellington Street in front of the Garden of the Provinces and Territories.

Where else can people watch?

People who can’t make it to Ottawa will still be able to watch the televised events.

The parade and service will be carried live on the Canadian Heritage website and YouTube channel, as well as “The Crown in Canada” Facebook page.

Are there any security concerns?

Government officials who provided a briefing on the condition they not be named say they have no specific security concerns but are “keeping an eye out” and making sure they have a plan in case anything unexpected happens.

The government is working with local police agencies to plan for the event, though officials would not release the number of officers that have been engaged.

Several streets are also expected to be closed around downtown Ottawa.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2022.

 

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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Falling apart and alone

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Falling apart and alone

I Knew someone who struggled
to keep himself clean and free from the itch.
But no matter how he worked towards sobriety
this man could not achieve his freedom dream.

Describing how this interior struggled continued
day in and day out into the night.
While he worked, played and shopped throughout the day
this itch, craving and pain would not subside.

There was the time he watched over the kids,
like a careful daddy was he,
but then while the toddlers were playing free,
he found a bottle of booze he once hid away.

All his attention was on the bottle,
and for a time he forgot the little ones in his care.
His attention was centred upon that booze
like a sniper’s target, it became the world to him.

A sharp cry from a child pivoted his attention,
to the one who demanded all he had to give that day
and this man held his child dearly
and poured that dreaded booze into the sink.

Day by day, minute by minute he struggles,
the itch he feels will not go away.
Too much coffee, a drink perhaps will bring him to a cliff of despair,
as this man searches for a way to freedom’s glory.

Acknowledging that he cannot do it alone,
that he needs a helping loving hand,
Opening himself to another’s assistance realized,
the victim becomes much more than an addict.

No longer alone, but part of a fellowship was he,
from AA, family or friend came a helping hand.
Alone he was a weak substitute to the mighty,
but together with another, he becomes a powerful “We”.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Corporate Profiteering. Inflation Matters

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Many companies have been able to raise their prices beyond their own increased costs over the past two years, swelling their profitability but also exacerbating inflation. That is very true in the automobile market, where dealerships are paying manufacturers for more inventory, while charging customers even higher prices, sending their profits toward record highs. They can do so by blaming disruptions in the supply chain, and automotive parts, providing too few sedans and other vehicles. If there is an opportunity to make greater profits, these dealerships are going for it big time.

While production is generally increasing, and interest-sensitive demand is cooling, pressures to reduce vehicle margins and prices have appeared. The greater volume of new vehicles may bring prices to the bay, but certainly not reduce them quickly. Taking the profit is a limited-time deal, and these businesses will surely advance profitability. The Central Banks’ move to increase interest rates in an effort to reduce inflation will partly hinge upon how easily companies will surrender their hefty profits If firms reduce their prices in order to bring about competition within the marketplace, price increases may slow and hopefully not result in job losses. There will be a struggle between holding onto larger profits and the Central Banks’ squeeze on the economy and quashing demand that creates and fuels inflation.

There is a power struggle between consumers and corporations, and with the support of the public authority, corporations must experience some financial pain. Image is everything today, and a corporation seen as a scrooge, treating consumers as afterthought financial partners within the market will suffer in many ways.

Our marketplace is still suffering from three forces of economic manipulation…

1. Supply Chains are still wounded by the pandemic. Supply chains have not fully healed.
2. Demand for products may be slowing down, but the momentum to grow remains.
3. Firms that are used to making huge profits, are proving to be hesitant to lower their prices.

Many firms believe there is still unmet demand for their products, and also believe that supply/manufacturing will not be roaring back any time soon. Profiteering Firms still believe that consumers have been able to bear the rate increases and the increasing prices that will follow, no matter how out of whack our supply and demand sector remains.

Economists fear that interest rates must continue to rise further to a point where consumers have had enough pain and we all see a pause in demand.

With this problem before us, the issue of public and consumer debt lies before us all. Trillions of borrowed dollars must be eventually repaid. The borrowed amounts are unfathomable, and much of it is owed to foreign debt holders. Even if inflation drops to acceptable levels, the debt clock continues to pound away, increasing in volume and financial influential importance.

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Indian government warns of rise in hate crimes, 'anti-India activities' in Canada – CBC News

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The Indian government says there’s been a rise in “hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities” in Canada and is warning Indian nationals in the country, including students, to be on the alert.

The news release issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Friday did not say what prompted the warning. It said the ministry and Indian diplomats have brought several incidents to the attention of Canadian authorities. It also said the alleged perpetrators have not been brought to justice.

“In view of the increasing incidences of crimes as described above, Indian nationals and students from India in Canada and those proceeding to Canada for travel/education are advised to exercise due caution and remain vigilant,” the release said.

The release also did not point to any data or evidence of an increase in hate crimes.

CBC News has reached out to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs for more details but has not received a response. A number of Canadian federal government departments also have not responded to CBC’s queries.

Earlier this week, Sikh organizers held what they called a referendum in Brampton, Ont. on whether there should be an independent Sikh state in northern India called Khalistan.

Proponents of Khalistan seek to establish a Sikh homeland in India’s Punjab region. The movement’s activities in Canada have caused tension between the Canadian and Indian governments, and also internally within the Liberal caucus

Capt. Amarinder Singh, the former chief minister of Punjab, has even accused senior ministers in the Trudeau government of sympathizing with the movement — accusations they’ve denied.

The advisory was issued a day after an Indian government official condemned the Brampton vote in a news conference.

Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, called it a “farcical exercise” and said it was held by “extremists and radical elements.”

Bagchi added that the matter has been brought up with the Canadian government through diplomatic channels.

“The government of Canada has reiterated that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and that they will not recognize the so-called referendum,” Bagchi said.

Statistics Canada said in a report earlier this year that there were 119 police-reported hate crimes in Canada targeting the South Asian population in 2020 — an increase of 38 incidents over 2019.

Police investigating vandalism incidents

Earlier this week, a Hindu temple in Toronto was defaced with the word “Khalistan” as well as “Death to India” in Urdu.

A spokesperson for Toronto Police told CBC News on Friday that the investigation is ongoing and they have not identified a suspect.

“The Hate Crime Unit has not seen a notable trend in hate crimes against people of Indian/South Asian descent,” the spokesperson said.

“We do understand that underreporting of hate crimes is a challenge and that the numbers reported may not accurately reflect what is occurring in our city.”

In July, vandals defaced a statue of Indian civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi in Richmond Hill — again, with the word “Khalistan.” York Regional Police said they’re investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

A spokesperson for York police told CBC News Friday that they have not identified any suspects yet.

Statement is intimidation, expert says

Chinnaiah Jangam, an associate professor of history at Carleton University who specializes in South Asia, said the threat to Indian nationals alleged in the advisory is exaggerated. 

“Though there is a right-wing extremism asserting [itself in Canada], I don’t think there is any threat to any minorities here,” Jangam told CBC News.

He said the target audience for the advisory may not be Indian nationals in Canada but rather supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leader, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — as well as BJP and Modi critics abroad.

“Most importantly, the issue of the statement has domestic implications in Indian politics,” Jangam said. 

“It is for consumption of [Modi’s] own vote base in India, and also to basically suppress any sort of dissent toward India in North America.”

Chinnaiah Jangam, a professor in Carleton University’s department of history, said the Indian government’s advisory may be an attempt to dissuade parts of the Indian diaspora from criticizing Hindu nationalism. (लैरी कैरी / सीबीसी)

Jangam has reported being the target of harassment and threats over his criticism of the Modi government and the BJP.

Tensions between local Indian Hindus and Muslims in Leicester, U.K., boiled over into unrest last week. The BBC reports that authorities arrested 47 people in relation to the incident.

Jangam said Indian government officials may be reacting to the events in Leicester by looking to suppress criticism of the Indian government’s treatment of minorities.

“They are preparing some sort of ground,” he said. “It’s very concerning.”

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