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Election Campaigning: things could get worse before they get better

TORONTO – I feel sorry for Trudeau. Nothing in his campaign seems to resonate with the general public. Every step his campaign designs instead appears counter-intuitive and “testy”. In fact, fewer and fewer people are willing to “cut him any slack”. It seems only yesterday that the easy solution to the country’s ills was a simple selfie of the Liberal leader. Today, polls are laying bare some acrimonious discontent. Some of it merciless. From Surrey to Cambridge to New Brunswick to Bolton to London, disparate crowds hound the Liberal Leader, hurling their profanities, their churlish rudeness and stones. Many among the protesters are women, giving a newer meaning to the term the “gentler sex”.  (more…)

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Afghanistan, the new Islamic government: among the ministers a ‘wanted’ from the FBI. Italy: “We will return to Kabul”

KABUL – Italy and Afghanistan: faraway, so close. After the “Taliban” opening in recent days, with the invitation of the spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid to reopen the tricolor embassy in Kabul, today the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, declared that Italy wants to guarantee a government presence in the Islamic Emirate. “With the countries of the area and with our partners we are reflecting on the creation of a joint presence in Afghanistan with mainly consular functions and which serves as an immediate point of contact”, said Di Maio in the briefing on Afghanistan in the Parliament. (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of September 6, 2021, at 4:30pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in the UK logged 41,192 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 7 million. Of the cumulative total, 80.3% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 45, bringing the total number of fatalities to 133,274.

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The election vacuum: serious discussions absent

TORONTO – Election campaigns are always full of surprises. One would be tempted to think that they are all about issues revolving around HOW dedicated men and women would shape our future. I try to pay attention; still under the influence of a romantic nostalgia for a democratic process that never was, I guess, or perhaps I am totally naïve.  (more…)

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Covid, Ontario still over 800 cases. 72% involves unvaccinated people or with a single dose of the vaccin

TORONTO – Ontario remains above 800 new daily cases of Covid-19 and the seven-day moving average continues to rise: 757 compared to the 688 average daily infections a week ago. On Sunday (latest data available for Ontario), 811 new cases and 3 deaths were recorded in the province. On Saturday there were 944 infections, on Friday 805. The provincial laboratories processed 22,410 test samples, generating a positive rate of at least 2.9%.  (more…)

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Conservatives on the run, the debate in Quebec does not change the balance

TORONTO – The debate in Quebec on September 2 between the leaders did not shift the balance of power between the parties. The confirmation comes from the last 8 polls carried out after the debate in French which highlight how the Conservative Party led by Erin O’Toole continues to enjoy a comforting margin of advantage over the liberals of Justin Trudeau. Jagmeet Singh’s NDP continues to play the role of third inconvenience while the percentage of undecided remains high. The gap that divides the conservatives from the Liberal Party ranges from the 1.5 percent detected by Nanos to 6.4 percent highlighted by Ekos. In general, tories are stabilising at around 35 per cent, while grits range from 28.1 per cent to 33 per cent.  (more…)

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Afghanistan, the Pope: “I pray that many countries will protect those seeking a new life”

 

VATICAN CITY – “Help the Afghans”. The call comes from St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. It was launched by Pope Francis, after the Sunday Angelus. “In these troubled times that see Afghans seeking refuge – said the Pontiff – , I pray for the most vulnerable among them. I pray that many countries will welcome and protect those seeking a new life. I pray also for the internally displaced persons and that they may receive assistance and the necessary protection. May young Afghans receive education, an essential good for human development. And may all Afghans, whether at home, in transit, or in host countries, live with dignity, in peace and fraternity with their neighbours”.  (more…)

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A virus that has a fatality rate higher than COVID-19 

TORONTO – In 2018, 835,175 Ontarians were recorded as “multiple property owners” by Statistics Canada.  In July 2020, we were just getting over the First Wave and CTV was reporting:  “Cottage real estate market heats up with more Canadians working remotely”.  In April 2021, the Globe & Mail reported that “in Toronto, as many as 1 in 5 homeowners own more than one property”(more…)

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Elections of the Comites: a meeting with the C.t.i.m. at the Italian Center in Vancouver

VANCOUVER – A meeting in view of the upcoming elections for the renewal of the Comites, the Committees for Italians Abroad: it is promoted by the Tricolor Committee for Italians in the World (C.t.i.m.), British Columbia Delegation, for next September 17, at 7.30pm, at the restaurant of the Italian Cultural Center, 3075 Slocan Street, in Vancouver.  (more…)

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More than 3,000 evacuees arrived now in Canada from Afghanistan

OTTAWA – Canada evacuated over 3,700 people from Afghanistan: more than 3,000 evacuees have now arrived in Canada, which includes more than 900 passengers who arrived on four flights since Sunday, August 29. “We expect more to arrive here in the near future”, said today Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs.  (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of September 2, 2021, at 4:00pm EST.

On Thursday, health officials in India logged 45,430 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 32.9million. Of the cumulative total, 97.5% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 641, bringing the total number of fatalities to 439,900.

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San Diego, facilitata la procedura per il passaporto elettronico

SAN DIEGO – “Esprimo piena soddisfazione per l’imminente attivazione della cosiddetta valigetta elettronica per rilevare i dati biometrici necessari per il passaporto elettronico al Consolato Onorario di San Diego”: a parlare è l’onorevole Fucsia Fitzgerald Nissoli (nella foto), deputata di Forza Italia eletta in Nord e Centro America. (more…)

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The “Ford factor” breaks into the election campaign, Conservatives ahead in the polls

TORONTO – With the Conservatives strengthening their lead over the Liberals, the “Ford factor” breaks into the campaign. The premier of Ontario, after a long silence that lasted more than five weeks, returned – tanned – in front of the cameras on Wednesday to present the vaccination passport that will come into force on September 22, two days after the federal vote. And during the press conference he launched two “torpedoes” against Justin Trudeau.  (more…)

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Covid-19, today 865 cases in Ontario: never so many in three months

TORONTO – It is necessary to go back until June 4th to find a bulletin of the daily cases of Covid-19 in Ontario that reports more than 850 infections: then the cases were 914. Today, in Ontario, we have not reached at that figure but we are close to it: 865 new infections in twenty-four hours, just now that the provincial health officials have been experiencing fewer than 700 infections for three days.  (more…)

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Niagara Centre: A key battleground for political parties

The electoral district of Niagara Centre (formerly known as Welland), is located in the Niagara Region. It is situated along the northeastern shore of Lake Erie and includes the cities of Port Colborne, Thorold, Welland and part of the City of St. Catharines.

Regionally, it is an area rich in history, culture and is comprised of several different ethnic groups. Italians, at 13% of the population, represent one of the largest ethnic groups in Niagara Centre.

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of September 1, 2021, at 4:30pm EST.

On Wednesday, health officials in Canada logged 1,357 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 1.5 million. Of the cumulative total, 96.1% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 15, bringing the total number of fatalities to 26,947.

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Ontario government to require Covid-19 vaccine certificates for many businesses and services

TORONTO – In the end, Ontario Premier Ford also won his reluctance toward the vaccine passport. Starting from September 22, going to the gym, going to the cinema or dining in a restaurant will require a certificate proving that you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.  (more…)

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Trudeau unveils 2021 election platform

TORONTO – Boosting the economy, supporting the middle class, funding for health care, arms control and fighting climate change. These are the key themes of the Liberal Party’s electoral platform presented today in Toronto by grit leader Justin Trudeau. A program, the one announced by the outgoing prime minister, which includes a total spending plan of 78 billion dollars spread over the next five years, with 13 billion that will be invested in the current fiscal year. (more…)

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York South-Weston: An urban centre rich in culture

The constituency of York South-Weston is located in central Toronto just south of Humber River-Black Creek and York Centre districts. The districts of Eglinton-Lawrence, Davenport, Parkdale-High Park and Etobicoke Centre also border the area.

With a population of 116,685 residents, the riding is home to a number of culturally diverse ethnic groups. According to Statistics Canada, in 2016 (most current data available), people who identify as Italian make up 13% of the constituents in the district. (more…)

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of August 31, 2021, at 6:00pm EST.

On Tuesday, health officials in Bangladesh logged 3,357 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 1.5 million. Of the cumulative total, 95.9% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 86, bringing the total number of fatalities to 26,195.

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Minister Garneau: “1,250 Canadian citizens still stuck in Afghanistan”

OTTAWA – Hundreds of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and family members remain in Afghanistan: Foreign Minister Marc Garneau (in the pic) revealed today, while the federal government announced its intention to resettle 5,000 Afghans already brought out of the country by the United States. “The main thing we needed to figure out was how many Canadian citizens or permanent residents and family members were able to board some of our allies’ flights,” Garneau said at a press conference today. “We estimate that there are currently around 1,250 Canadian citizens or permanent residents or family members who are in Afghanistan”.  (more…)

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The US leaves Kabul, the Taliban: “We are free from the invaders”

KABUL – The image of the American general who, lastly, boarded the plane which, with its take-off, marks the end of twenty years of mission in Afghanistan, went around the world. He is Christopher Donahue: 17 US military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Eastern Europe. And the image, tweeted by the U.S. Department of Defense, was taken at night: the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division (which is part of the 18th Airborne Corps based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) walks alone, with his weapon in his right hand, ready to board C-17 with the Kabul airport hangar in the background, just before the deadline set by the United States for evacuations (and the ultimatum of the Taliban).  (more…)

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Now Trudeau risks the perfect storm

TORONTO – The perfect storm, a nightmare scenario, is materializing for Justin Trudeau. The new polls certify the moment of great difficulty for the outgoing prime minister, who not only collects the strengthening of the Conservative Party in voting intentions, but who is also forced to suffer the growth of the NDP. The Liberal Party, which started on the eve of the election campaign clearly ahead, is currently strongly downsized, caught between two fires, with Erin O’Toole continuing to gnaw votes from the right and with Jagmeet Singh beginning to erode the consensus from the left. And this is precisely the most alarming fact that worries the entourage of the liberal leader: the rise, completely unexpected, of the neo-democrats.  (more…)

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Ontario, fewer cases but the average remains high

TORONTO – Ontario finally records a substantial decline in new Covid-19 cases, but the average remains high. Today 525 infections were recorded in the province, a significant decrease compared to the 694 on Monday, the 740 on Sunday, the 835 on Saturday and the 781 on Friday, but still increasing compared to 486 a week ago, so the moving average by seven days it still exceeds 700, for the first time since the beginning of June, to be precise since last June 8 when it was 703. This average has in fact seen an increase of 17% week after week and, today, stands at 702, compared to 600 a week ago.  (more…)

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Humber River-Black Creek: A “safe zone” for Liberal support

The constituency of Humber River-Black Creek is located at the northern edge of the Toronto city limits between the districts of York Centre and Etobicoke-North. Prior to 2015, the area was known as York West. It was changed to its current name following a riding redistribution process.

The area is comprised of a diverse population with people originating from several different ethnic backgrounds . According to Statistics Canada, in 2016 (most current data available), Italians make up a significant portion of the population, at 13%. (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of August 30, 2021, at 4:50pm EST.

On Monday, health officials in Russia logged 18,325 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 6.9 million. Of the cumulative total, 89.3% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 792, bringing the total number of fatalities to 182,429.

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TCDSB, children’s health at risk

TORONTO – In the midst of a thousand unknowns in a week in Ontario schools reopen. The uncertainty about what this school year will be weighs on parents, children, teachers, school staff. Online or face-to-face lessons, protocols – still unclear – to follow, vaccinations, a wave of Covid, the fourth, which generates anxiety and now also the problem of federal elections.  (more…)

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Conservatives ahead also in projections of seats in the Chamber

TORONTO – The third week of the election campaign continues along the lines of the second one. The Conservative Party, having leapfrogged the Liberals in their nationwide voting intentions and consolidated the lead, now also overtakes the distribution of seats in the House of Commons based on the latest projections. To certify the reversal of the balance of power also in the individual districts is the new elaboration presented by 338canada.com, the specialized portal that aggregates and analyzes the latest demoscopic surveys carried out on a national scale. Right now the party led by Erin O’Toole, strong of 33.5 percent of voting intentions, should win at least 142 electoral districts, with a prospect of growth of another 37 constituencies.  (more…)

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Covid-19, exceeded six thousand active cases in Ontario

TORONTO – The average of about 700 new daily cases of Covid-19 in Ontario is confirmed: today, the province recorded 694 infections (down from 740 on Sunday but up from 639 last Monday), out of a total of 18,561 tests processed, with a positive test that reached 3.6%, the highest ever seen in almost three months. The seven-day moving average is now 696, up from 581 a week ago. And for the first time since June 11, the number of active cases in Ontario today exceeded 6,000.  (more…)

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Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill: A key district in the election


The federal electoral district of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill is located just north of the constituency of Richmond Hill. It was created following the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and includes parts of York Region, Aurora and Richmond Hill.

Leona Alleslev is seeking re-election for the Conservatives. (more…)

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Italy, more than 3.5 million over 50s are not vaccinated

BOLOGNA – Coronavirus in Italy: new cases stable for three weeks, but hospitalizations among the unvaccinated continue to rise. Also because in August there was a drop in the vaccination campaign (-66.5%) and still more than 3.5 million over 50s remain uncovered (the over 50s in Italy are 27,353,240 out of a population of 59,258,000). This is what emerges from the data released by the Gimbe Foundation of Bologna as part of the independent monitoring carried out every week. (more…)

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Status update of Covid-19 cases worldwide

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Here we provide a daily update of the data available for select countries and jurisdictions as of August 29, 2021, at 4:30pm EST.

On Sunday, health officials in India logged 43,368 new infections, pushing the total number of confirmed positive cases passed 32.7 million. Of the cumulative total, 97.5% are considered recovered. In the last 24-hours, Covid-related deaths increased by 527, bringing the total number of fatalities to 438,387.

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Ontario, vaccination passport is coming

TORONTO – After the no, no and still no repeated in recent weeks, Ontario Premier Doug Ford would be considering the implementation of a vaccination passport system. To report it to CTV News Toronto is a source very close to the provincial government who indicates the week just begun, as the one in which the official announcement of the creation of a system of vaccination certificates in the province will take place. According to the source who is well aware of the situation, the certificate “will be required in non-essential environments such as restaurants and cinemas”: mouth sewn instead on the parameters necessary to request the vaccination test and what form the certificate will take.  (more…)

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Ontario over 700 cases, Alberta breaks through one thousand

TORONTO – They undulate, but remain around 700: this is now the average of new daily infections in Ontario. Today 740 were recorded, fewer than 835 on Saturday but up from 722 on last Sunday. The weekly average, to be precise, is now 688, compared to 564 a week ago. Of the new cases recorded today, 551 involve people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 189 those who are fully vaccinated.  (more…)


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