Manitoba politician denied quick order striking down floorcrossing law

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba law that forbids provincial politicians from switching parties by crossing the legislature floor is still alive after a judge rejected a request for a fast-track ruling that the law is unconstitutional.The Progressive Conservative government has already said it plans to repeal the law — believed to be the only one of its kind in Canada — in the near future.Steven Fletcher, an Independent member who was kicked out of the government caucus in June, wanted the law struck down before the legislature reconvenes this week following the summer break.“The legislature sits on Wednesday. (Fletcher’s) charter rights are being offended,” Fletcher’s lawyer, Bill Gange, told court Monday.A lawyer for the provincial government said that while the province plans to lift the floor-crossing ban soon — as early as Nov. 9 depending on how quickly legislation can be passed — the government denies the law is unconstitutional.“The government intends to repeal it because it is bad policy. (That) is different,” government lawyer Michael Conner said.Fletcher was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus after criticizing the government’s plan to set up a new Crown corporation to promote energy efficiency.The former federal cabinet minister filed a lawsuit in August that asked Court of Queen’s Bench to strike down a section of the Legislative Assembly Act which says politicians who leave or are removed from one party’s caucus cannot join another. The law, enacted in 2006 by the former NDP government, requires such politicians to either sit as Independents in the legislature, or resign their seat and run in a byelection under a new party banner.Fletcher’s statement of claim alleges the law violates his rights of expression and association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Justice David Kroft said the matter warrants a full hearing and court dates will be set aside in the coming months. Both sides agreed the hearing may be moot at that point if the legislation ending the floor-crossing ban is passed and enacted.Fletcher has been coy about whether he would join another party’s caucus. If he were to join the Liberals, it would give them a fourth legislature seat — enough for official party status and the extra funding and staff that comes with the designation.He has also floated the idea of forming an entirely new caucus with disgruntled members of existing parties.“Mr. Fletcher wants to have the liberty to explore all of his options,” Gange said outside court.“Mr. Fletcher has had discussions with various individuals about options that are open to him, and those individuals would be both people within the legislature and people outside the legislature.”last_img read more

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Tina Fontaines family outraged newspaper was selling photos of her body

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of a murdered 15-year-old First Nation girl are outraged that a Winnipeg newspaper was offering to sell photos of her dead body.“The Winnipeg Free Press are trying to (expletive) sell pictures of our baby girl’s body being pulled from the river. How the (expletive) do they live with themselves?” asked Jessica Fontaine on her Facebook wall.Photos that show her cousin Tina Fontaine’s body being recovered from the Red River appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. They were also being offered for sale in the paper’s online store.Digital photos were available to be purchased for $12, while framed and mounted plaques of the photos sell for as much as $129.50. There was even an option for a framed canvas version of the photo for $159.50.Bob Cox is the paper’s publisher. He says offering to sell the photos was a mistake.“Photos taken by our photographers are automatically sent to the photo store once they are downloaded into our editorial photo system,” Cox said. “They should have been stopped. I’ll get them taken down.”As of 4 p.m. ET the photos were removed from the online [email protected]last_img read more

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British Airways suspends pension transfer values for active members

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has temporarily suspended the provision of transfer values to all its active British Airways Pensions members.The suspension will apply to active members of the airline’s defined benefit (DB) New Airways Pension Scheme (Naps) and the Airways Pension Scheme (Aps), unless the transfer values are being requested for divorce purposes.BA Pensions has implemented the suspension to help maintain service levels while the organisation consults on the closure of Naps to future accrual.If the outcome of BA’s consultation results in the closure of Naps to future accrual, affected members will receive a statement within two months of the potential closure, detailing their Naps pension at the date of closure, as well as the transfer value for the pension. The transfer value will be guaranteed against changes in market conditions for a three-month period.A transfer value equates to the value of a member’s pension benefits that has been converted into a cash sum for the purposes of securing pension benefits in another registered pension scheme. It is paid directly to the new pension provider. DB pension scheme members become entitled to a transfer value once they have ceased pensionable service.In a statement to members, BA wrote: “There is no requirement to provide a transfer value to members who are still building up benefits in the scheme, although we have, until now, provided these to all active members on request. The decision to suspend the provision of transfer values is driven solely by the desire to maintain service levels across all categories of the membership during an exceptionally busy period.”BA declined to comment.last_img read more

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Traffic cops attacked during campaign against drunken drivers 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Police personnel, including two traffic sergeants, were heckled by a few people at the crossing of Park Circus connector and Gobinda Khatik Road during a drive against drunken drivers.Four persons have been arrested in this case. According to sources, on Sunday night, Park Circus traffic guard and East traffic guard were conducting a raid against drunken drivers. During checking of vehicles sergeant Snehasish Mukherjee of East guard stopped a car bearing registration number WB 02AE 6712 coming along the park Circus Connector and asked the driver to undergo a breath analyzer test. Almost at the same time another car bearing registration number WB 02M 1363 coming along the Gobinda Khatik Road was stopped by sergeant Sarkan Ahmed of Park Circus traffic guard and the driver of the car was also asked to undergo the same test. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, both the drivers refused to cooperate and used abusive language against the traffic sergeants. When the altercation heated up, one of the drivers pushed the police personnel. Traffic sergeants informed the Topsia police station and sought immediate assistance. A police team was sent to the spot along with a police inspector. When other passengers were asked to step out of the cars and told to leave immediately, they refused to do so and started attacking the traffic sergeants and police. They reportedly assaulted Snehasish, Sarkan and other on-duty police personnel and deterred them from performing their duty. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater, four persons were detained along with their cars and taken to the police station. After Snehasish lodged a complaint against the accused persons, four persons identified as Amarlal Mehta, Bikash Bhalla, Debasish Dhar and Subhanjit Mukherjee were arrested under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the IPC. They have been produced before the concerned court and subsequently remanded to judicial custody by the magistrate.last_img read more

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InfernoJS v600 a Reactlike library for building highperformance user interfaces is now

first_imgYesterday, InfernoJS community announced the release of InfernoJS v6.0.0. This version comes with Fragments using which you can group a list of children without adding extra nodes to the DOM. Three new methods have been added: createRef, forwardRef, and rerender, along with few breaking changes. Added support for Fragments Support for Fragments, a new type of VNode, is added. It will enable you to group a list of children without adding extra nodes to the DOM. With Fragments, you can return an array from Component render creating an invisible layer which ties its content together but will not render any container to actual DOM. Fragments can be created using the following four ways: Native Inferno API: createFragment(children: any, childFlags: ChildFlags, key?: string | number | null) JSX: … >, …. or … createElement API: createElement(Inferno.Fragment, {key: ‘test’}, …children) Hyperscript API: h(Inferno.Fragment, {key: ‘test’}, children) createRef API Refs provide a way to access DOM nodes or React elements created in the render method. You can now create refs using createRef() and attach them to React elements via the ref attribute. This new method allows you to write nicer syntax and reduces code when no callback to DOM creation is needed. forwardRef API forwardRef API allows you to “forward” ref inside a functional Component. This new method will be useful if you want to create a reference to a specific element inside simple functional Components. Forwarding ref means, automatically passing a ref through a component to one of its children. rerender With the help of the rerender method, all the pending setState calls will be flushed and rendered immediately. You can use it in the cases when the render timing is important or to simplify tests. New lifecycle Old lifecycle methods, componentWillMount, componentWillReceiveProps, or componentWillUpdate, will not be called when the new lifecycle methods, getDerivedStateFromProps or getSnapshotBeforeUpdate are used. What are the breaking changes? Since not all applications need server-side rendering, hydrate is now a part of the inferno-hydrate package. Style properties now use hyphen. For example, backgroundColor => background-color. In order to support JSX Fragment syntax, babel-plugin-inferno now depends on babel v7. setState lifecycle is changed to have better compatibility with ReactJS. Also, componentDidUpdate will now be triggered later in the lifecycle chain, after refs have been created. String refs are completely removed. Instead, you can use callback refs, createRef API, or forward Refs. Read the release notes of InfernoJS on its GitHub repository. Read Next Node.js v10.12.0 (Current) released The Ember project announces version 3.4 of Ember.js, Ember Data, and Ember CLI React Native 0.57 released with major improvements in accessibility APIs, WKWebView-backed implementation, and more!last_img read more

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