‘City building requires vision, and a leap of faith’

The City of Brampton recently had its first major disagreement, over the issue of the proposed Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit, being funded by the Province of Ontario. While Mayor Linda Jeffrey and her supporters expressed their backing, critics of the project expressed their concerns, particularly about its proposed route through the Downtown Core.The project now hangs in the balance as mediators...

The meaning behind all these festivals

It is always the rainy (or snowy) season all year round, here in Ontario, even as it’s the rainy season on the Subcontinent as the Monsoons bring fresh bounty to Mother Earth. India’s rainy season is lays the groundwork for the start of the festival season, which is generally considered to start in September and extend through to end-November. What really is the meaning of the festive season? The...

Global warming – no more a science fantasy, but a reality

Dr Ravi Jategaonkar By Dr Ravi Jategaonkar Rising global temperature and variations in climate change in the past few years are obviously interlinked. The Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of a second successive drought in the country this year and the extreme heatwave of the past few months in India are certainly a sign of significant change in the pattern and severity of weather...

Some reflections on occasion of Canada Day

Heading into the annual week that celebrates Canada Day, many among us must have been reflecting on what it means to be Canadian.  And what each of us was feeling might well have depended upon which stage of our journey into Canada we ourselves are in. On this score, what a documentary on the BBC that aired several years ago regarding the Caribbean immigrant community’s experience in the UK might...

‘Devotee’ who seeks another’s shoulder to fire his gun

Rajinder (Raj) Chadha By Rajinder (Raj) Chadha Corruption in political — and religious — fields is nothing new. Since July 2014, the Hindu Sabha has regularly been in the courts, even as the issues surrounding it have been going on for the last eight-nine years (Desi Express, Aug 7, 2014). Mud-slinging, questionable lavish legal expenses amounting to over a million dollars, a power struggle, all...

‘Toss Democracy’ – the new way to get our worthy Parliamentarians

Rajinder (Raj) Chadha By Rajinder (Raj) Chadha Canadians are five months away from the federal election. The election hinges on what motivates the voters. Canadian voters are wracked by divisions: ethnic, regional, English-French, East-West. Muslim will vote Muslim, Sikh will vote Sikh — irrespective of whether he or she is suitable to represent them in Parliament. Recently it was Parliamentary Break...

Happy Birthday – but where’s the cake?

Dr Ravi Jategaonkar By Dr Ravi Jategaonkar Just over a year ago in India, PM Modi’s government was sworn in with big fanfare and excitement and a promise of ‘achhe din’. Leading up to the first anniversary of that date, a big “birthday” celebration for the government was anticipated — but it seems there is little to celebrate. Although, speaking realistically, one year is not enough time...

Better representation on city councils ahead?

More than a million South Asians — at a conservative estimate — reside in and around the GTA. Indo-Canadians alone number more than 700,000. That’s roughly one in six South Asians in this diversified region we all call home. Yet the ratio of South Asians at various levels of government — and especially municipal councils — is nowhere near this level. One in six? We haven’t done an exact...

Preparing for the big one

Dr Ravi Jategaonkar By Dr Ravi Jategaonkar Each time a major earthquake occurs, such as the recent tragic earthquake in Nepal, thoughts inevitably cross our minds as to whether such a massive earthquake could occur here in Ontario or Canada. Not long ago, in January 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck Port au Prince in Haiti.  Although less severe from a geological perspective than the quake...

Modi vs Manmohan: Both global roamers

US President Barack Obama between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. By Chaitanya Mallapur New Delhi — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is executing his “fast-track diplomacy” — as his government calls it — with gusto: including his current China visit, he will have been abroad for 53 of 365 days in 17 countries during his first year as prime minister. That’s...