TORONTO – Making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 amounts to pushing them off a cliff without a safety net, an Ontario Superior Court heard on Tuesday.In urging certification of their claim against the Ontario government as a class action, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued the province’s use of waitlists was arbitrary and violated their clients’ constitutional rights.“It’s not about inconvenience. It’s not about frustration,” lawyer Kirk Baert told court. “It goes beyond that.”The unproven lawsuit, which accuses the province of harm-causing negligence, seeks $110 million in damages along with a declaration the government has failed adults assessed as eligible for government help but who have instead been placed on indeterminate waiting lists.The proposed representative plaintiff is Briana Leroux, 20, of Timmins, Ont., a woman with a mental age of about three who is unable to speak and lacks the most basic ability to care for herself. Her father Marc Leroux said outside court the loss of a day program and other help for his daughter when she turned 18 caused huge stress on the family.“All those programs were just stopped, and I think there should be a transition and there just is not,” said Leroux, 46, a real estate broker. “Families should be more respected by the government.”In recent years, a select legislature committee recommended eliminating the waitlists, while the auditor general has also criticized the system. In 2016, the provincial ombudsman, who had investigated more than 1,400 complaints from families of adults with developmental disabilities, said thousands of people had been left “stranded.”In court, Justice Edward Belobaba said the issue at this stage of the proceeding was not whether the province had “made a shambles” of the programs, but whether the plaintiffs could get over the relatively low hurdle of showing the existence of a legal foundation for a class action.Baert said the case was not about eligibility for services, noting proposed class members had all been assessed and approved for supports they weren’t receiving because of what he called unreasonably managed waitlists.“Everyone who’s in the class is by definition someone who hasn’t received the services they were entitled to,” Baert argued.For its part, the province argued that disabled adults have no legal right to supports. What they receive is the result of government policy decisions that allocate about $2 billion a year to help them.Provincial lawyer Robert Radcliffe insisted clients are assessed and prioritized according to their needs, with the most urgent cases getting help even after turning 18.“My friend would have you believe they just fall of the window sill or just fall off the balcony,” Radcliffe told Belobaba. “To say it’s arbitrary isn’t consistent with the facts.”Government co-counsel, Rochelle Fox, said the plaintiffs were making a claim for a “positive entitlement” by attacking what was a “quintessentially policy decision.” The government, Fox argued, was under no obligation to provide the programs to recipients, regardless of eligibility.“It is fundamentally a claim that the government is obliged to provide you with a positive benefit,” Fox said. “(But) failure to provide is not a deprivation.”Belobaba, however, pushed back at the notion that the current situation was the result of policy decisions that are immune to such a lawsuit. Belobaba noted the list of problems the plaintiffs allege, including a failure to shorten waitlists and the cutting off of those receiving services when they turn 18.“These are real allegations of deficiencies,” Belobaba said. “It’s not the policy of the government, say the plaintiffs, to have a totally screwed-up system.”The certification hearing continues.
The City of Fort St. John also today announced that the Grand Opening of the new Spray Park, which was planned to take place on Friday, has been postponed. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather that was forecast on Friday. Harvey added that a new date for the ceremony has not yet been announced, but that an announcement should be expected early next week. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John received another cheque from the Rotary Club of Fort St. John for the renovations to the Rotary Spray Park.Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand at the Rotary Club’s meeting on Thursday to receive a $20,000 cheque on behalf of the City. Both clubs raised the money over the last year through a number of fundraisers, including the Mega Lottery, Drive-thru Breakfast, and from selling the bricks that ring the newly-renovated spray park next to the North Peace Arena.Scott Wisdahl with the Rotary Club said that with today’s $20,000 donation, the Club reached a milestone with a cumulative total of $100,000 in donations for the spray park’s upgrades.
Shirley Dorin, 86, said she and her husband had decades of frustration after allowing an oil well to be drilled on their property near Didsbury in central Alberta in 1970.There was constant flaring that lit up their house, she said, and she developed Parkinson’s disease.Production equipment was eventually removed a few years ago but the site, which has had several owners, still remains.“We didn’t know what it was like to have your life controlled by an oil company and we really didn’t know what we were in for, that’s for sure,” Dorin said. CALGARY, A.B. – A coalition of Alberta landowners, researchers and former regulators say it could cost as much as $70 billion to clean up more than 300,000 orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta.The Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project released the numbers Monday in Calgary.“Fiscally and environmentally, this is a ticking time bomb,” lead researcher Regan Boychuk told a news conference. “We want it gone.”Her son, Mark, is president of Dorin Land and Oilfield Management and is a member of the coalition.“We can’t develop our land,” he said. “Albertans simply can’t afford to wait another four years for variable solutions as the mess continues to grow.” “They sit idle and they may look harmless, but they’re not. All wells leak eventually and that’s why it’s so important they are plugged and reclaimed properly.”Boychuk said it’s not too late to make well clean up a campaign issue before the April 16 provincial election.“This is the moment when politicians are the most receptive,” he said. “The day after the election is when politicians are the least receptive to public concern. That’s why we are making this data public today to try and influence this debate.”He said most political parties are talking about boosting Alberta’s resource sector but not about the environmental costs involved.“We can either spend money on drilling more wells or spend money on cleaning up.”Boychuk said about $200 million is being held by the Alberta government as a deposit to pay for the cleanup of unreclaimed wells. The problem gets worse once the additional costs of tailing ponds, mines and pipelines are included.
Not only has Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder insisted he would not change the name of his NFL team, on Thursday the franchise formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the Redskins’ attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and that it ”points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of ”Redskins” trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is ”disparaging of Native Americans.””We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team’s statement.The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003. Native Americans have been challenging the trademark since 1992.The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider ”serious constitutional issues,” including whether the ruling penalizes the team’s right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of ”valuable and long-held intellectual property rights.”The group of five Native Americans challenging the name is equally confident.”This effort is doomed to fail,” said Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff. ”But if they want to prolong this litigation, which has already gone on for 22 years, I guess they have that prerogative.”The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining the debate and saying it should be changed.Team owner Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a ”badge of honor.””If people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” Blackhorse said. ”We know that time is on our side for a change in the team’s name, and we are confident we will win once again at this stage of the litigation.”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider finalizing next year’s school calendar.The School Committee will review proposed changes to the High School’s Program of Studies after a presentation from Principal Linda Peters.The School Committee will receive an update from the district’s Behavioral Health Task Force.The School Committee will receive a presentation on adopting the Seal of Biliteracy. The Committee will receive an update on the Global Child Spanish Classes.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Wilmington CARES program.Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand will discuss the district’s upcoming Behavioral Health Fair on March 28; the Director of Technology Job Posting; an update on the cost of the NEASC accreditation visit to Wilmington High; and the upcoming administration of the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.The School Committee will receive a student presentation on the High School’s DECA program. The Committee will also consider an out-of-state field trip request for members of the program to attend DECA’s International Conference in Orlando.The School Committee will accept a $1,500 donation from the Wilmington Educational Foundation to fund the district’s 2019 STEM Fair.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”
By the end of this year we’re definitely going to have one, and probably two new next-gen consoles to play with. And the spec and feature bump each will include, such as Sony improving DirectX 11 for the PS4, means game engines need to be updated to take advantage of the extra power on offer.One of those engines is the very popular Unreal Engine. The current generation of games use Unreal Engine 3, but next-gen hardware will use Unreal Engine 4. We got a glimpse of what UE4 could do back in 2011 when Epic released an demo video. But that was two years ago, and we’ve yet to see what it’s truly capable of in its final form.The video above has been leaked today, but should see an official release before the day is over. It’s called Infiltrator and is one of the demos Epic is showing off during GDC.It’s certainly impressive and shows off what Unreal Engine 4 can achieve with visuals. Whether this is the quality of gameplay visuals or not has yet to be confirmed, but in-game cutscenes created using the engine rather than pre-rendered scenes is more likely.There’s no doubt we will see a visual quality jump with the new hardware. This demo bodes well for how much of a jump we can expect to make, but as usual, it’s going to take a few generations of game before we see what the PS4 and Xbox 720 can really do. Just look at the first PS3 and Xbox 360 games and compare them to The Last of Us and Halo 4 to see what understanding the hardware can do to improve things.
Kolkata: Two bikes collided with each other near Judicial Academy in New Town on Wednesday morning.One of the bikers identified as Sariful Shaikh, who is a delivery person of Swiggy, got serious head injuries and is admitted to a city hospital. The condition of the delivery person is stated to be serious. Locals told Shaikh was riding his bike at a high speed and eventually lost his control. Keeping in mind the extent of the damage, Bidhannagar Police is soon going to arrange a meeting with the food delivery agencies over the issue of rash driving by Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifedelivery persons. According to locals, Shaikh was coming from the Sapoorji area and was headed towards Narkelbagan. Near Judicial Academy, Shaikh failed to notice the speed breaker placed on the road. He crossed over the speed breaker at a high speed. Meanwhile, another bike was taking a U turn just a few meters ahead of him. As Shaikh was a high speed, he collided with the bike that came infront of him and fell on the road. The other biker also fell off the bike but suffered minor injuries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShaikh was immediately removed to a private hospital near New Town police station and was later shifted to another private hospital near Haldiram’s. In the evening, he was again shifted to another hospital at Mullick Bazar, specialised for neurological treatment. It is alleged that food dilvery apps such as the likes of Swiggy often takes action if a delivery person fails to deliver the food within a stipulated time. They also pay some amount of money as commission for faster delivery of food. To comply with the policy and make some extra amount, delivery persons are frequently seen flouting traffic norms that results in self-harm or harm of others. The delivery persons ride very fast to reach their destinations in fear of getting penalised. “We do not encourage anyone to flout traffic norms or ride fast. There is no provision of imposing penalties,” said a Swiggy official. According to the sources, in Wednesday’s accident Shaikh’s bike had no insurance and as a result, he will not get any compensation. Police sources said after the Swiggy authority was informed about the accident, they avoided taking any liability because Swiggy has no social security scheme for their delivery persons. To sort the matter, Bidhannagar Police will call the food delivery agencies and mention some guidelines that need to be followed strictly. The agencies will also be asked to keep a periodical check of the delivery persons’ bikes and the related vehicle documents. “We will sit with the food delivery agencies and their delivery persons to ensure there is no over-speeding and rash driving by them,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquartes) of Bidhannagar Police.
Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA driver who ‘smelt of alcohol’ has been arrested after police found them parked in an emergency refuge area on the M6 motorway. Police stopped to see if the driver needed assistance on the carriageway in Cheshire overnight between Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11. The motorist was arrested when they refused to take a breath test. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Patrol stops with a driver who was in an Emergency Refuge Area on the M6 earlier to see if they could be of assistance. “The driver smelt of alcohol and refused to provide a sample of breath at the roadside, which led to their arrest.” Photos released by the police show damage on the passenger side of the car. Read MoreBurglars smash through patio doors during break-ins at two homes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes The vehicle in the emergency refuge area on the M6 (Image: North West Motorway Police) Emergency refuge areas are located on Smart Motorways, such as the stretch of the M6 between Junction 16 and Junction 19 in Cheshire, where the hard shoulder has been converted into a fourth lane for traffic. The RAC say they should be used where possible when you’ve broken down or are involved in an accident – adding they should not be used ‘a rest stop, to make a phone call or to use the toilet’. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
08Feb Rep. Marino: It’s time to increase fees for politicians Legislation would increase funding for local governmentsState Rep. Steve Marino, second from left, testifies before the House Elections and Ethics Committee today in support of legislation he sponsored to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices. He is joined by state Reps. Tommy Brann (left) and Kim LaSata (second from right), who also sponsored bills in the package, as well as his legislative director Barry Szczesny.State Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township, today testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee in support of legislation he spearheaded to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices.Marino said the filing fees state candidates can opt to pay in lieu of circulating a nominating petition have not been adjusted since they were first established at $100 in 1954.“The cost of everything, including administrating elections, has increased tremendously in the past 64 years,” Marino said. “I’d say we’re long overdue to adjust the filing fees for politicians. Thirty-four states have filing fees, some as high as $7,500.”The nine-bill package makes the following adjustments:Increase the fee for candidates seeking the office of state representative or state senator to $400.Increase the fee for candidates seeking the offices of county commissioner, clerk, register of deeds, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, sheriff, drain commissioner, surveyor, auditor, coroner or county road commissioner to $200.Establish a $150 filing fee for candidates seeking the township offices of supervisor, treasurer, clerk, and trustee.Increase the fee for candidates seeking a position on a township library board from $100 to $150.In addition, the bill package makes the fees nonrefundable. Under current law, the fee is refunded to the nominated and runner-up candidates.“There is a cost to administer elections at the local level,” Marino said. “Though filing fees only amount to a drop in the bucket, making them nonrefundable is one way to help offset the costs incurred by our local governments.”Marino also noted that paying the filing fee is optional; all candidates seeking election still have the option to circulate a petition.“This legislation does not restrict any candidates who don’t have the financial means to pay a filing fee,” Marino said. “All candidates still have the option of circulating a nominating petition.”House Bills 4745-50, 4809-10 and 4823 remain under consideration by the House Elections and Ethics Committee.### Categories: Marino News
Sports and special programming accounted for almost 60% of second screen activity in the first quarter of 2013, according to new stats by US social TV analytics company Trendrr.The firm logged 205 million social interactions in the quarter around one-off sporting and special events.” These included the Superbowl, which accounted for a massive 52 million second screen interactions. Other notable tent pole events included the Grammy Awards with 15 million interactions, the Oscars with 13 million and the NFL Playoffs with 12 million.Trendrr, which helps clients measure and analyse the way viewers engage with content, said that overall it logged a 127% increase in second screen activity in Q1 2013 compared to a year earlier.Of the more than 18,700 telecasts it logged in the quarter, it found that the average drew almost 20,000 second screen interactions from “hyper-engaged audiences” – more than 343 million in total.While a “significant amount of this growth” can be attributed to increased activity around one-off events, Trendrr said that excluding sports and specials, “social TV activity continues to accelerate, growing by 53%. The most significant year over year growth occurred in January 65%. February grew by 44% and March by 46%.”