MNP and Shell providing free tax returns to low-income residents in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MNP and Shell Canada announced yesterday that they will be partnering with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society to provide free personal tax return preparation services to financially disadvantaged individuals in Fort St. John.Staff from MNP and Shell will be volunteering to provide tax preparation assistance for individuals and families who are unable to complete their own tax returns and who are on a low or fixed income. The tax clinic is open to individuals whose total individual or  family income is not greater than $32,000, plus $2,000 per child. Exclusions also apply for those that are :Self-employed or have employment expensesHave a business or rental income/expensesHave capital gains/lossesHave other investment incomeHave filed for bankruptcy, orAre representing a deceased taxpayerTax returns are only being prepared for the 2016 income tax year, and not for previous years. The tax clinic will take place at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, at 10051 – 100th Avenue on Saturday, April 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement -To sign up for a spot, individuals can contact the Women’s Resource Centre 250.787.1121. last_img read more

Antipasto Salad at PizzeRizzo

first_imgShare This!It is a foregone conclusion that most pizza at Disney will not win any culinary award. So if your Muppet-obsessed family wants to take you to PizzeRizzo in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you want to skip the pizza, how is the salad option?On the menu is an Antipasto Salad, which Disney describes as:Tossed-to-order with Ham, Pepperoni, Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Pepperoncini Peppers. Red Onion, Chopped Romaine, and House Vinaigrette(Fun fact, the online menu from Disney also lists salami in the salad, but it isn’t listed in the print menu. The salad does have salami, however.)Sounds like a great option? Well, if you like all of the ingredients in there, the good news is that this is a hearty salad with a great blend of flavors and tons of meat. The bad news? To me, “tossed to order” means that you can pick out the ingredients you want — or don’t want — in the salad and have it customized. Not a fan of onions? No worries, just ask for them to leave it out.Unfortunately, this is not the case — the “filling” was already pre-mixed and the salad couldn’t be customized. If there was something you wanted to pick out, you practically had to have tweezers to go through and dissect the salad.I realize that this reduces prep time for the salad to have everything already mixed and then tossed with the romaine and dressing to order, but as a person with a “selective eater”, this would have been a disaster in the making. If you like everything in this salad, it’s a good option. If you don’t, you’re better off sticking with the pizza.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

22 days agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come good

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has backed new striker Wesley to be a success at Villa Park.Wesley had a disappointing performance against Burnley last week.“His performance wasn’t great on Saturday against Burnley and he was the first to admit that to me afterwards as well when I went through his clips with him,” Smith said.“But what I’ve seen in training this week has been a reaction, he’s trained very well this week and he’ll be the first to go out there and try to prove people wrong.“It’s a tough job as a lone striker and he was up against two street-wise centre-backs in James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, both very strong and street-wise centre-halves who can give a lot of centre forwards problems in this league.“I think that they got the upper hand on [Wesley] early on in the game and he showed his frustrations a little bit during the game, but he’ll learn from that. “He’s a young striker, still only 22 and he’ll get better and better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Merger of NYS and NCYD

first_imgCabinet has approved the merger of the National Youth Service (NYS) and the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), a move that is expected to increase the budget of both agencies to a total of $561 million.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who made the disclosure while contributing to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, said 62 per cent of the expected budget will be allocated to projects that will impact an estimated 21,000 youth directly.She noted that the joining of the agencies is also aimed at reducing the overlap and duplication of work, as well as administration costs.“The truth is that when we got into office we found that the NYS had departed from its core mission and objectives,” Miss Hanna said.She said that unfortunately, the NYS’ sole role had become the placing of young persons in ‘internships’ at a range of state organisations, with the intention that they would, at the end, be assessed and achieve certification from HEART/NTA.“The reality is that only 20 per cent of these participants achieved certification, and less than five per cent of them were retained in the jobs they were placed in,” she said.She noted that over the last few years, she has been working to ensure that the NYS sought to fulfill its existing commitments, while reviewing its strategic focus to encourage among young people, the spirit of voluntarism and civic pride.Among the core objectives of the NYS is the creation of opportunities for self sustainability among youth; the preparation of youth for transition to employment and entrepreneurship; the creation of lessons and opportunities for voluntarism; being a catalyst for fostering of respect; and building social skills, a positive attitude, civic pride, a sense of responsibility and good citizenship among youth.The NCYD was established in 2000 as the Government department with responsibility for young people aged 15 to 24 years. It is responsible for facilitating the co-ordination and integration of programmes, service and activities geared towards youth development, and recommending and designing programmes to enhance and propel youth development.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Patrick Brazeau allegedly hit spat and groped woman court documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was an on-going dispute over his handling of Aboriginal issues that led to suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau allegedly assaulting and groping a woman according to court documents.The alleged victim told police she didn’t support Brazeau’s stance on Aboriginal issues and after a two-day dispute he ordered her to leave his Gatineau home says a search warrant executed Feb. 7.It’s alleged in the warrant Brazeau, 38, ripped up a bra and shirt that the woman was holding on to as she tried to pack her bags. He then grabbed her breasts and pulled her pants down hard enough to break the button and zipper police allege. He also allegedly pushed her hard enough to break a staircase railing.When she tried to call 911 she alleges he hit her and police documented she had visible injuries.She told police later that Brazeau spat in her face while insulting her.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court. He is on bail after posting $1,000.The Algonquin senator has been outspoken against the Idle No More movement and especially Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.Brazeau was appointed to the Senate in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of his legal matters.His next court date is March 22.last_img read more

Oil industry to return to profitability this year after three years of

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014. He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 percent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight percent in 2018.“We’re talking about a shift back to being in the black for industry but margins are still quite thin,” Burt said.“So it’s obviously good news but for the industry it’s not a level of profitability that they would like to see to earn a sufficient return on their capital.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

NCPCR will conduct survey to find out reasons behind child abuse

first_imgNew Delhi: What is the reason behind child abuse? To find out the answer, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will conduct a survey in the country including Delhi. The child rights body is developing an online system through which they can easily avail the report of cases related to crime against children from different stakeholders.According to NCPCR, whether pornographic is the reason or drug addiction led to the crime all these factors will be taken into consideration during the survey. According to sources in the recently held meeting among the senior officials of the child rights body a decision was taken to conduct the survey. “Our main aim is to know why children being assaulted and also the reason behind the increase in the cases. We will also create awareness regarding the laws meant for the safety of minor children,” said an official. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey will also focus on proper registration of the cases. Commission had found that in some cases the victim child did not inform his or her family regarding the crime. Sharing one such incident a member told Millennium Post that a girl studying in 10th class informed them about the incident of sexual abuse happened with her at the relative’s house. “She reported the case through POCSO e-box and told us not share the information with her family members,” said official adding that after rigorous follow-up from the commission an FIR got registered in the case against the accused who was girl’s relative. Yashwant Jain member from NCPCR told this newspaper that they are putting their all-round efforts in ensuring the safety of children. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe commission is also developing an online system through which they can easily get the report of the case from different agencies like the police. “Earlier we used to write to different stakeholders about the status report in the case and then they used to send the report. It was the lendy process now with the help of online platform the concerned authority will send us the report,” said an official. Priyank Kanoongo chairperson NCPCR confirmed the news regarding the online platform.last_img read more

Akhilesh Yadav Mulayam agents of BJP Bhim Army chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Wednesday alleged Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav were “agents” of the BJP, adding he will not contest from Varanasi if his candidature scuttled the Dalit movement. He made the remarks during a public meeting in Jaipur days after BSP chief Mayawati termed him a “BJP agent” and alleged that he was contesting from Varanasi as part of the saffron party’s conspiracy to divide Dalit votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has entered into an alliance with SP in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP. “Akhilesh Yadav gave promotion to officers who inflicted atrocities on Dalits. His father says in Parliament that he wants Modi to become prime minister again. They are agents of the BJP, not me,” the Bhim Army chief said. “They call me an agent for questioning them. Yes, I am an agent of B R Ambedkar… If my own people were not in my way, I would have shown you (Akhilesh) that if we can vote you to power, we can pull you down too,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Chandrashekhar also claimed that Mayawati was being “misled” by Satish Chandra Mishra, her general secretary and Brahmin face of the BSP. He added that he won’t contest the election in Varanasi if his candidature “strengthened” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in any way. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Modi. Mayawati had on Sunday tweeted, “BJP tried hard to help Chandrashekhar join the BSP as its mole, but failed in its conspiracy. It is imperative in national interest to dislodge autocratic, despotic anti-Dalit BJP from power. Please ensure no vote goes waste.” The Bhim Party founder had announced at a rally in the national capital last month that he would contest against Modi from Varanasi and welcomed support of all parties, including the Congress, to take on the BJP. He had also sought the support of SP and BSP for his candidature, saying Dalit groups would back their alliance in other seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance is yet to declare its candidate against Modi in Varanasi. The Chandrashekhar-led group shot to limelight during the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Chandrashekhar was arrested after the clashes. Though he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, the UP Police arrested him under the stringent National Security Act. He was released in September 2018 after spending 16 months in jail.last_img read more

Oppn unhappy with me over Indias rapid global strides Modi

first_imgTheni(TN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a broadside against the Opposition Saturday, saying the DMK, Congress and their ‘mahamilavati’ friends cannot accept strides India has made and therefore were “unhappy” with him. Taking a swipe at the DMK-Congress combine, he said those who were “sworn enemies” have joined hands, despite the national party having “humiliated” its southern ally in the past. “Today India is rapidly making a mark in the world. The Congress, DMK and their mahamilavati friends cannot accept this. That is why they are unhappy with me,” he said at an election rally here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Prime Minister has been describing the opposition ‘mahagatbandhan’ (mega alliance) as ‘mahamilavati,’ meaning adulterated. Taking pot shots at DMK President MK Stalin’s proposal naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate, Modi said there were no takers for this among the opposition “because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post.” “Some days ago, DMK supremo (Stalin) projected the Naamdar (dynast–Gandhi) as PM (candidate) but no one was ready to accept it, not even their mahamilavati friends, because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post,” he said, without naming anyone. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Despite past “bitterness,” the Congress and DMK have joined hands, he said and recalled that the national party had “humiliated” the southern ally earlier, apparently referring to the dismissal of the DMK government in the past. Even during the 2G spectrum allocation scam, centered around then Telecom Minster A Raja of DMK, the Dravidian party’s leaders were criticising the national party, which was leading the ruling UPA, he pointed out. “In an attempt to mislead the people, all the corrupt have ganged up in an attempt to defeat Modi,” he added.last_img read more