The ban does not apply to cargo shipments as well as diplomats and airline crew. It was unclear if international students who left the country briefly or those on work permit are affected by the ban. When the Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was asked this question, she was unable to provide clear answers and simply said essential workers might be allowed in. Transport minister, Marc Garneau later stated that the government will get back to Canadians on this question.
Emphasizing the severity of the situation, the prime minister asked all Canadians abroad to return home immediately while they can still travel given the fluidity of the pandemic. He stated, “Let me be clear, if you’re abroad, you should come home. If you’ve just arrived, you must self-isolate for 14 days.” As of this report, March 16, Canada has 324 cases of Coronavirus infection with the highest number of cases of 145 in Ontario, the most populated province. British Columbia has 73, while Alberta has 56. There has been one confirmed death.]]>
It would be recalled that the 1984 Democratic candidate for president, Walter Mondale, selected a woman, Geraldine Ferraro, A New York Congress woman as his running mate. They were easily defeated by incumbent president Ronald Reagan. In the 2008 presidential elections, the Republican nominee, the late John McCain, selected Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor as his running mate. They were defeated by Barack Obama. Going by history, female running mates have not resonated with the American electorate in electing a candidate. Perhaps, Biden’s selection might be the tonic needed to get out the female vote enmasse. The two presidential aspirants squared off in Washington DC in an empty auditorium designed to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus.
The minister of religious affairs stated that it was not about religion, but about being Sudanese. The ruling interim government has even appointed a Coptic Christian to a powerful position in a show of reconciliation and equality. With the progressive actions of the new ruling government, the country has been delisted from the United States list of countries that suppress religious freedom. It has been on that list for 20 years. While Sudan, a predominantly Muslim country has been delisted, Christian-majority Nigeria has just recently been included on that list with the persecution and massacre of Christians in the country by Fulani Muslims herdsmen with little to nothing being done by the Buhari-led government to address the situation.
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Written By New Nigerian Politics Staff Writer
NNP News Toronto: Brampton East Liberal MP, Mr. Raj Grewal who announced in November 2018 that he was taking a leave of absence to attend to his gambling addiction, has signalled his intention to remain as a MP saying his work for his district is yet to be completed. It has been widely speculated that Mr. Grewal will resign to deal with his addiction. But on his Facebook page, he indicated that his time away has been challenging, but was also a time for reflection and personal growth. Mr. Grewal who was born in Calgary, has been a member of parliament since 2015.]]>
Toronto – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada’s ambassador to China over reckless comments made in the arrest of tech giant Huawei CFO in Vancouver in December. Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of the company was arrested on a US government arrest warrant on suspicion of violating US sanctions against Iran. Mr. John McCallum, a former Liberal MP from Markham, Ontario was asked to resign for comments considered too political and damaging to the international reputation of the country.
The ambassador had told a Chinese language journalist that Ms. Meng has a strong case for fighting extradition to the United States and reeled of ways she could defend herself. Mr. McCallum later walked back the statement claiming he misspoke, but soon authored another damaging statement that may have sealed his fate as Canada’s top diplomat in China. He stated that the US could leverage Meng’s arrest in its trade talks with China and in the process ensure the release of two Canadians held by Beijing in what is seen as apparent retaliation for Meng’s arrest.
Trudeau’s initial hesitation to fire McCallum drew condemnation from conservative party leader Andrew Sheer, who insisted that the top diplomat should have been fired much earlier for his reckless political comments. Sheer accused Trudeau of weakness and showing poor leadership for initially jumping to the defense of McCallum before firing him. The US government is preparing paperwork to effect Meng’s extradition in light of the looming deadline of January 30th.]]>
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NNP News – Abuja, Nigeria – On December 31, 1983, Major-General Muhammedu Buhari overthrew the democratic government of President Shehu Shagari and declared himself Head of State. More than 35 years later, the retired Major-General has reenacted the feat to the displeasure of Nigerians and the international community. This is why Nigerians, including the Senate President Saraki and PDP opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the legal community all across the country are up in arms at the coup orchestrated by Buhari in suspending the Chief Justice of the federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen. Many have called it a complete affront on democracy and the principle of equality among the three branches of government.
The chief justice, currently standing trial for holding foreign accounts and incomplete declaration of assets, was suspended by the president and replaced with the most senior justice on the court, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed. President Buhari who once described himself as the “law and order” president, went well beyond his powers as prescribed in the 1999 constitution in suspending the chief justice. The constitution states two ways the chief justice can be removed from office – if the chief justice is guilty of a crime or by a 2/3 vote by the senate. None of the above has occurred and there is no provision in the constitution for the chief justice to be suspended.
With this flagrant violation of the nation’s constitution, many are calling on the president to reinstate Justice Onnoghen and to resign and be prosecuted for violating the constitution he swear to protect. The Nigerian Bar Association has disavowed of this action and calling on Nigerians n0t to recognized Justice Mohammed.
This sudden action by the president under the pretext of false assert declaration by the chief justice is motivated by the fact that election petitions would be decided by the chief justice, a southern Christian who was in the process of constituting a tribunal to resolve petitions in the forthcoming general elections.
President Buhari and the cabal that controls the lever of power have concluded that a southern Christian might not protect their interest in the event the election results are disputed due to irregularities that have always marred elections in Nigeria. With a northern Muslim at the helm, Buhari and the cabal are rest assured that their interest is protected, and if they rig the elections, justice will be perverted by the stooge they have installed in office. Nigerians of all political, religious and ethnic stripes must rally behind truth and justice and defeat this tyranny of President Buhari.]]>
Written by NNP Staff Reporter
Abuja, Nigeria: News reaching New Nigerian Politics states that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the withdrawal of the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili. Citing the Electoral Act, INEC stated that a candidate can only withdraw from the race 45 days or more from the date of the election. Dr. Ezekwesili’s withdrawal did not meet this threshold since it was less than 45 days.
It is unclear why social activist and one time education minister has chosen to withdraw her candidacy.
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Written by Staff Reporter, New Nigerian Politics
Nigerians across the globe have reacted angrily through several social media platforms at what they deemed as racism and poor officiating from 33 year old Ukrainian referee, Kateryna Monzul, in the final group play against the United States in the ongoing 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost that encounter 1-0, a result that sealed their fate in the tournament played in the western city of Vancouver.
In a thrilling encounter before a near sell-out crowd of 52,000 plus, Nigerians alleged that a series of poor, biased and racist officiating against the African champions led to the needless caution of four key Nigerian players, Sarah Nnodim in the 38th minute, Onome Ebi in the 43rd minute, Josephine Chukwunonye in the 60th minute and Ngozi Okobi in the 68th minute. Sara Nnodim was given a second yellow card in the 69th minute for a harmless tackle and was sent off leaving the Africans to complete the match with 10 players.
Nigerians allege that many card worthy fouls against the Nigerian players were ignored by referee Monzul as her whistle suddenly went silent while she was all too eager to call fouls committed against the Americans. They referred to her demeanor while cautioning or talking to the Africans as condescending and arrogant while she saw no need to warn the Americans in spite of several rough tackles and plays.
Nigerians, despite their disappointment, praised their team (especially, goalkeeper Precious Dede with many saves) for taking the game to the Americans with 10 players in the face of poor officiating and clear racism of the Ukrainian referee towards the Africans.
They called on FIFA to investigate Kateryna Monzul for the great injustice she visited on the Nigerians. “This is a sad day for global football, what a way to demoralize a young team,” said a fan. Another noted, “The corruption in FIFA is pervasive and has also consumed the officiating crew. If FIFA is serious about stemming the ugly tide of racism, it should start with its own referees as we have seen today. Where do small teams like Nigeria turn to for justice?”
With the exit of Nigeria and Ivory Coast, the arduous task of representing the continent in the later stages of the tournament now falls on debutant Cameroon, which shocked the pundits in the final group match against Switzerland with a come back 2-1 victory.
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It was celebration galore on September 24th at the 10th Anniversary of Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) gala event where several awards were given to high achieving global business leaders, corporations and small businesses across the country for their exploits in various spheres of business endeavours. The well attended event held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto brought together business executives from a broad spectrum of the economy, government officials, politicians, Media personalities and sports figures.
The evening began with an Aboriginal prayer in acknowledgement of, and deference to the Aboriginal people. This was followed by an opening speech by Cassandra Dorrington, the president of the CAMSC, who welcomed all guests and lauded the achievements of the association in a very short period of time.
She noted how CAMSC had come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2004 to being a formidable association with many corporate sponsors who share its objectives of furthering the course of Aboriginal and Minority owned businesses. CAMSC, she further noted, has been instrumental in leading corporations to spend more than $1.2 billion with Aboriginal and Minority owned businesses since its inception ten years ago. She proudly stated, “CAMSC is proud to announce that since its inception in 2004 and as a direct result of our initiatives, leading corporations in Canada have spent more than 1.2 billion dollars with Aboriginal and Minority owned businesses.”
Dorrington believes that these staggering numbers are clear indication of CAMSC’s commitment to Aboriginal and Minority businesses that have benefited from employment opportunities created by an invigorated supply chain process. In 2013 alone, Aboriginal and Minority suppliers that conducted businesses with the various corporate members of CAMSC had over six thousand full-time employees more than half of whom were Aboriginals and other minorities.
In the course of the evening, seven key awards were given in the following categories; the Supplier of the Year Award went to New Malwa Express, a transportation company founded in 1997 by Gursewak and Narinder Singh. The company began with just three trucks but 17 years later can boast of an impressive fleet of 95 plus trucks and 250 trailers that provide services to General Motors and other companies.
The CATA Technology Innovation Award was given to Canadian Prairie Garden Purees, a Manitoba-based company founded by Sandy Bay First Nation member, Kelly Beaulieu. This agri-business company provides quality vegetables; berry and legume puree products to food industry in Canada and across the globe.
The only individual award of the evening, Procurement Business Advocate of the Year Award, went to Nigerian-born Edet Umoafia, a Senior Buyer with the ABC Group, a world leader in vertically integrated plastic processing, based in Toronto. Umoafia, as the Lead Coordinator for the ABC Group’s Supplier Diversity Program, was instrumental to the direct involvement of 60 small businesses in CAMSC Diversity Supplier Program. Through his efforts, 30 of these companies have become CAMSC certified suppliers, providing goods and services to ABC Group which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Through Umoafia’s leadership, certified Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers are not only engaging and competing well with other businesses, they are liaising with large corporations in an effort to garner more opportunities. In his acceptance speech, Umoafia noted,
“I am indeed humbled and encouraged by the kind gesture. I believe this is a thoughtful way of encouraging supporters of supplier diversity, especially, in small, medium and large organizations to be more supportive in promoting and making this commitment sustainable.”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my lovely wife Stella, my daughter Joy, the ABC Group senior management and our Procurement team under the leadership of Michael Quail for leading our team.
Lastly, thank you to CAMSC, ABC Group customers and all certified suppliers and supporters for their dedication and hard work – this award would not be possible without this great association.”
The Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity was given to Flex-N-Gate for its commitment to include CAMSC suppliers to supports its vast operations that involve automobile parts, etc. Flex-N-Gate investment in CAMSC’s certified suppliers increased 120% in just one year, 2012-2013. Additional, Flex-N-Gate prides itself in the fact that it is doing business with 30 CAMSC certified suppliers, a 100% increase in over a very short period of time.
The Collaboration Award went to Accenture for its team approach to the development of suppliers and assuming a mentor-ship role to ensure that these businesses succeed in a very competitive business environment.
The Small Business Award was given to Manitobah Mukluks, is a shoe-making, Aboriginal–owned company, whose primary objective is to build a vibrant global brand that would impact the Aboriginal communities across the country.
General Motors bagged the Corporation of the Year Award for its long standing commitment of ensuring a global culture of diversity that has aided its ability to make and sell quality and durable vehicles. The company in 2013, spent $210m with CAMSC certified suppliers. This was a 95% increase from the previous year, an indication of its strong contribution to the success of CAMSC suppliers. In addition, GM has enhanced capacity by providing a mentor-ship program and collaborating with CAMSC to obtain supplier’s feedback and host networking sessions.
In his Keynote Speech, Nigerian native, Massai Ujiri, President and General Manager of NBA’s Toronto Raptors lauded CAMSC for its outstanding work and commitment in strengthening and promoting Aboriginal and Minority businesses. Through his own story of struggles as a student in the US, Ujiri encouraged business owners to stay motivated and excel in their business endeavours, to always believe in themselves to be the best. He spoke of the challenges in managing one of NBA’s youngest franchises and expressed gratitude for the unique opportunity to make the Raptors a strong contender.
CAMSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of Aboriginal and visible minority communities through business development and employment. CAMSC’s mandate is to identify and certify Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses, and facilitate their access into the supply chain of major corporations in Canada.
Founded by corporate Canada in 2004, CAMSC acts to facilitate access for Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers who may not previously have been able to penetrate traditional corporate supply chains. In return, corporations are gaining choice, innovation, competitiveness and social license by accessing an underutilized yet growing supplier base in their communities. CAMSC is associated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.camsc.ca.]]>
Filed by New Nigerian Politics Agency Reporter – Abuja
New Nigerian Politics can authoritatively confirm that President Jonathan today sacked the controversial Aviation minister, Ms. Stella Oduah and three others, Godsday Orubebe, Niger Delta minister, Chris Olukolade, Police Affairs minister and the minister of state for finance, Yerima Ngana. There have been speculations that Mrs. Oduah would be excused from the cabinet following damaging revelations from the online whistle blower media, Sahara Reporters, that the minister forced the hand of two cash strapped agencies under her ministry to purchase two armoured BMW cars for $1.6m.
The dust from this scandal had hardly settled when the same website broke the news of the minister’s fraudulent claimed of earning an MBA from St. Paul’s College in Virginia. Following this claim, officials from the American college stated categorically that the college had never offered or granted a graduate degree in its 125-year history. Upon this declaration, an embarrassed minister instructed her aides to remove all references to the college from her online profile on Wikipedia, the ministry’s website and other platforms.
A presidency source who pleaded not to be identified confirmed to New Nigerian Politics that the ministers were sacked for their involvement in various acts of corruption but were given soft landing with the line that they ‘voluntarily resigned’ to contest the governorship elections in their various states. However, it should be noted that there is no vacancy in Govt. House in Stella Oduah’s home state of Anambra as Chief Willie Obiano was declared governor following elections on Nov. 16, 2013 with a fresh four-year mandate. It is unclear therefore, what governorship office Oduah “voluntarily resigned” to contest after lobbying heavily for the president who the source noted was deeply disturbed by media reports of her corruption and false claims, to retain her, suggesting that she had no intentions to run for any political office.
Repeated calls by New Nigerian Politics to the sacked minister for her reaction was not answered as her mobile phone was switched off.