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A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

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A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash This photo was taken Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, shows an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 parked at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) The Associated Press  Published Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:36 PM EDT  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Citizens from 35 countries were.....

18 Canadians among 157 dead after Ethiopian Airlines plane crash near Addis Ababa

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18 Canadians among 157 dead after Ethiopian Airlines plane crash near Addis Ababa

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday, March 10, 2019.AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Eighteen Canadians are among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed all 157 people thought to be on board Sunday, the airline’s CEO and Kenya’s transport minister said. The victims also include 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, eight people each from China, the United States and Italy, seven each from France and Britain, six from Egypt, five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia. It is not yet clear what caused the crash of new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane shortly after takeoff from Bole Airport en route to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return, the airline’s CEO said.
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Terrible news from , , this morning. My heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones. The Canadian government is in close contact with Ethiopian authorities to gather additional information as quickly as possible.

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The airline says it will soon conduct forensic investigations to identify the 149 passengers and eight crew who died when a Boeing 737-8 MAX went down shortly after departing from Bole Airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the news devastating and said his thoughts are with all the victims and everyone who lost friends, family or loved ones.

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The plane was one of 30 purchased and being delivered to the rapidly expanding airline. A Boeing statement in July noted the delivery of the first plane. The Ethiopian Airlines CEO says the crashed plane had been delivered in mid-November, 2018. The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, widely considered the best-managed airline in Africa, calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.
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Accident Bulletin no. 2 Issued on march 10, 2019 at 01:46 PM

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It said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on the plane that crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m. The airline later published a photo that appeared to show its CEO standing in the wreckage. Little of the plane could be seen in the freshly churned earth, under a blue sky. “Tewolde Gebremariam, who is at the accident scene now, regrets to confirm that there are no survivors,” the post on social media said. “He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.” The plane had showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitter post. Visibility was clear. State broadcaster EBC reported all passengers were dead and that they included 33 nationalities. The Ethiopian prime minister’s office offered its “deepest condolences” to families. The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa’s two largest economic powers and is popular with tourists making their way to safari and other destinations. Sunburned travellers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport’s waiting areas, along with businessmen from China and elsewhere. At the airport in Nairobi, worried families gathered. “I came to the airport to receive my brother but I have been told there is a problem,” Agnes Muilu said. “I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it.” “Why are they taking us round and round, it is all over the news that the plane crashed,” said Edwin Ong’undi, who had been waiting for his sister. “All we are asking for is information to know about their fate.” Kenya’s transport minister, James Macharia, said an emergency response had been set up for family and friends. “My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said. Records show that the plane was new. The Planespotters civil aviation database shows that the Boeing 737-8 MAX was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November. In a statement, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the crash and that a technical team was ready to provide assistance at the request of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. In October, another Boeing 737-8 MAX plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, killing all 189 people on board the plane Lion Air flight. The cockpit data recorder showed that the jet’s airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been fixed. The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in 2010, when the plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Beirut killing all 90 people on board. Sunday’s crash comes as the country’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the airline and other sectors to foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centred economy. Ethiopian Airlines has been expanding assertively, recently opening a route to Moscow and in January inaugurating a new passenger terminal in Addis Ababa to triple capacity. Speaking at the inauguration, the prime minister challenged the airline to build a new “Airport City” terminal in Bishoftu _ where Sunday’s crash occurred.

Canada is not China

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Canada is not China

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Christmas:

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Christmas:

“Merry Christmas, Canada! “Today, our family joins Christians across the country and around the world to celebrate the birth of Christ. “It’s a time to spread joy and cheer, appreciate our blessings, and honour traditions – whether that’s opening presents, decorating the Christmas tree, sharing a meal together, or setting aside a.....

Vote for Saron Gebreselassie in the 2018 mayoral race in Toronto

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Vote for Saron Gebreselassie in the 2018 mayoral race in Toronto

Vote for Saron Gebreselassie in the 2018 mayoral race in Toronto  Admin  2 days ago  Canada, News, Saron Gebreselassie, Toronto By now, it is expected that the candidacy of Saron Gebreselassie in the 2018 mayoral race in Toronto is known to those who follow local and Eritrean social media. This is just a reminder to Toronto residents.....

Chris Selley: Tory wins easily, but Toronto’s mayoral race was a bizarre missed opportunity

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Chris Selley: Tory wins easily, but Toronto's mayoral race was a bizarre missed opportunity

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This campaign was supposed to be about whether and how we could do much better, much faster. Instead, it was very nearly a non-event

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Chris Selley Chris Selley October 22, 2018 Goodness knows Toronto has had odd mayoral election campaigns before. John Tory lost one 15 years ago in which the most memorable issue was whether or not to build a bridge across a 150-meter channel between the Island Airport and the mainland. But the campaign Tory won Monday night, with a thumping 63-to-24-per-cent win over former city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, takes the biscuit. In 15 years, people will struggle to explain what on earth this campaign was supposed to be about. The 2003 campaign wasn’t really about the stupid bridge, of course. The bridge stood in for the relatively pragmatic conservative and urbanist liberal worldviews of Tory and eventual winner David Miller, respectively. The MacGuffin this year was “standing up for Toronto.” Keesmaat and the progressives who rallied behind her insisted that’s what Tory failed to do when Premier Doug Ford announced a plan to slash city council in half. Ford went so far as to invoke the notwithstanding clause — which is pretty compelling evidence of how determined he was to get his way. But Keesmaat insisted she would have done … well, something more than Tory. For reasons no one has managed to articulate, Ford would have caved. That was literally the impetus for her campaign. While Keesmaat worked closely with Tory on many of his key accomplishments at City Hall — and indeed endorsed his re-election not so long ago — it was always clear she preferred a more ambitious approach to city-building. It wasn’t until more than a month after her campaign launch, though, that she gave her supporters anything to chew on besides “standing up for Toronto.” She vowed she would tear down the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway, which Tory championed rebuilding as unobtrusively as possible. The left didn’t so much rejoice as exhale. Here, finally, was a symbolic issue around which a narrative could form: Tearing it down would express Keesmaat’s forward-thinking agenda of densification, parks, reprioritizing cyclists and pedestrians and transit over the automobile. Keeping it up would express Tory’s penny-pinching small-mindedness. Only that was pretty much all we got. Keesmaat threw in the towel on the other bane of Toronto progressivism, the Scarborough subway. She argued Ford was determined to build it anyway, so Toronto should take its contribution and focus on more useful projects. It was a defensible stance to a point, but her entire campaign was predicated on standing up to Ford, and for Toronto, against terrible decision-making of precisely the sort that is giving us the Scarborough subway.
Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat speaks after losing to incumbent John Tory on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Dave Abel/Postmedia
Most amazingly, but for the $500 million in alleged savings for her Gardiner East teardown and a “property tax surtax” on homes worth more than $4 million, she essentially adopted Tory’s fiscal plan. The mayor’s re-election campaign came in hot after Keesmaat’s surprise entry, accusing her of planning to jack up your taxes. That’s precisely what her core supporters wanted her to do, of course, and in the past she had always argued the city needs more revenue. She countered by pledging to keep property taxes at or below inflation, with no other big revenue play to pay for progressive ambitions. To the NDP campaign machine that scooped Keesmaat up, that no doubt seemed like the safe, professional play. But Keesmaat was never going to win this thing. And she did significantly worse than it was reasonable to expect, not even pulling the 30-per-cent that’s generally thought of as Toronto’s baked-in progressive base. For heaven’s sake, she did almost exactly as well as Olivia Chow did in 2014 in a three-person race! Could she really have done any worse being truer to herself? Speaking of which, congratulations to John Tory. As head of CivicAction, he went around cajoling GTA mayors to support new “revenue tools.” In his first term he supported a special levy on property taxes for his “city-building fund,” raising land transfer taxes and implementing a (no-brainer) hotel tax. Most remarkably, he did what was once considered unthinkable: getting both Queen’s Park and City Council (in a 32-9 vote!) to approve tolling the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.
Toronto mayor John Tory celebrates his re-election victory at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel on Monday, Oct 22, 2018. Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia
Even at a paltry $2 per trip, that would have been an estimated $200-million annual windfall. It could have been far more. Now Tory boasts of the $170 million in gas tax revenue he got from Premier Kathleen Wynne after she reneged under pressure from her doomed 905 caucuses. Fair play to him — and the incident is to Wynne’s enduring shame, not Tory’s — but that’s money Ford could cut off with the stroke of a pen. Tory knows just as well as Keesmaat that the city needs more cash, and needs to raise it itself with tools it already has at its disposal. His attacks on her non-existent plans to do just that leave him no better placed to address roughly $30-billion of the capital projects council have approved but not funded. Toronto could do a whole lot worse than Tory — has done, in fact, very recently and for most of its post-amalgamation history. But with Kesmaat’s entry, this campaign was supposed to be about whether and how we could do much better, much faster. It could and should have been a valuable reality-based democratic exercise. Instead, it was very nearly a non-event.
 

Toronto mayoral candidates go head-to-head in Global News debate

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Toronto mayoral candidates go head-to-head in Global News debate

  Affordable housing, city taxes and public transit were just some of the topics argued by four of the city's mayoral candidates during a debate that was hosted by Global News.

International Day of the Girl

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International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a UN international observance dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world. In Canada, this day is an important part of Women’s History Month celebrations. Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty, and discrimination. In Canada, girls.....

 
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