The CRTC celebrates 150 years of Canadian communications

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quick FactsThe CRTC has named 16 rooms in honour of 23 men and women who helped shape the Canadian communications system.The CRTC has also named the Agora at its National Headquarters in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first Chairman.The selection of room names was made according to criteria such as posthumous recognition, ethnic diversity, geographic representation and temporality.A committee of five senior officials, including the Chairman of the CRTC, was mandated to evaluate the suggestions and information provided by CRTC employees.Quote“As part of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC is proud to honour entrepreneurs, inventors, public figures and great communicators who, each in their own way, have transformed the Canadian communications sector.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC Twitter OTTAWA–GATINEAU, March 21, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) honoured exceptional Canadians who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.As part of its commemoration project to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the CRTC recognized 23 exceptional men and women for their contribution to the Canadian communications system, by giving their names to the Commission’s meeting rooms. These individuals are: Israel “Izzy” Asper, Henri Audet, John Bassett, Alexander Graham Bell, Nancy Devine (former CRTC employee), Reginald Fessenden, Barbara Frum, Harold Greenberg, Matthew Halton, Foster Hewitt, Judith Jasmin, Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak, René Lecavalier, John Lombardi, Marcel Masse, J-Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, Ted Rogers, Jean-Louis Roux, Jeanne Sauvé, Graham Spry, and Réal Therrien.At the same time, the Agora at the CRTC’s National Headquarters was named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC’s first Chairman and a prominent figure in the areas of Canadian communications and culture.last_img read more


first_imgAmy Schumer will perform two surprise shows at Just for Laughs in Montreal. | Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Check for tickets: $34.88 plus taxes and fees, for Thursday’s show and $31.85 for Friday. Twitter Advertisement Just For Laughs announced she will perform two “up close and personal” shows, on Thursday and Friday.If last-minute planning is your thing, Just for Laughs has you covered.The Montreal comedy festival announced Thursday that comedian Amy Schumer will host two “up close and personal” shows this week, one Thursday evening at Maison Theatre at 9:30 p.m. and another Friday at Gesù Theatre at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Hudaks Conservatives snub First Nations town hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s political parties did their best to convince First Nations chiefs that they have what it takes to govern the province.Well at least most of the parties did their part.A town hall was held in Toronto Wednesday night in advance of next month’s election.As APTN National News reporter Donna Smith tells us, one party was noticeably absent from the debate.last_img

Chiefs prepare for meeting with Harper

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe moment of reckoning for First Nations is soon approaching.As chiefs from across the country meet at the a special assembly in Ottawa, they’re hoping to have a plan of action in place for next month’s First Nations-Crown gathering with the prime minister and his cabinet ministers.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

AFN planning October education meeting

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Assembly of First Nations is planning to hold a special, self-funded chiefs’ gathering on education in October in the Ottawa region.The AFN said in a statement that the three day gathering would be held between Oct. 2 to 4 in either Ottawa or in Gatineau, Que.The AFN said the gathering will be organized with no government money, but be “completely self-sufficient.”A spokesperson for the AFN said part of the funding would come from registration fees and sponsors.“Our direction forward must address the treaty right to education, First Nation jurisdiction over education, fairness and equity in funding and resources to support language and cultural instruction,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo in the statement. “First Nations are the youngest and fastest growing segment of the population. Their future is Canada’s future.”The education gathering was mandated by AFN-member chiefs during the last annual general assembly in Toronto which saw the re-election of Atleo.The AFN said that 219 First Nations communities need new schools and 70 per cent of those communities have been waiting for a new school for five years and 13 per cent have been waiting for more than 20 years.“First Nation schools and infrastructures require predictable, adequate and stable funding supported by strong First nations systems,” said Atleo. “Delivering a curriculum that respects our rights, our languages and identities and strengthens the fabric of our families and communities.”last_img read more

Trudeau tells UN of Canadas shame over Indigenous Peoples

first_img(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking at the United Nations Thursday. Photo: Catherine McKenna)The Canadian PressUNITED NATIONS, N.Y. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used a speech to the United Nations on Thursday to probe a source of national shame: the historic struggles of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.He spoke of forced migration and forced family separation in residential schools, which he said left a devastating legacy on reserves to this day.He said Canada came to exist without the consent and participation of the Indigenous populations who had lived there for millenniums.“For indigenous peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect and abuse,” he said.It was the major theme of his address, which did not gloss over the country’s failures and even referred to the international condemnation they have drawn.But he also looked ahead to at a series of solutions: better infrastructure on reserves, better housing, signing of the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples and a dismantling of the old Indian Affairs department.“Canada remains a work in progress,” he said. “For all the mistakes we’ve made, we remain hopeful.”Trudeau used these examples to bolster his main point here at the UN this week: that Canada is ready to take on complex challenges, at home and abroad, and deserves a seat on the Security Council.The rest of the speech focused on climate change, international trade rules aimed at helping workers and his controversial tax reform which he cited as an example of his middle-class-friendly policies.Trudeau drew applause when he promised to keep supporting the international climate-change treaty.“There is no country on the planet that can walk away from the challenge and reality of climate change.” he said.He also promised to stick to his efforts to empower women and girls.The prime minister’s reference to his tax plans drew a Twitter rebuke from Conservative MP Garnett Genuis:“Unbelievable. Trudeau praising his terrible small business tax grab during UN speech. Save that for home at the very least.”Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Faced with offramp Calgary continues on road to potential 2026 Olympic bid

first_imgBy all indications, it appeared the path to a potential 2026 Calgary Olympic bid was about to end.But when it came down to stopping the process or continuing, those who were considered key votes in the discussion opted not to change course.“It’s a valid question,” Ward 1 Cllr. Ward Sutherland said after voting along with eight of his colleagues in reaffirming support for a possible bid.The vote came after he had said publicly that he would be voting the other way around.“I got some additional financial information that I’m more confident in,” he said.Sutherland and colleague Diane Colley-Urquhart were two of the eight councillors who voted yes to forming the Olympic bid corporation, which would be responsible for forming a bid book should Calgary eventually move forward on 2026.Both councillors had signalled however that they were changing their minds, with Colley-Urquhart saying in recent weeks, it may be time to “put the brakes on” for various reasons, including the possible timeline for a plebiscite.“The whole thing sounds crazy to me the way it’s unfolded,” she said earlier this month. “It’s almost untenable, it’s almost as if we’re being backed into a corner with our own money.”Sutherland said when he heard that more financial details of a possible bid would be coming roughly six weeks from now at a $1 million cost, as opposed to the $30 million BidCo. budget, that was a major factor.“If it’s not financially a smart thing to do, let’s end it in June, then we give the money back, it didn’t cost the $30 million,” he said. “If it makes sense, let’s go ahead with the plebiscite.”The vote came on the heels of some heated debate at City Hall, with accusations of favouritism and bias against the mayor and city administration, a lack of skeptical analysis, fear of cost overruns and massive distrust in going into business with the International Olympic Committee.But Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday’s meeting was a positive signal.“I’m really happy that councillors, including the two you mentioned, but all of them really spent a ton of time over the weekend, considering their position, analyzing themselves, asking themselves questions,” he said. “It’s really easy to get caught on the daily irritations or the little things.“I was really encouraging my council colleagues to think about the big picture, about what we’d be giving up if we stopped now, about what the opportunity cost was and that’s really what I heard in the debate today.”On Friday, both the Calgary Olympic community and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce urged council to vote yes on continuing the process, fearing the potential end.After the vote, summer and winter Olympian Seyi Smith admitted he was nervous going in.“Each one (councillor) of them has their constituents they’re looking out for, and I think as long as we do it right, they’re all reasonable people and the right decision will be made,” he said.“The hat we’re wearing is that of citizens,” he added. “We want to make our city the best possible city it can, so like I said, the onus is on us to do this right.”The six councillors who voted no to the BidCo. were the same six who voted no on Monday, with Cllr. Jeromy Farkas reading out a number of IOC scandals as one of his reasons to vote no, as published by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.CTF Alberta Director Colin Craig said he’s not convinced Calgary’s approach to an ethically-driven bid is the point in dealing with the IOC.“We could spend $30 million, have the best bid in the world and then lose out because our guys haven’t bribed people like other countries may have done,” he said, adding cost is the other factor.“There’s no business case to continue proceeding with an Olympics,” Craig said, adding he likely won’t believe the June numbers and questioned the Chamber’s endorsement.“I’m not sure whether or not they actually did a survey,” he said. “We have a lot of small businesses that donate to us, and they’re supporters, and they’re very concerned.”Council also voted to form a new oversight subcommittee made up of four councillors and the mayor, which will be discussed next Monday, along with public engagement and plebiscite operations.last_img read more

Life circumstances change So should your will estate experts say

first_imgCALGARY – Estate planning expert Lynne Butler loves to tell the cautionary tale of a widow in her 80s who had six children and six real estate properties.When it came time for her to make her final wishes known, she sat at her desk and hand-wrote a will that bequeathed her home to the child who lived with her and cared for her, and carefully doled out the other parcels of mainly rural land to each of her other five grown children.What she didn’t account for was something called capital gains tax — all of the properties had gained in value over the decades and all except her principal residence (which is exempt) owed thousands of dollars in taxes. There wasn’t nearly enough cash in the estate to pay the tax bill.“Normally, (the heirs) can’t inherit the property until the tax is paid, so what actually ends up happening is that one or more of the properties gets sold to pay the tax. So someone ends up not getting their property,” said Butler.“And that’s where the fight begins, right? Whose property are you going to sell?”The widow’s dilemma is all too typical of the drama that can split families apart when poorly written or out-of-date wills legally bind the hands of an executor who has to figure out how to make the deceased’s final wishes a reality.Butler said the widow was lucky to have sought advice from an expert before it was too late.She bought life insurance — at a very high price because of her age — to provide the funds the estate would need to pay off its tax bill.Everyone should review their will every five to seven years or after every substantial life event, says Henry Villanueva, counsel for MacMillan Estate Planning in Calgary.Those life events include birth or adoption of a child or grandchild, marriage, recovery of an inheritance, children moving out of the home and loans to relatives to buy a house or pay for education, as well as death, divorce and remarriage.“When we pass — and we will pass — all of our assets are deemed to be disposed upon death, and along with this deemed disposition is an assessment for tax on the gain on assets at the point of death, to the exclusion of assets that are rolled over from spouse to spouse … or assets that automatically flow over, as when spouses jointly own property,” Villanueva said.Butler said many people draft wills when they get married and have children because they want to ensure their spouse inherits their goods and that their children, if both parents die, are sent to a chosen guardian. Many people use do-it-yourself will kits because their wishes and assets are simple.Decades later, however, the kids are out on their own and the family fortune has grown to include a home, retirement funds, bank accounts, part ownership of a vacation condo, stocks and bonds and multiple vehicles.“A lot of people make their wills when they’re married and start having kids. Then one day they realize, ‘Well, now I’ve got grandkids.’ So it’s time to update. All their kids are over 18, they don’t need guardianships any more,” Butler said.In all Canadian provinces except B.C., Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan, getting married revokes previous wills, which means a new will must be signed.New wills should contain a clause revoking all previous wills. Minor adjustments to a will can be made via a “codicil” or addition, although Butler said that isn’t done very often anymore.Changed circumstances could also mean changing your executor, noted Villanueva.A close relative who was able 20 or 30 years ago to handle the crucial executor duties of listing assets and liabilities, then paying the bills and distributing the remaining assets to heirs, may not have the financial acumen to do the same now with a more complicated portfolio.The original executor may now be elderly or infirm or may have moved out of province.Butler said she’s a big fan of hiring a trust company to act as executor, especially if the estate is complicated. She said a professional executor has the knowledge to shepherd the process through efficiently without any emotional baggage.The trust company’s fees will be extracted from the estate, she said, but are usually set at the same rate or lower than what a court might authorize to be paid for any executor, including a close relative, in recognition of the work involved.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitterlast_img read more

US productivity growth slows to 22 per cent rate in Q3

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lacklustre gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.The rise in productivity in the July-September period followed a 3 per cent rate of increase in the second quarter, which had been the strongest figure in three years. Labor costs rose at a 1.2 per cent rate after having fallen at a 1 per cent rate in the second quarter.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak throughout the current recovery that began in June 2009. Analysts have been unable to come up with definitive reasons for the slowdown.Productivity last year rose by just 1.1 per cent. Over the past decade, productivity has been up at an average annual rate of 1.3 per cent, just about half the 2.1 per cent gains seen in the seven decades starting in 1947. The period from 2000 to 2007 saw even stronger annual gains of 2.7 per cent, a burst that was credited to efficiency improvements achieved with the introduction of high-tech computers and other devices to the workplace.A slowdown in the third quarter had been expected given that overall output, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to a still-strong annual rate of 3.5 per cent in the April-June quarter after a sizzling 4.2 per cent growth rate in the second quarter. With less output and hours worked rising at a rate of 1.8 per cent, productivity edged lower.Economists said they were not concerned about the slight acceleration in labour costs. The Federal Reserve closely watches various gauges of compensation to make sure that wages and salaries, the biggest component of business expenses, are not rising at such a rapid pace that the economy could be in danger of overheating.“Any rise in core inflation from here will be very modest, allowing the Fed to continue with its policy of gradually normalizing interest rates,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Finding a solution to the slowdown in productivity growth is one of the key economic challenges facing the country. Rising productivity is critical to boosting standards of living because productivity gains allow companies to pay workers more without having to increase the cost of their products, which can be inflationary.Economists are uncertain why productivity has remained static during a nine-year expansion. Some explanations include the difficulty of pulling out of the deep 2007-2009 recession and reluctance of companies to invest in new productivity-enhancing equipment.Without a significant improvement in productivity, the Trump administration will find it difficult to achieve its goal of sustained GDP growth of 3 per cent or better each year. An economy’s potential for growth is determined by an expansion in the labour force, which is determined largely by birth rates and immigration, as well as the growth in productivity.In a separate report, the Labor Department said that the number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, dipped by 2,000 last week to 214,000, further evidence of a healthy labour market. The government will release the October unemployment report on Friday and the expectation is that the jobless rate will remain at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent.last_img read more

Bihar RTI activist lands in jail in connection with SCST Act

first_imgNew Delhi: Filing an RTI to get information about policy decisions is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes, you may be behind the bars for seeking information about officials in the government.In a similar case that has come to the notice, an RTI activist Hemant Kumar has been sent to judicial custody in connection with SC/ST atrocities act case for seeking information regarding a top IPS officer in Bihar. Kumar, who dubbed the charges as fabricated, had also urged chief information commissioner (CIC), New Delhi to defer the scheduled video conferencing. The conferencing was scheduled for March 18 in regard to his query about MSc degree of the officer. As his case was heard on the scheduled date without his presence, Kumar was arrested on March 24, a few days after the hearing of his case by the CIC. Sources have claimed that Kumar was fighting against various irregularities and seeking information under the RTI including overstay of a regional rural bank’s employees at the same branch. Sources further claimed that Kumar’s query had led to the transfer of several bank employees, including a woman who had lodged a case against him with Mithanpura police station. On December 21, 2012, Muzaffarpur police was not only arrested him but paraded in the town with placards dangling on his chest and back saying he was a habitual eve-teaser. When produced before the chief judicial magistrate, he was granted bail. The then SHO Jitendra Prasad, who had forced Kumar to wear the placard, apologised in court following a show-cause notice against him. While talking to Millennium Post, Kumar’s advocate Sumit Kumar Suman said that one Ajay Kumar Paswan of Vaishali lodged an FIR against his client with SC/ST police station on March 12 on the charges of forgery.last_img read more

Casablanca Buses to Adopt the Trams Ticket System in mid2014

first_imgCasablanca – According to daily La Vie Eco, Casablanca’s M’dina buses will start using the same ticket management system used by Casa Tram by the first half of 2014.According to the same source, the project has reached a completion rate of 85%. However, for interoperability to be effective, there remain certain issues that need be addressed, starting with the rates and the distribution of revenues between the company that manages M’dina buses and the one that operates the tramway.These points will be discussed by the City Council during the first quarter of 2014, as the quality of services or investments made by each party are unequal. It should also be noted that after a year of service, Casa Tram has already exceeded its objectives in terms of number of passengers.With 21.8 million transported passengers, the tram transports a daily average of 100,000 passengers, while the initial objective was set to 85000.This has generated revenues of MAD 123 million last December. However, the company could not avoid a deficit of MAD 189 million in its first year.For the management of Casa Transport, interoperability with the bus will play a key role in balancing the tram’s finances, since it would help generate sufficient revenues to cover operating expenses.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributelast_img read more

Moroccos city Dakhla to Host Crans Montana Forum on Africa in

Geneva  – The prestigious Crans Montana Forum has chosen the Moroccan city of Dakhla as the host of its 9th annual session on March 4-6, 2015 under the theme “Africa and South-South Cooperation South”.The Forum “has chosen the city of Dakhla for its 2015 annual session”, a special meeting intended to be “an opportunity to promote peace and dialogue”, Jean-Paul Carteron, president of the Forum told MAP.Dakhla “is a model for the future of Morocco and Africa and has an outstanding strategic position as a economic and commercial hub”, he added. The forum, which will be held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, will bring together heads of states and governments, ministers, MPs and businesses from all over the world, but more particularly from Africa, the Arab world, central Asia and south America, according to the Forum’s website. read more

Tunisias New President to Visit Morocco and Algeria

Rabat – The recently-elected president of Tunisia Béji Caïd Essebsi is due to pay his first official visit to Algeria and Morocco later this month.Tunisian Daily Kapitalis quoted the future official spokesman of the presidency Moez Sinaoui as saying that the date of the visit has not yet been specified.He went on to add that the visit will take place before the 24th session of the African Union Summit, which is scheduled to take place on January 30. Sinaoui clarified that President Essebsi will visit both Algeria and Morocco in the same day,”so as to spare the feelings of the neighbors who have an equal place in the hearts of Tunisians.”This is not the first time Béji Caïd Essebsi has visited Morocco. In 2011, he visited Rabat with an official Tunisian delegation a few weeks after his appointment as president of the Tunisian interim government.Edited by Timothy Filla. read more

Moroccans to Organize One Million March to Honor the Prophet

Taroudante – A group of Moroccan social media users are preparing for a “one million march”  for February 1 in protest of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition, which contains new provocative cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam in its first issue after the attacks on its headquarters in Paris.The organizing committee reportedly gathered yesterday in Casablanca to make the necessary arrangements so that the rally will be successful.A few days after it was announced, more than seven thousand have expressed their willingness to attend the event. According to the organizers, the rally, which is under the theme “No to mocking the prophet, No to terrorism,” will take place on February 1 at 10:00 am in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city.The organizers of the event said on their Facebook page that the aim of the march is to confirm that Moroccans denounce terrorism, but at the same time will not accept any mockery of the prophet of Islam.Officially, Morocco denounced the attacks that targeted the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, which killed twelve.At the same time, it banned the latest issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and all publications that have reprinted the provocative cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.The majority of social media users applauded Morocco’s refusal to participate in the solidarity march on Sunday in Paris, which was attended by more than 50 world leaders.Photo by Mohamed Mouad© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Video New Yorks Empire State Building Lit Up in Green to

New York’s Empire State Building was lit in green yesterday to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.“The skyscraper was illuminated with the green lights until 2:00 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning when the building traditionally turns out its lights,” according to AFP.

Belgian Imam Calls for Not Observing Feast Sacrifice in Eid al

Rabat – After the ban on religious slaughter without stunning the animal by the Ministry of Animal Welfare in Flanders and Wallonia in Belgium, the Muslim community began protesting in various ways for the right to slaughter rams during Eid Al Adha in the halal method.Khaled Harra, the imam of the Forest Mosque, said in a statement that the Muslim community has other solutions.Instead of observing the religious practice of slaughtering a ram during the feast, the imam called on Muslims “to either send the same sum of money to those who do not have the means to make their religious sacrifice, or spend that money profitably (i.e. finance projects here in Belgium).” Commenting on the new rules by the Belgian Ministry of Animal Welfare, the imam considers them discriminatory.“We pay our taxes! And for farmers who are in crisis, this represents a significant revenue, right?” the imam questioned.“We feel increasingly stigmatized. Every time, we feel that these laws target Muslims. One can sense a growing Islamophobic climate, “he added.By not making the sacrifice, the imam hopes to penalize farmers and push the government to react.Muslims all over the world will observe Eid-al-Adha on September 23 or 24. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, the event commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Ontario premier defends carbon tax recession claims in wake of criticism

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier is defending his claims that a federal carbon tax will cause Canada to plunge into recession after the federal government and economists said he was incorrect.Doug Ford used social media to criticize the economists who disputed his claim, saying a carbon price will increase the cost of goods for Ontario residents.Ford claimed on Monday that the federal carbon price will be an economic disaster and lead to recession.He doubled down on the remarks today, saying the threat of such a situation is real.Economists say there is no credible analysis to back up Ford’s claims and that a carbon price will have a small impact on the national economy.The federal government also disagrees with Ford’s claim, saying its plan will cut emissions and grow the economy.The Canadian Press read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Proud of its Efforts to Welcome Integrate

Tetouan – Morocco is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants, and will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach, King Mohammed VI said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.Morocco, “which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure”, was one of the first countries of the South to “adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants. This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded”, the King underlined.As part of the implementation of this policy, the kingdom has regularized the situation of migrants “using fair and reasonable standards”, the Sovereign recalled, adding that the country has “provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community”. The Moroccan Monarch challenged those who criticize Morocco to “provide migrants with something – if only a fraction of what we have offered”, regretting that a distorted approach to migration issues was adopted in the Mediterranean. “As a result, there has been no real policy to integrate migrants”, the Sovereign said.The King noted with satisfaction that migrants are “hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities”.“Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland”, he added.This humanitarian policy has earned Morocco the honor of co-chairing, alongside Germany, the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017-2018, the Monarch recalled. read more

Guerguerat Polisario Refuses to Comply With UNSGs Call

Casablanca – The Polisario Front has to withdraw from the Guerguerat region, and abide by the call made by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres’ to both parties to withdraw from the area. Morocco’s immediate withdrawal from the area of Guerguerat, lauded by a number of counties as a sign of Morocco’s commitment to find reasonable solutions to the conflict in the Moroccan Sahara, was not matched by a similar withdrawal by the Algerian-backed Polisario Front.In its comment about Morocco’s unilateral withdrawal, the Polisario Front asserted that Morocco’s move was a political maneuver seeking to draw support from the international community. Despite the UN Secretary General’s many requests calling on both parties to maintain the post-1991 situation in the southern area, the Polisario Front called for a move to “organize a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.”The Polisario Front released a statement on Sunday claiming that it “supports the request of the Secretary General of the United Nations to respect the spirit and the text of the cease-fire agreement signed in 1991 as part of the UN settlement plan supervised by the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity.”Morocco’s reaction to the UN Secretary General’s request came in the form of a unilateral, unconditioned withdrawal from the area of conflict in the south of Morocco.“In this context, and upon high instructions of HM the King and in order to immediately apply and respect the request made by the UNSG, the Kingdom of Morocco will, as of today, begin its unilateral and immediate withdrawal from the region,” said a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.France, Spain, the United States and the United Nations have commended Morocco’s decision to withdraw from the region.The UN has described Morocco’s withdrawal as “positive movement.”“We obviously welcome the move, and we see it as a positive movement”, Spokesman of UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric said during his daily press briefing on Monday. read more

Five Nigerians Arrested in Casablanca Airport for Cocaine Trafficking

Rabat – Police at the Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca have recently arrested five Nigerian nationals for attempt of cocaine trafficking, the national police (DGSN) announced on Monday.Over 7 kg of the illicit substance, concealed in 360 pills, were removed from the intestines of the suspects at the Ibn Rochd hospital in Casablanca.The accused, coming from Sao-Paulo, were arrested following a routine operation after the scanner detected suspicious pills hidden in their stomach and that might contain cocaine. They were remanded in custody pending the completion of the investigation under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor. read more