first_imgLONDON — The latest minister to quit British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government because of Brexit says the prime minister’s divorce deal with the bloc would leave Britain outnumbered and outmanoeuvred in future negotiations.Ex-Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah likens the agreement to a soccer match where the opposing team is the both referee and rule-maker.The agreement endorsed by EU leaders last weekend includes the legally binding terms of the U.K.’s departure and an ambitious but vague declaration on future relations.Gyimah said Saturday that the agreement was “a deal in name only. We’ve got a wish-list of aspirations that we intend to negotiate with the EU (after) we’ve lost our voice, our veto and our vote.”Britain’s Parliament is due to vote on the accord Dec. 11.The Associated Presslast_img

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first_imgWith the festive season underway, the province is urging drivers to stay safe and sober behind the wheel. “Keeping impaired drivers off our roads is important all year round,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “However, during the busy holiday season, we’re reminding drivers to take extra care and be responsible.” Campaigns such as Operation Christmas have law-enforcement agencies targeting those who drive while impaired by setting up checkpoints throughout the province. Operation Christmas is a joint effort by government and police agencies to improve highway safety in Nova Scotia. The Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual Operation Red Nose campaign, which has volunteers drive callers home in their own vehicles, is another important program that encourages responsible drinking and driving behaviour. MADD’s Red Ribbon campaign reminds Nova Scotians to drive safe and sober and that injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving are completely avoidable. “Ultimately, it’s all about preventing needless deaths and injuries on our roadways,” said Margaret Miller, national president of MADD Canada. “We commend the Nova Scotia government for its recent initiatives and add that, in the end, these measures will help to insure that more Nova Scotian families will be sitting safety around their holiday table.” Ninety-nine people were killed on Nova Scotia roads last year. Of those, 32 were alcohol-related fatalities. Alcohol was the leading contributing factor to fatal collisions in the province last year. “Nova Scotians expect, and deserve, safe highways and streets. And we all share in this responsibility,” said Mr. Scott. “I hope this holiday will be safe and happy for all Nova Scotians.” The province has introduced several legislative, enforcement and awareness initiatives to fight impaired driving, including an alcohol ignition interlock program and the integrated impaired driving enforcement unit. Last month, the province introduced tough, new legislation to fight impaired driving. The proposed legislation would increase the suspension time for people who blow between .05 and .08 on roadside alcohol screening tests.last_img

first_imgWhat would sound alarm bells in the West appears widely accepted. The fans say they feel more comfortable around the idols and are too shy to talk to grown women. “I also tried to be cute. It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to conform to this. It’s very difficult to undo this process; it’s very ingrained.”By: Linda Barnard “I think those men feel somehow threatened by women of their own age,” said Miyake, 40, a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who left Japan at age 26 to study the history of English witchcraft at Oxford University. Miyake doesn’t pass judgment in “Tokyo Idols” about “this thing that’s taken over the cultural scene,” although she questions fans, idols and one performer’s mother about the appropriateness of middle-aged men mooning over very young girls. Miyake follows 19-year-old Rio Hiiragi, who fears she’s coming close to her idol expiration date and campaigns relentlessly to stay on top. “I can’t do this forever,” she says. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “This is a business based on illusion and misunderstanding and these guys are obsessive types, so some do get it wrong and could turn aggressive,” Miyake said. The idols are getting progressively younger. One male fan praises his pre-teen idol crush for being “underdeveloped.” Another grey-haired man spends hours making glittery T-shirts to wear to shows by his favourite teen idol. Miyake also understands the pressure young girls are under in Japan, a society where gender roles tend to the traditional. Facebook Advertisement These carefully timed 60-second meetings with the idols include only one physical interaction: a handshake. An everyday act in many countries, it has sexual undercurrents in Japan, said Miyake. While most men “play by the rules” when meeting idols, one of them 20-year-old Mayu Tomita, was stabbed repeatedly by a lovesick fan last May.center_img Login/Register With: Among them is 43-year-old Koji Yoshida, who drops thousands of dollars a year on idol concert tickets and meet-and-greet “handshake events.” Advertisement Her mostly male fans — who call themselves Rio’s brothers — are socially awkward types not comfortable spending time with women their own age. “Yes, it’s creepy,” acknowledges writer-director Kyoko Miyake of the middle-aged men obsessively following anime-inspired J-pop female idols half their age — and younger — in her documentary “Tokyo Idols.” “I grew up in Japan and I always felt awkward because I couldn’t be cute or act cute and I felt very judged,” Miyake said. Miyake sought out Canadian and U.K. financing rather than Japanese money for the film, allowing her to make the movie her way and be “quite free of censorship” in exploring the idol phenomenon. Advertisement Shot in Japan, the Canada-U.K produced film had its world premiere at Sundance last Friday and will eventually air on Canada’s Super Channel. She hopes “Tokyo Idols” can start a conversation about why some men feel they can only relate to young girls “because in Japan, we are not talking to each other.” Some 10,000 idols are part of a $1-billion annual industry in Japan, where looking “fresh” and “cute” is the goal. Usually under 20, the singer-dancers perform in fantasy costumes that echo schoolgirls, French maids and kittens. Twitterlast_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a troubling report this week.The report, based on the 2006 Census, says that half of the First Nation children in Canada live in poverty.While the news isn’t surprising, many experts wonder why the problem still exists.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

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