PARIS — Politicians working to harness the power of social media to connect with voters need to figure out how to do so positively in the face of leaders using those platforms to undermine democracy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Without mentioning anyone by name at an event in Paris on Monday morning, Trudeau suggested there are politicians who are trying to use platforms like Twitter to foster polarization and controversy in the electorate.The medium is not without its benefits, Trudeau said, pointing to the ease of putting out a tweet of condolence or support being easier, more direct and resonating more with citizens than issuing a press statement carried by traditional media.That same ease and directness that Trudeau said can be used to build confidence in government and democratic institutions can just as easily be used by politicians trying to “make you angry or make you divided or make you hate your neighbour” — pitting one kind of social media politician against the other.“If it ends up in a screaming match between one side versus the other side, whoever is better at nasty is going to win,” Trudeau said at a Paris conference on the use of technology by governments.“If we actually think about it, it’s easier to push someone into being angry — it’s harder to pull them into being positive and earnest and involved.”The discussion was driven by U.S. President Donald Trump, who regularly uses Twitter to fire up his legions of followers and vent at his critics.Trudeau has been a target of Trump’s irate tweeting, particularly after the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que., over the prime minister’s comments on trade negotiations.When asked directly to comment about Trump’s Twitter usage, Trudeau suggested Trump is just being Trump.“I think it’s important that people are authentic and he’s certainly authentic,” Trudeau said.The comments came one day after Trudeau and other world leaders issued dire warnings about leaders calling themselves nationalists and the problems they pose for maintaining peace and the world order built in the aftermath of the world wars.Again, no names were mentioned, but the warnings seemed clearly aimed at Trump who has repeatedly professed his “American” nationalism.Trudeau suggested he doesn’t call out Trump by name in any criticism in order to keep the peace with Canada’s neighbour to the south.“One of the things that Canadians expect of me is to continue to stand up for Canadian values, for Canadian interests as I always do loudly and clearly sharing our perspectives on how to build a better world, while at the same time keeping a constructive relationship with our closest neighbour and largest trading partner — and that’s what I will continue to do,” he said.Trudeau also took time at the conference to tout his government’s progress on digitizing the way it delivers services.The prime minister has made the use of technology and data a priority in providing government programs to Canadians through digital channels alongside better, more up to date information to feed federal decisions.In September, the federal government launched its new “digital standards” to help public servants navigate their way towards what the Liberals call an “effective digital government.”But there have been hiccups along the way.A pilot project from Statistics Canada to scoop up anonymized and randomized banking transactions on 500,000 Canadians has faced steep criticism from opposition parties in the House of Commons.And internal documents obtained by The Canadian Press paint a clearer picture of detailed work underway to overcome the challenges the civil service faces in meeting the Liberals’ digital goals.Documents obtained under the Access to Information Act suggest challenges in how to handle vast amounts of disparate data, the funding needed to acquire or generate data to fill gaps, and “legal and cultural impediments to sharing and accessing data.”The prime minister travels later Monday to Singapore for a summit organized by a 10-nation bloc that will put his government’s trade diversification plans on display.Trudeau is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia that began Friday with a gathering of world leaders in France to mark a century since the end of the First World War.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed all processes of the West Bengal rural polls to be suspended till April 16, when the State Election Commission (SEC) will submit a report on the measures it has taken to ensure peaceful filing of nominations by the Opposition.Justice Subrata Talukdar also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the BJP for misrepresentation, likening the party’s conduct to “forum hopping” after the saffron brigade approached both the high court and the Supreme Court on similar pleas. The state government has decided to move the division Bench of the high court on Friday challenging the single Bench’s verdict. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe high court has ordered the SEC to submit on April 16 a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected, amongst other information.Trinamool counsel and party MP, Kalyan Banerjee, argued both inside the court and outside that according to Article 243-O of the Constitution, courts do not have right to interfere in electoral matters after the election process has begun. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We are approaching a Division Bench against this order,” said Banerjee.The BJP had already moved a caveat before the Division Bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Arindam Mukherjee where the TMC is supposed to move their petition challenging the single Bench order.It is learnt that Justice Talukdar will take a decision on resuming the poll process after getting the SEC’s report.Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the Opposition has nothing to rejoice as the people of Bengal are with the TMC and its development agenda. “We have full faith in the judiciary. They are trying to delay the election process as they have no organisational strength. Elections will be held today or tomorrow and then it will be proved clearly that the people of the state have full faith in our development agenda. The changes that we have brought about will reflect in the vote box,” Chatterjee said. It may be mentioned that Justice Talukdar’s order came in the wake of a petition moved by the Bengal unit of the BJP, alleging that the ruling Trinamool Congress has resorted to violence to prevent their candidates from filing nominations for the forthcoming Panchayat polls.The Congress welcomed the high court orders. “I salute the high court. At least they are listening to our agony when the government, police and even the State Election Commission are turning a deaf ear to our pleas,” said state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury.”We welcome the decision of the Calcutta High Court,” said MoS heavy industry and Lok Sabha MP Babul Supriyo.Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the verdict of the single Bench has proved that the allegations that we have made are genuine.Elections are scheduled to be held in three phases from May 1, 3 and 5 with the counting happening on May 8. The filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls began on April 2 and ended on April 9. Scrutiny of nominations took place on April 11. The withdrawal of nomination had started on Thursday and with the high court’s order, the process has been stalled.
Kolkata: The Traffic Guard Headquarters of Kolkata Traffic Police will organise a Safe Drive Save Life programme on Friday. The programme will be held at Rangers Club, which senior police officers will be attending.At the same time, in a bid to create awareness on road safety, an inter-school slogan and poster competition was also organised, the final of which is going to be held on Friday. Around 10 students of classes 4 to 12 participated in the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAn orientation workshop for commuters and drivers will also be organised on Friday. Around 100 people, including 50 drivers of buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws will be attending the workshop. The programme would commence at 12 noon.A video that was prepared by the officers of the Traffic Guard Headquarters to create awareness on road safety, will be shown to the drivers in the orientation workshop. The video was selected as the third best in a competition organised by Kolkata Police.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign to check the number of road accidents and it has helped in bringing down the number significantly.
Share Tags: Canada OTTAWA — The federal government has imposed new airline security measures on certain Canada-bound flights, but it provided precious few details Tuesday, citing a need for secrecy.Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting.Garneau said the measures – in place until further notice – would ensure greater security on flights coming to Canada “from certain countries,” but he added little else.The National Airlines Council of Canada, which represents major carriers including Air Canada, had no immediate comment.The federal decision comes after the U.S. and Britain moved last month to bar certain electronic devices from airline cabins on flights originating from some countries in the Middle East and Africa.Canada has not followed suit on that measure and Garneau said such devices continue to be permitted in airline cabins.The latest decision is based on the government’s “evaluation of risk,” he said.“I’m not in a position to tell you from where for obvious security reasons, and I’m not in a position to tell you specifically the measures either, and you will understand that for security reasons we don’t talk about these things, but we have, following our analysis, put in place additional measures.”More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthGarneau noted that similar measures have been imposed in past years on flights from other continents.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the move was based on evidence, but offered no details. He did not answer directly when asked if the measures were prompted by a specific threat.“We take all the necessary precautions to make sure that Canadians are kept safe in all of their activities, both within the country and travel around the world,” he said.“We don’t take steps in a capricious way. Canadians need to be assured that everything that needs to be done to safeguard their safety and the safety of air travel is in fact being done.” Posted by Wednesday, April 12, 2017 The Canadian Press New security measures announced for some Canada-bound flights, but that’s all we know << Previous PostNext Post>>