to advertise – media partnership call 647 355 3300 email@example.com send your articles, news releases, media invites 647 718 0188 firstname.lastname@example.org the voice of canada vol-1 issue: july 2020 www.thevoiceofcanada.online pages-24 “nothing beats the reward of sitting behind india’s flag and representing the country,” says ms. apoorva srivastava consulate general of india-toronto, canada the last 19 years in my career have been immensely rewarding and satisfying. i have had varied experiences both professionally and personally. by h.c. gera (special correspondent) t he voice of canada takes pride by carrying the exclusive views of the well-known personalities in our es- teemed newspaper who have an en- riched experience during the service career of a high order. it gives me heightened feeling when i share the elucidated ex- periences of ms. apoorva srivastava (ifs) india's consulate general in toronto, canada with my readers. her brilliant diplomatic career is an ex- ample of dedication and devotion of service to- wards the nation to serve the people. ms. apoorva srivastava, after joining the indian foreign service in 2001 served twice in indian embassy in paris, indian embassy in kathmandu. before being ap- pointed as india's consulate general in toronto she has also rendered her services with the minister of external affairs from january 2017 to august 2019. the voice of canada the edited excerpts:- the journey in diplomatic career to be in the service of one’s nation and to serve the people is a reward in itself. the indian foreign ser- vice (ifs) offers tremendous opportunities for per- sonal growth, of new experiences and it is a very empowering career option. my journey in it has been one of discovery and growth. you can well imagine that life in kathmandu is very different from a life in paris or a life in toronto. but if one embraces the immersion in different cultures, the experience becomes educative and enriching. in the end, nothing beats the reward of sitting behind in- dia’s flag and representing the country. the interesting facets of life in 19 years of a diplomatic career the last 19 years in my career have been immense- ly rewarding and satisfying. i have had varied ex- periences both professionally and personally. whether helping to enhance bilateral political and trade relations, serving indian nationals abroad, promoting indian culture in the missions where i have served, or being part of high-level visits-both of indian heads of state/government, ministers abroad or foreign dignitaries coming to india; and organizing various summits held in india like saarc summit, brics summit, india-africa forum summit, pravasi bhartiya diwas and heart of asia summit while i was posted in india, each experience has been invaluable. .... continued on page 3 ,4
2 the voice of canada tvc editorial how to become a millionaire? ho on earth does not love to have swanky cars, plush houses and a fat bank balance? the problem lies in how to get to that destination. most people do not have the desire to figure it out for themselves and expect it to change magically. the quality of who you are as a person, and the work you do, is completely within your control. you can’t simply wish for change to hap- pen, you must become the kind of per- son who naturally attracts the success you seek. whether it’s you, your business, re- lationship, time or money, invest at least 10% for yourself and committed to yourself. this 10% investment will yield a 100x return or profit. it is im- portant to surround yourself with the right mentor. the best mentorships are the ones where you pay your mentor. often, the more you pay the better be- cause you’ll take the relationship far more seriously. it’s only when you in- vest in something that you have the mo- tivation to make it happen. mark twain once said, “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” perhaps the third is the day you land the job of your dreams. we can make our living with our job, but we cannot make over the top money without loving what we do. many peo- ple hate their jobs and know that they want to do something different, but stay in their hated jobs for a long time none- theless. there is always a little risk involved in undergoing change. what happens when you leave even without knowing what you will do next, suddenly, figur- ing out your next steps becomes urgent. that urgency may be a bit uncomfort- able, but it can also be incredibly pow- erful because it frees you up to invest all of your energy into finding the next thing. finding the next thing goes from optional to required. it is important to know the differ- ence between ‘have to’ and ‘want to.’ consume knowledge like air and put your pursuit of learning above every- thing else. a lot of people are good at what they do. some are even elite. a select few are completely unstoppable. those who are unstoppable are in their own world. they don’t compete with anyone but themselves. you never know what they will do — only that you will be forced to respond. even though they don’t compete with you, they make you compete with them. all relationships need to be a two- way street to be functional. but really, before any of that happens: you need to give with zero expectation of return. it’s also of an enormous competitive advantage if you’re born with it; you automatically have a leg up on so many other people in life because you are never distressed waiting for your “pay- ment” to come in. you just give and you’re happier for it. don’t let others tell you that you’re being too nice, or you’re not getting anything in life by doing it. they’re wrong. it is enormous leverage in life and highly recommend- ed. when we give and hope to receive back from the same person, it can be seen as very narrow-minded. the way the world works is that once you give something away, you automatically create space to be able to receive. also, it is said that we receive back 10x what we give. ideas are imaginary plans which are not concrete and sometimes are not ac- complished. when you have a goal you have a deadline to achieve it. without a lock-in period a goal also becomes an idea and sometimes vanishes into thin air. no matter what you call your goals, they must be specific and measurable. make smart goals. ensure that your goals are specific, measurable, attain- able, relevant, and time-bounded. you have a bigger chance of achieving smart goals than those that are vague and too broad or don’t have a specific target date for completion. material goals are important, but the ultimate goal is to become a master in life. in the long run, the greatest benefits we re- ceive from pursuing our dreams are not the outer trappings of fulfilling the dream, but who we become in the pro- cess. always focus on what’s working rather than on what’s not working when setting goals. setting goals can certain- ly change your life. people always complain about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise - be grateful, you are physically able to move around. work and exercise may seem like such trivial things until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them. sit down daily and think through five to ten things you are grateful for. the trick is that you need to picture it in your mind and sit with that feeling of gratitude in your body. doing this every day will rewire your brain to be naturally more grateful, and you’ll start feeling happier day after day. sanjay pahwa editor-in-chief the voice of canada the voice of canada a venture of the voice of chandigarh (india)
ada have spoken twice since the pandemic broke- out. as liberal democracies and open market econo- mies, these countries have much in common and we have much to learn from each other’s experi- ence. we have been lucky to have excellent guid- ance and instructions from our political leadership which is committed to deepening the ties between the two countries. we have assisted each other in the evacuation of our citizens due to the pandemic. india responded with alacrity to the request from canada for sup- plies of hydroxychloroquine (hcq) and paracetamol. our prime minister thanked the ca- the voice of canada we provide a range of consular services to citizens of india, people of indian origin and to the canadian public, says ms. apoorva srivastava consulate general of india-toronto, canada tvc personality one of the most enriching experiences has been working as the staff officer of the external affairs minister of india- with smt. sushma swaraj for two and a half years and then around 4 months with dr. s. jaishankar. it was great exposure for me. i am looking forward to my tenure in toronto to be as fruitful as my earlier postings. role as consul general of india in toronto as india’s consul general in toronto, i head the consulate here. our consulate, of course, provides the basic functions that all diplomatic posts are mandated to offer. first and foremost, the consulate exists to explain and advance india’s policies and actions to the broadest possible audience in the area of canada under our consular jurisdic- tion. second, the consulate reports to the high commis- sion in ottawa and the mea in delhi about developments and opinions in toronto (and the other areas that we cover). third, we work to advance bilateral trade and commer- cial activities. the bilateral trade between india and can- ada is cad 10.3 billion and there is a lot of scope to fur- ther enhance it. among the most important tasks here, we provide a range of consular services to citizens of india, people of indian origin, and to the canadian public. we actively look after the interest of the indian community here, provide emergency services and assistance. recently we have been assisting with the travel of indians back to india as regular flights have been suspended due to covid-19 pandemic. more than 5000 indians have availed the vande bharat mission flights to india, and the consulate has been working 24*7 for facilitating these flights. de- spite the risks and restric- tions, the consulate team is at the airport to assist and orga- nize the flights. we also promote indian cul- ture in canada- the indian film-festival, the jaipur literature festival, the yoga day cel- ebrations, the panorama india parade, and republic day- the consulate is actively as- sociated with all of them. promoting india-canada collaboration in higher education is another important task. we now have 225,000 students from india in various canadian colleges and universities. indian faculty members are playing an impor- tant role in driving forward education growth in canada and we have hundreds of tie-ups between indian and canadian institutions for joint research, exchanges, and collaborations. this is an exciting field and as gta and on- tario region has the highest concentration of canadian institutions, the scale of our respon- sibilities is large too. promoting relations with the persons of in- dian origin, the indian diaspora, is an impor- tant part of our job. with over a million pios in the gta area, this task assumes special significance for us. we undertake these activities by building strong relationships throughout the province with federal, provincial, and local government officials, as well as with a myriad of commercial interests, non-gov- ernmental organizations, service clubs, academia, artistic groups, and others. steps to strengthen international collaboration between india and canada on health & econom- ic crisis hon’ble prime minister narendra modi and his excellency justin trudeau, prime minister of can- the voice of canada 3 covid world, including for advancing humanitar- ian values in the global discourse. covid-19 and impact on the economy of na- tions covid-19 is a global pandemic. it concerns the entire humanity. and we will be able to deal with it only by cooperating on a global scale. india and canada have continuously been engaged in discus- sions on coordinating our global response to the crisis. historically, sharp slumps are followed by periods of boom. we are confident that we will come out stronger and there will be a sharp rise in commercial exchanges on the other side. the need is to start preparing for riding the post-covid 19 waves. we are encouraging canadian companies to look at india as a dependable supplier in global value chains, as a destination for manufacturing and as a profit- able investment destination. the covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the fragility of having a one-point supply de- pendency, and india, with its youthful and skilled popula- tion, competitive labour rates, a growing domestic market and, democratic and rule- based governance system is the obvious choice. in this task, i would like to enlist the support of the chambers of commerce in canada and of the indo-canadian business community. we would be pur- suing commercial engage- ment aggressively once the crisis is over but even now we are open for business and would be very happy to guide and support canadian busi- ness as they explore possibili- ties in india. india’s competitive advantage in terms of land and labour availability and exports has always been a big hope but it is now seeing a turn as global manufacturers long-settled elsewhere are looking to di- versify their manufacturing base. india has scale advan- tage and key success factors locally are also improving. much groundwork has been laid and new policy changes are being made even as you print this. new schemes like production-linked initiative (pli), scheme for promotion of manufacturing of electronics com- ponents and semiconductors (specs), and electronics manufacturing clusters (emc) 2.0 introduced by india are game-changers. several measures had been announced in budget 2020, like abolishing dividend distribution tax (ddt), increase in foreign portfolio investors' limit, and lowering of corporate taxes, along with measures to improve ease of doing busi- ness make india more attractive destination for investments than ever. to make the investments from canada more at- tractive, we have made further changes and pen- sion funds from canada will get the same ben- efits as extended to sovereign wealth funds and the pass-through for reits (real estate invest- ment trusts)/ invits(infrastructure investment trusts) with exemption from ddt will also continue. nadian leadership for taking excellent care of our students during these difficult times. when the pm’s last spoke, they updated each other about the evolving situation related to the cov- id-19 pandemic in their countries, and also dis- cussed the possibilities of international collabora- tion to address the health and economic crisis. our pms have talked of our cooperation, especially through collaboration in research and technology aimed at finding a vaccine or therapeutic solutions to covid-19. they agreed that the india-canada partnership can be a force for good in the post- steps for the welfare and financial support for indian students in canada the canadian government has offered several schemes for the benefit of students. you must re- member that indian students bring in almost $7 bil- lion as tuition fees alone every year to canada. as paying students, our students can also avail of some of these benefits if they fulfill the criteria. there are some schemes offered by the provincial govern- ments as well for the welfare of the students. ....continued on next page
4 the voice of canada personality tvc the voice of canada beware of dubious marriages on basis of promises of immigration, says ms. apoorva srivastava consulate general of india-toronto, canada besides, several colleges and universities have set-up bur- saries to provide immediate support to students. the col- leges and universities are pro- viding counselling to their students on how to best avail of these resources. these should be the first place for students to ask about the ben- efits they are entitled to. in ad- dition, the student’s associa- tions also provide advice to students. i am also glad to share that the indian commu- nity in canada has been sup- porting the needy students with groceries, cooked meals, and even legal counselling. the consulate has also been helping the students with the help of local government, ed- ucational institutions, and lo- cal indian communities. the harassment and exploi- tation of indian brides and deserted spouses in india & canada the bill has not been passed yet, so it is not a law as of now. however, ensuring the safety of indian women is a matter of high priority for us. we are already working close- ly with canadian authorities in this regard and making all our efforts to sensitize them about the fraud marriage issue and ex-party divorce being granted by the local courts to indian nationals who got married in india. the canadian laws are very strict and there is no tolerance for any kind of violence and the sys- tem is in place for providing requisite legal/ shelter assistance to the victims of domestic violence. any indian woman in trouble here can and should reach out immediately to the police and also approach us in the consulate. the canadian mission in india has been re- quested to be very careful in granting visas in case of marriages. but the most effective way to deal with this issue is having a greater awareness of laws and not to rush into dubious marriages on ba- sis of promises of immigration etc. india and canada already have a mutual legal assistance treaty (mlat). this allows the person in india to file a case in india for fraud and cheating, and once the indian court re- quests the canadian govern- ment, the action, under cana- dian law can be taken up here. but it requires formally start- ing a process in india. merely writing petitions is not enough. maintaining a balance be- tween career and family life fortunately, i and my husband anshuman gaur have been posted together since we joined the service in 2001. we have been together in new delhi, paris, and kathmandu. this is the first time that we are living in two separate cit- ies, but we try and meet at least once a month. however, both of us have had very busy assignments and it has been extremely difficult to manage the work-life balance, espe- cially in new delhi when both of us were staff-officers of the ministers. we tried our best to manage our out-station travels in a way that at least one of us stays with our daughters. the leisure pursuits and hobbies the job of indian cg in to- ronto is pretty much 24x7, so there is very little leisure time available. but whatever time i get, i like to spend it with my two lovely daughters and my pet dog. i also enjoy reading, travelling, garden- ing, and once in awhile binge-watching movies and tv series. pearls of wisdom for the new entrants in in- dian foreign service as i have said earlier, this is a wonderful career. you get to serve your country in a wide variety of situations. there is varied work- you can switch between commercial works, to consular work to political work. you get to travel, meet interesting people, visit different cultures- it expands your ho- rizons and improves you as a person. being a diplomat for your country is a big honour, and very few career options can match what the ifs offers.
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6 the voice of canada tvc editor's pick the aftermath of immigration to canada post covid-19 ovid 19 has bought our lives to a halt, canada’s borders are currently closed to the vast majority of foreign nationals. it has impacted our lives massively all over the world and immigration is one impor- tant area that is hugely affected by it too. with the number of cases rising every- where, there have been lots of travel re- strictions, and travelling in itself has be- come very stressful. with the new travel restrictions, the temporary foreign workers and the refugees had to undergo a lot of hardship due to the shutting down of the borders. foreign students are the ones who con- tribute billions of dollars each year to the canadian economy. this is a major reason why strong migration must proceed in the repercussions. but, bringing the foreign students back for the fall session can raise alarming bells for canada as the covid scenario around the world does not look good. before the doors for immigration can be opened up again, canadians lookup for assurance from the government regard- ing their health and safety as a priority. it is a struggle between stabilizing the econ- omy and the well being of canadians as there is no doubt that immigration gener- ates lots of funds to keep the economy go- ing. canada’s three-year future plan calls for the admission of 341,000 permanent residents in 2020, 351,000 in 2021, and 361,000 in 2022. one of the major concerns for the economy will be, handling the rising rate of unemployment in this present scenar- io. with joblessness approaching note- worthy levels, questions are as of now developing about whether those incre- ments in immigration are economical? the economic crisis will have a long term impact on the canadian economy, will canada be able to provide job oppor- tunities to suit an extra 1% of settlers after the emergency has passed within a reason- able timeframe? reports on the levels of immigration would come out by fall as the objectives stay plausible, even from a stra- tegic perspective, given the fringe and travel limitations set up the world over. the pandemic has clearly defined the basic idea of the work newcomers do. many canadians would have found it un- able to survive without the contributions made by the new immigrants. so it is im- portant that the country moves slowly and systematically towards its future goals. temporary foreign workers who are to a great extent utilized by the agribusiness were at first closed out from canada when a choice was made to close the fringe to everything except residents or perpetual inhabitants. the legislature moved quickly to turn around that choice after an objec- tion. the way that individuals considered so fundamental, nonetheless, regularly work in under ideal conditions and with grave vulnerability around their fates has additionally brought up issues about whether the program itself should be re- considered. another program that opened, is fo- cused on those working in meat prepara- tion, mushroom, and nursery creation, just as domesticated animals raising business- es. it would enable them to settle in cana- da forever. the program had been reported a year back and was relied upon to open for applications not long ago, however that was postponed because of the pandemic. family class immigration has been the least affected by the travel restrictions, though their age is a big factor that poses a high health risk during this pandemic, and regarding the eventual fate of the worldwide understudy program which re- mains an unsolved puzzle as of now. with universal understudies emptying an ex- pected $21.6 billion into the economy, their nonattendance this fall as fringes stay shut could be an immense blow. the government is attempting to re- duce that by making a few changes to keep understudies associated with canada. one change reported for the current week has been to permit the individuals who will presently be taking courses online to even now meet all requirements for the under- study working visas that recently required a specific measure of time in canada. another program on stop is refugee resettlement. the liberals were intense- ly reprimanded for closing down that flood of immigrants when they shut the borders in march. advocates still argue that the world's most powerless need help now like never before. canada’s major concern is the well being of its citizens but canada will also remain committed to upholding its refugee re- settlement obligations under internation- al conventions. the government is doing its best to put food on everyone’s plate. canadians are doing tremendously well in coping with this pandemic. keeping the canada- unit- ed states border closed, avoiding unneces- sary travel across the border has indeed helped canada in controlling the pandem- ic. this year has given a new meaning to life. the fear of covid is intense and it will be reflected in travel and tourism trade as well, possibly there can be a dip in it too. amidst all this, those with a keen de- sire of starting a new life in canada will be ready to take the plunge. kavita pahwa editor the voice of canada the voice of canada a venture of the voice of chandigarh (india)
tvc economy photo by slon_dot_pics from pexels the voice of canada 7 unprecedented adverse shock to the global economy covid-19 changes consumer’s spending pattern & behaviour in canada by h. c. gera (special correspondent) t he spending pattern, capac- ity and the be- haviour of the con- sumers has drastically changed due to cov- id-19. the lockdown and uncertainty has forced the people across the globe to redefine the spending pattern. the eco- nomic shutdown has resulted in a drop in jobs and confidence to a great extent. several stores have been closed and the services have either been reduced at many places or are not available. the voice of canada takes an overall view of spending patterns and behaviour af- ter deep analysis in canada and the impact on the economy due to co- vid-19. how & when the consum- er’s spending pattern will change and revive the economy? the pandemic and economic shutdown the covid-19 pandemic re- sulted in a complete economic shutdown. the decline in pric- es of oil and other commodi- ties had an adverse impact on household income. employ- ment in canada exhibited a downward trend. due to the loss of household income the level of confidence fell drasti- cally. the data suggest that over 3 million jobs were lost and the average employee working hours were reduced per week. the unemployment rate during may 2020 was per- haps the worst. this has led to a severe economic crisis in households forcing canadians to change their spending pat- tern and behaviour. mained on necessities only. but slowly the reopening of the economy in the early stage will definitely give an idea or an insight into the performance of the economy in the future. how will it take the shape and ultimately impact on the consumers? the experts are of the firm opinion that once the economy is revived it will change the pattern of canadians. changes in demand & supply the covid-19 pandemic in canada in mid-march has brought changes in both supply and demand. if we talk about the supply side there were re- strictions on goods, people were stuck in homes. transportation services af- fected due to widespread cases. this the voice of canada general tendency ‘spend less save more’ the covid-19 has absolutely changed the spending pattern of canadians. the consumers are spending less, their hab- its and behaviour has also changed. even now people are buying in excess, necessities like food, cleaning products and personal care products. luxury buying is nowhere in the minds of the people for the time being. spending money on items like cars and clothing have come down. spending on enter- tainment and travel and other services are also not on their priority list. the major thrust is on items of daily use. canadians feel that ‘what is spent less’ during the crisis is directly proportion or equal to ‘what is saved.’ while analyzing the pattern and behav- iour of canadian households, it was seen that during the lockdown period or containment period the priority re- led to a change in the buying capacities of canadians. the demand side suf- fered due to economic lockdown as the household income and confidence both shown a continuous decline. this de- mand and supply affected lowered con- sumption during the containment peri- od. this changed the canadian spend- ing pattern. shifting trends in spending the containment period and prolonged ‘stay home’ dictum led to a consider- able fall in consumption. the loss of jobs and reduction of working hours per week the canadians had to pull the strings of pocket & the wallet and the spending done for household necessi- ties only. this changed spending habits significantly. it was observed that spending and consumption patterns during shutdown saw a boom in the de- mand for necessities. the households in canada stocked up food, personal care products and even alcohol and other hand hygiene products like sani- tizers and floor cleaning items. according to the canadian survey of consumer expectations (csce) over 50% of the respondents reported that their current spending was lower than before the outbreak struck. the initial plans for buying a car or house or even renovation of the house were kept on hold and the majority of people either delayed these projects or completely abandoned the purchase because of changed priorities. expenditure on housing market the pandemic impact has significantly affected the housing market. the mar- ket activity picked up before the pan- demic outbreak after slowing in 2018 in response to higher interest rates, macro-prudential stress-test measures designed to keep finan- cial vulnerabilities in check and regional changes to housing regula- tions. there was a sharp drop in buying houses because of the forces of demand & supply. so far as the supply was con- cerned, the buying & selling of houses became difficult because of social dis- tancing measures imposed by the gov- ernment of canada. so far as the de- mand was concerned with a decline in employment, loss of jobs resulted in less income and the canadians were unable to spend on houses. honestly, these factors led to the closure of the resale of housing markets. the sales of the housing market witnessed a down- ward trend throughout canada. these negative activities in the housing mar- ket were more prominent in the prov- inces of quebec, ontario and british columbia. the pattern indicated that due to containment measures the con- struction for new homes suffered se- verely. there was no construction ac- tivity in quebec. .... more on pg 8
8 the voice of canada tvc economy unprecedented adverse shock to the global economy h. c. gera special correspondent the voice of canada & the voice of chandigarh i take pleasure in introducing mr. h. c. gera, spe- cial correspondent, the voice of canada & the voice of chandigarh. he is associated with us since launching of the voice of chandigarh newspaper. he is equipped with unmatched communication skills both written and verbal. he has covered a wide range of subjects from poli- tics, arts & literature, judiciary, sports, tours & travels. h. c. gera is quite efficient in covering current issues of national & international impor- tance. as a matter of fact, many personalities wish to be with him in front of the camera for their interviews. his articles on the front page are very popular among our readers. he is quite apt with maintaining the objectivity of journalism. being who fellow he has a passion for reporting outbreaks of epidemic and pandemic of diseas- es including the latest one covid-19. he is known for impeccable ethics. he is a widely trav- elled person and has an exclusive knack for trav- el reporting. i have always found him a creative and tenacious reporter who writes what he sees with an open mind. i cannot stop my pen without sharing with our readers that he is a renowned poet and his work of poetry reflects insight into his literary perception and pursuit. “safety saves” foot operated handsfree sanitizer dispenser contact: maninder sethi, call: 416 666 7383 email: email@example.com web: www.bestmarkcorp.com the voice of canada whereas in the other provinces, only those projects continued which were underway and were near completion. while housing market resales and new res- idential construction activity almost came to a halt in some provinces during the con- tainment period, the recent data indicates a partial bounce back due to the easing of containment measures, improved confi- dence and lower mortgage rates. it was noticed that the ratio of sales to new listings in expensive areas in ontario and british columbia had registered low re- sponse and the prices of higher-end homes declined. it was also observed that the ratio of sales to new listings in newfoundland and labrador, british columbia and que- bec also declined considerably. the experts in real estate business in canada expect softer price growth in most markets in the coming months. partial bounceback and reopening of economy one can visualize that with some relaxation after the containment, the economy is slow- ly opening up. most likely in the coming months, employment may take a positive turn and spending may show an upward trend. the consumers’ confidence has start- ed rebuilding with the increased income in hand. this will help the canadians to com- plete the delayed projects. housing re-sales may pick up soon.
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10 the voice of canada tvc world can india expect peace when there is a complete disorder at the border? sanjay pahwa | editor in chief | tvc w hat is happening in the world? on one side the countries across the globe are fighting a battle to con- trol covid-19 and save hu- man lives and on the other side, the tension at the border in different regions and countries is creating hindrance in achieving the desired goal to combat the disease which has engulfed the entire world. it must be remembered that if there is any conflict at the border between the two countries, the sole aim could be the lasting peace on their terms. the use of military forces should be the last resort in any case. the ex- perts say that the issue regarding the line of actual control is tactical, whereas it should be more strategic, based on the amicable intent of nations. tension at the border between india & china the stand-off in ladakh appears to have been triggered by china moving in troops to obstruct road construction activity by india. last year, india completed the darbuk-shyok-daulet beg oldi (dbo) road which connects leh to the karakoram pass. india also maintains a key landing strip at dbo at 16,000 feet. china, while taking advantage of the situation, created infrastructure, and started carrying out activities suited to it. this has led to an uncalled dynamic along the lac. india upgraded the roads in its territory but china became adamant and blamed india by saying that india has no right to carry out construction activity. the action on china's is against the fundamental principle which un- derpins all previous agreements and is within the right to mutual and equal security of both sides. china has precipitated the situation along the lac in eastern ladakh by preemptively se- curing previously un-occupied patrolled, tacti- cal areas in the galwan river. sovereignty and territorial integrity of india recently there were hand-to-hand scuffles and violent clashes between indian & chinese per- sonnel at pangong tso lake in the eastern la- the voice of canada dakh region. the india- china border became the site of increasing military confrontation be- tween the two asian countries. china, without giving a thought about the future repercussion, forcibly secured about three km of india’s terri- tory along galwan river and the area between finger 5 and finger 8 along the north bank of pangong tso approximately an area of nine ki- lometres. china blamed india for having first crossed the line of actual control (lac). the intervening night of 15 and 16 june 2020 in galwan valley on the intervening night of 15 and 16 june 2020, there was a violent face-off between the indian and chinese military when 20 indian soldiers were killed. the causality on the chinese side has yet not been disclosed by chinese media. this was followed by several meetings for the disengagement of troops from both sides and pave way for the diplomatic negotiations and to settle the strategic issues. till this article is being written the diplomatic talks at different levels will continue until some political solution comes on the forefront. several political and defence experts have opined that implausibility of war does not imply for both the countries, will yield recourse to ‘fait acompli’ strategies to ease or cease to fortify and buttress military positions in the border area. until the border dispute is ripe for settlement, india and china must carefully navigate the treacherous terrain as per territorial agreement. both countries are already facing several chal- lenges at the domestic front and the corona pan- demic. the economic fallout by banning chi- nese apps and boycotting chinese products shall prove costly for china. once the economic and trade ties between the two nations are disrupted, particularly between india & china as is evi- dent, country like china will bear the brunt on the economic front. henceforth, border tensions at the regional level between india and china, the us and china, in- dia and nepal, india, and pakistan may trigger a situation that will be difficult to control. it is beyond imagination that if the tensions at the borders are not defused then none of the coun- tries will expect peace and india will not be an exception.
tvc covid-19 the voice of canada 11 covid-19 and changing perceptions shivani singh | dubai | uae t he coronavirus pandemic is t r a n s f o r m i n g life. it's present- ing us with a for- midable enemy that will not distinguish between reds and blues and might provide us with fusion-like energy and a singularity of purpose to help us reset and regroup. anyone expecting life to return to normal must acknowledge the reality of the covid-19 situa- tion and the research shows that there is no guar- antee that life will go back to the way it was be- fore, even after the pandemic has passed. just as the world changed forever after the last major re- cession, the economic fallout from this pandemic will dramatically alter consumer behaviours and expectations. a global virus that keeps us con- tained in our homes—is already reorienting our relationship to government, to the outside world, even to each other. the recovery will be difficult and extended, causing substantial damage to the social and political fabric in many regions. the question- what will life look like once the pandemic is over- no one has an answer but much deadlier amidst all the ruckus the important ques- tion lies- have you gained or lost trust in the govt or the media. tests, clinics, masks, and respira- tors are all tangible things that we can ob- serve and measure. but like the invisible coronavirus itself, perhaps the most im- portant determinant of the success of a country’s response is something that isn’t so easily seen: trust and it appears that pandemic seems to be eroding that faith even more. countries around the world are facing un- precedented challenges from covid-19, the pres- sure on the government is extreme, though they’re looking for ways to help and to apply the princi- ples of transparency, accountability and participa- tion to the covid-19 response. the fragility of public trust in mature, rich democratic nations is not specific to the current crisis but is part of a longer-term trend and will be a major factor in how global responses to the pandemic may play out. decades of policies that disadvantage the poor have eroded any chance of gaining that trust. pub- lic confidence in the integrity and expertise of key economic, social, and cultural institutions has fallen substantially, with distrust characterizing consumer attitudes to the media and business. faced with one of the biggest health and finan- cial crises in history, people are turning to their government’s for leadership and hope, and on that account united states of america is experiencing a deficit of trust as donald trump has failed to emerge on the world podium as the face of the the voice of canada largest democracy on two biggest challenges - handling of coronavirus situation where public expected an effective government-led response, regular communication, getting country back to normal and providing economic relief but instead a slapped lockdown without enough financial sup- port to public to sustain themselves and george floyd’s death where the issue of morality unhealed history of racism, protests and the incomprehen- sible response has come under severe criticism not only from the people of america but also from several other prominent leaders and poll survey indication that president trump might be slipping behind, ahead of the presidential elections later this year. high levels of trust seem to be a common feature of countries with the most effective coronavirus responses, measured by slow spread and low mortality- but it is not just the trust in government that’s an issue: it’s trust in each other - a broader sense of societal trust that oth- ers will act responsibly too, that they’ll self- isolate and look out for one another as much as they look out for themselves. no wonder the countries doing the best in terms of coronavirus mitigation are the ones that constantly rank highest in terms of political and social trust even well before the current crisis. social distancing measures could remain in place longer than anyone expects. we know now that touching things, being with other people and breathing the air in an enclosed space can be risky. how quickly that awareness recedes will be different for different peo- ple. l s e x e p m o r f s t e v h s a n n a y b o t o h p
12 the voice of canada tvc travel eiffel tower paris reopens after months of closure due to covid-19 pandemic the voice of canada news after more than three months of closure, the société d’exploitation de la tour eiffel (sete) announced the tower’s reopening. in parallel, strict measures have been enforced to protect the health of all the monument’s visitors and workers. patrick branco ruivo, general manager of the société d’exploitation de la tour eiffel (sete), expressed everyone’s excitement: “the teams who work at the eiffel tower have been waiting for this moment for a long time! we’re excited to see the tower welcome visitors again, of course, with appropriate respect for social distancing and the sanitary norms in effect. as life begins to unfold again, we’re happy that our reopening is both a part of this momentum and an additional symbol of its progression.” a set of measures have been put in place to guarantee a safe visit to the tower, including: recommended online ticket purchase, obligatory face masks, a vast and specific system of signposting, a limited number of visitors on each floor and on the esplanade, as well as daily cleaning and disinfecting of the public spaces, etc. the voice of canada air canada partners with cleveland clinic canada air canada announced that cleveland clinic, a global healthcare leader, will provide medical advisory services as the airline further develops biosafety measures across its operations. air canada will have access to the local expertise of cleveland clinic canada as well as clinical expertise from cleveland clinic's worldwide enter- prise system. "as airline travel adapts to a new normal, we are taking another leadership role via our partnership with renowned cleveland clinic which en- ables air canada to leverage the strategic insight, advice, re- sources and recommendations of the world's leading medical community to further develop protocols, guidelines and stan- dards validated with science-based evidence in our ongoing co- vid-19 response. we are committed to our ongoing strategy of continually developing multiple layers of measures for our cus- tomers and employees alike," said samuel elfassy, vice presi- dent, safety at air canada. air canada's partnership with cleve- land clinic canada is the latest of several medical collaborations it has undertaken in advancing biosafety across its business. oci card re-issuance date extended to 31 december 2020 the voice of chandigarh news as per existing instruc- tions, the over- seas citizen of india cardholder regis- tration is required to be got re-issued each time a new passport is issued up to the age of 20 years and once after complet- ing 50 years of age in view of biological changes in the face of the oci cardholder. with a view to avoid inconvenience to such oci cardholders, it has been de- cided to grant an extension of time till 31" december 2020 to get their oci cards re-issued. as and when the prohibition on international air travel is lifted by the government of india and the status of oci on card as a lifelong visa for trav- el to/from india is restored, such ocl cardholders may be allowed to trav- el the strength of their existing ocl cards bearing old passport. however, this will be subject to the condition that the oci cardholder will have to travel along with old and new passports and the oci card having the old pass- port number.
tvc tourism the voice of canada 13 undiscovered canada the voice of canada 1) southampton beach summertime is incomplete without a trip to a sandy beach, and southampton beach is the perfect getaway for a perfect weekend. this quiet sandy beach stretch- ing for approximately 4kilometers long is located in southampton, ontario, and is between 138-222 kilometers away from toronto, on- tario. it lies on the unspoiled shores of lake huron and is a popu- lar spot amongst the locals, always busy with events, activities, incredible northern lights opportunities, and the beautiful southampton sunset. the southampton waterfront is home to a historic board- walk and pioneer park and is also an amazing migration route for songbirds and appellation birds. moreover, the gorgeous concrete boardwalk located right next to the beach is perfect for those long walks with your dog while watching the sunset. it is surrounded by a good number of cafes and restaurants and is ideal for picnics with family and friends. 2) cheltenham badlands the cheltenham badlands are located in the credit valley conservation area and consist of an area of soft rock devoid of vegetation and soil cover which has been molded into a rolling land- scape of rounded hills. their reddish hue makes them one of the most unique places to exist in ontar- io. just a few kilometers into caledon, this sight is a must-visit for photography and adventure lovers. not only that, it also provides access to some amazing trails and facilities within island lake, upper credit, terra cotta, etc. it is a small site and can be a perfect stopover for those long road drips. moreover, it is the best place for hiking, picnics, bird watching, photography, or just a lazy fun day. 3) chester hill lookout this spot is toronto’s little secret obser- vation deck which gives small-town car park vibes and all the views of the city’s landscape and skyline. it is a small semi- circular concrete observation desk, to- wards the end of a cul de sac, called the chester hill road, which is located near the end of broadway avenue and north of danforth. this charm- ing spot is known for its s t u n n i n g views, espe- cially during sunset and n i g h t t i m e . this spot is quintessential for photographers who love capturing the city’s skyline. along with that, it also gives a broad view of the skyscrapers as well as the infamous pur- ple-lit luminous veil of the prince ed- wards viaduct: the historical truss bridge connecting danforth to the downtown core. overall, this accessible spot is per- fect for people who need a break from the city (without actually leaving the city). 4) coastal trail- lake superior lake superior’s coastal trail offers a spectacular route for people who love rugged hikes, dark night skies, camping, and basically everything that involves being around nature. this trail follows the edge of one of the world’s largest photo source: www.ontariotravel.net freshwater lakes and is located in north- ern ontario’s lake superior provincial park. camping here is an experience of its own. this location showcases the most expansive star show imaginable, making camp nights even more interest- ing. along with that, it also has a wide variety sandy of beaches at warp bay, gargantua harbour, barrett river, and beatty cove. from massive boulders, scramble, up and down rocks, to beauti- ful small beaches with flat rocks, this place keeps you on your toes (literally). 5) oxford county cheese trail if you love cheese, you would love ev- erything about this trail and more. lo- cated in london, ontario, this trail is home to cheesemakers, restaurants, mu- seums and local food producers. being a 90-minute drive from toronto, this is a perfect route for cheese lovers who are curious to learn more. this family- friendly route offers a bunch of activities to keep every- body occu- pied, ranging from meeting farm animals, munching on d e l i c i o u s grilled cheese sandwiches to churning their own butter. to top it off, it is also surrounded by some amazing local museums, art galler- ies, and overall the best country vibes. for those keen on travelling and discov- ering the undiscovered, i will be covering more undiscovered places in canada for a different province in the next issue of tvc. ivana pahwa travel writer the voice of canada live w e in ontario but whenever it comes to “vacation” or travelling in gener- al, we usually think of the islands or maybe even europe. that re- sults in missing out a chunk of undiscov- ered places in our own province of ontario. ontario is full of so many beautiful lakes, hiking spots, and much more, that too all in our driving range. all we need to do is to press the ac- celerator, and we are ready for one of the best road trips of our lives. all it takes is one step, and i’m here to guide you through it.
14 the voice of canada tvc canada alberta: 20 million free masks available provincewide the voice of canada news albertans have another chance to pick up free non-medi- cal face masks at the counter or drive-thru of their local a&w, mc- donald’s canada or tim hortons restau- rant. masks are now available at more than 700 partner restaurant locations, including those without drive- thru service, adding more than 100 new locations and expanding the availability of masks to albertans. no purchase is necessary to pick up masks in restaurants, either at the counter or through drive-thrus. “albertans don’t shy away the voice of canada prime minister justin trudeau speaks with the president of the united states of america, donald trump the voice of canada news prime minister justin trudeau spoke with the president of the united states of america, donald trump. he expressed regret for being unable to attend the cele- bration of the new nafta in washington, d.c. with presi- dent trump and the president of mexico, andrés manuel lópez obrador. pm trudeau thanked presi- dent trump for the united states’ ongo- ing support to free canadi- ans michael kovrig and michael spavor, who have been arbitrarily de- tained in china. the two leaders also discussed concerns with the ongoing situation in hong kong and china’s imposition of new national security law. trudeau and trump also discussed the canada-u.s. border, where non- essential travel has been curtailed since march in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. from hard work when there is a job to do. right now, it’s our job to con- tinue to do the work need- ed to prevent the spread of covid-19 as our province relaunches. washing your hands reg- ularly, practising physi- cal distancing, and wear- ing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible will help keep us all safe.” jason kenney, premier trudeau noted signs of eco- nomic recovery from the slow- down caused by covid-19, including in the north american aluminum industry. he stated that tariffs on aluminum would hurt both countries. pm raised the black lives matter movement, and the need to combat systemic racism. trudeau and trump also dis- cussed the canada-u.s. border, where non-essential travel has been curtailed since march in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. the president and prime minister agreed to stay in close contact over the coming weeks and months. ontario continues its path to economic recovery the voice of canada news as ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the chief medical officer of health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators. details on reopening framework were provided by premier doug ford, christine elliott, deputy pre- mier and minister of health, rod phillips, minister of finance, and stephen lecce, minister of educa- tion. "our success in reducing the spread of covid-19 and getting ontario to a place where we are ready to reopen most of the province is a testament to the hard work of government of newfoundland and labrador announces $20 million for technology to support digital learning the voice of canada news the provincial government announced it is investing $20 million for the purchase of lap- tops for all teachers, and chromebooks for all junior high and high school stu- dents across the k-12 edu- cation system. the devices will be distributed as they become available through a public procurement process which is underway. covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how technology is central to education. the in- vestment will ensure equal ac- cess to education so that every student, regardless of their ability, location or socioeco- nomic status, can continue their learning outside of the classroom, while providing teachers with the tools they need to effectively deliver re- mote instruction. it will also move the k-12 system toward a true digital learning environment, a cor- nerstone of both the way forward and the education action plan, which includes the expansion of supportive technology across all nine focus areas of the action plan, such as inclusion, stu- dent mental health and well- ness, mathematics and read- ing. business owners, individuals and families right across the province," said premier ford. "so many have stepped up and played by the rules, demonstrating that we can restart our economy safely and responsibly. small actions can make a big differ- ence. now more than ever, we must continue to follow the public health advice to preserve the progress we have made together." for more information visit on- tario.ca/reopen. bc province: delivery of packaged liquor from restaurants, pubs extended the voice of canada news the government is extending the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and de- liver sealed, pack- aged liquor prod- ucts alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site con- sumption during the covid-19 pandemic. the authorization, originally set to expire july 15, 2020, will remain in place until oct. 31, 2020. extending the temporary authorization will provide businesses with continued relief from the financial hardship of the pandemic and help make it easier for vulnerable british columbians to continue observing physi- cal distancing guidelines. existing safeguards for safe consump- tion, such as identity verification, continue to be in place.
tvc canada the voice of canada 15 masks and face coverings mandatory protecting yourself and others photo by cottonbro from pexels the voice of canada “wearing a mask when in a public space has been proven to be effective in stop- ping the spread of covid 19. as a region, we are coming together to protect the health of our resi- dents and commu- “we maybe done with the pandemic, but it is not done with us. we need to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures to reduce the severity of a sec- ond wave in the fall. mandatory masks in indoor settings are something our residents have been asking for; together with the oth- er core four behaviours, this will allow for a wider reopening of businesses.” bonnie crombie, mayor, city of mississauga the voice of chandigarh news p eel’s medical officer of health and mayors of brampton, mississauga and the town of caledon announced plans to explore measures, such as a temporary by-law, that would require residents to wear a non-medical mask inside public spac- es to help prevent the spread of covid-19. “peel public health al- ready strongly supports the use of non-medical masks where distancing is not pos- sible and on transit. a time- limited, broader bylaw mandating when and where non-medical masks must be used further strengthens these recommendations and protects peel residents,” said dr. lawrence loh, medical officer of health, region of peel. “together with the other core four behaviours of physical distancing, handwashing, getting tested and staying home if sick, more consistent use of non-medical masks by all residents in public spaces will help drive down cases and bring this first wave to a close in our community.” for the most up-to-date information on covid-19, check peelregion.ca/coronavirus quotes from the mayors “we need to work together to stop the spread of covid-19 in our commu- nity. wearing a non-medical mask in public spaces will do just that by keep- ing others safe. follow peel public health and the government of ontario’s guidelines on how to properly wear, fit, remove, and clean your non-medical mask to promote health and safety for all.” patrick brown, mayor, city of brampton nities.” allan thompson, mayor, town of caledon brampton light rapid transit (lrt) extension citizenship change benefits couples with fertilit y issues and same-sex couples with a population of 593,638 in 2016, bramp- ton is the ninth-largest city in canada and the third-largest in the greater toronto and hamilton area. as brampton continues to grow, so does its transportation needs. extending the planned hurontario lrt from the brampton gateway termi- nal at steeles avenue to the brampton go station is a key transit priority and city-building project for the city of brampton. much more than a way to get from a to b, this lrt project will play an important role in the long-term rapid transit network in brampton and is essential for supporting the sustainable growth and evolution of the downtown core and central area. vision and goals the lrt extension will contribute to a safer and more integrated transportation system to serve the city of brampton, encouraging civic sustainability, empha- sizing transit use and other modes of transportation over traditional automobiles, and supporting the revi- talization of downtown brampton into an aestheti- cally beautiful, place-making destination. the vision for the lrt extension reflects the transportation vi- sion and actions set out in the brampton 2040 vision (2018). increasing opportunities to travel by rapid transit within the city and surrounding communities is essential for supporting the evolution of brampton to a sustainable “future-ready” city that embraces a high quality of life for all citizens. have your say the study will take some time including the com- pletion of technical studies and public consultation, and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2021: extensive consultation will be conducted throughout the study, giving the community opportunities to re- view alternative routes, concepts, and designs, and to provide feedback. preliminary timelines for public information centres and other consultations get involved: your first-hand local knowledge of the study area is valuable to the project team. you will be able to participate in person at future public infor- mation centres, workshops, or through online engage- ment in the comfort of your own home. you can contact any time with your feedback, ideas, and questions firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com source:bramton.ca the voice of canada news canadian families are as diverse as canadians themselves, and everyone deserves the same rights and op- portunities, no matter who they love or how they identify. in rec- ognition of the diversity of canadian families, the hon- ourable marco e. l. mendi- cino, minister of immigra- tion, refugees and citizen- ship, announced a change in the interpretation of “parent” under the citizenship act. the change allows non-bio- logical canadian parents who are their child’s legal parents at birth to pass down ca- nadian citizenship to their children born abroad in the first generation. this new interpretation helps canadian parents who have relied on assisted human reproduc- tion to start a family, including members of the lg- btq2+ community and couples with fertility issues. until now, a child born abroad was automatically rec- ognized as a citizen at birth only if the child shared a genetic link to the canadian parent or if the child was born to a canadian parent in the first generation. the superior court of québec affirmed that immigra- tion, refugees and citizenship canada’s (ircc) new in- terpretation of “parent” recognizes equally biological par- ents and legal parents at birth, and the charter of rights and freedoms protects this interpretation under the law.
16 the voice of canada tvc opinion yuvraj pahwa student jean augustine is it ok to go back to normal schooling? photo courtesy: pexels.com a t first sight, we thought it was harmless, but in the span of weeks, it turned into a deadly virus. till now there have been more than 12 million confirmed cases and over 500,000 deaths. even though covid-19 has not been cured, the number of new cases has reduced in the past one month. the ontario government has reopened a lot of public places keeping the safety precautions in mind, making masks mandatory everywhere. with the reduction in the amount of covid-19 cases, the ontario government has issued a plan to safely reopen schools. the government has asked boards and schools to introduce a set of rules and regulations that would be implement- ed if schools are to reopen in september. with no idea, which direction the covid-19 situa- tion is heading into, the reopening of schools is completely dependent on the progress of medi- cal researchers. according to the premier, "this plan takes the best medical advice available the voice of canada let us know about your opinion on this topic by sharing your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org from our public health experts to ensure every school board and every school is ready to en- sure students continue learning in the safest way possible.” this plan will give all parents an option between sending their children to school or to enter online learning. if the schools were to open, the government has to take certain steps that would help the children to learn in the safest way possible. they plan on doing stuff like changing the class sizes (seating a limited amount of students per class). an adapted de- livery model has been formed asking school boards to allow up to 15 students per class. with this model, students will be only in con- tact with their classmates and one teacher. the government has also stated that the model will require alternate day or alternate week delivery to a segment of the class at one time. despite all these safety measures, we do need to keep in mind that covid-19 is air- borne. no matter what safety measures the gov- ernment takes, restarting schools is not the best idea, keeping in mind that the children will be going to school, their parents will be at their jobs resulting in everyone being in contact with outsiders. even if a family member contracts the virus, the whole school could be in danger. what do you think about this system? do you think that this is a step in the right direc- tion? would you send your children to school if it were to open in september?
tvc health the voice of canada 17 jerks: that family suffers dr. ravi kant homoeopath chandigarh india email your queries: email@example.com e pilepsy is such a disease which not only spoils the patient, but also the entire fabric of the family. it spares none, whether it's any age, sex, caste or creed. age-specific con- vulsions are also there, with numerous under- lying causes. suppression of disease alters the mind pattern, the thinking capabilities, learn- ing abilities, the skills and sleeping patterns of the patient. not only the sufferer undergoes the pain and suffering, but the family also faces the stig- ma attached to this in society, as the general public doesn't understand that it is nothing else, but another disease form. there is no, i must repeat, there is nothing supernatural in this but a mere disease, which if treated properly, can be eradicated for life, free from drugs and any malpractices. homeopathy has an answer to this malady and can effec- tively not only treat but eradicate the root cause of it, with proper selection of medi- cine. it has nothing to do with occult art forms to cure it, as it has its symptoms, causes and medical science behind it, to prove it as a disease. signs and symptoms: this is a disorder in which nerve cell activ- ity is disturbed causing recurrent seizures with the abnormal motor, sensory and mental the voice of canada functions. it affects the electrical system of the brain causing tonic and colonic convul- sions of different intensity and duration. there are short spells of confusion, memory and sensory loss, at times loss of control over bladder and bowel movements, fol- lowed by spells of exhaustion, tiredness and at times stupor. there are episodes of tempo- rary stiffness of parts or the whole body with drooling, frothing, lock-jaw and jerking of limbs with characteristic fall and stiffness of hands or body in different positions, peculiar to each individual separately. the patient be- comes unresponsive to instructions and questions. the sudden stiffness, fall, invol- untary movements, jerks, twitching come without any cause or stimulus. patient may become fearful, angry, suffer panic attacks or blackouts. causes: it could be febrile convulsions or episodes at the start of adolescence or menarche. injury to the brain or granuloma or cysticercosis could be another reason for it. tumours, aids, en- cephalitis, autism could be other causes of this disease. prenatal injuries and brain strokes could be another cause of epilepsy. as per ho- moeopathy, the prenatal mental condition of the mother is of utmost importance and it can lead to remedy selection. sleep deprivation grief fright and menstrual disorders could be other major causes of epileptic convulsions. diagnosis : this disease is self-explanatory and needs no reference, but for confirmation and differential diagnosis, one needs to get eeg-electro-en- cephalogram done; sometimes even sleep-de- prived eeg is also done to confirm it. ct scan and mri scanning can also help in detecting focal lesions, tumours or granulomas in the brain. homoeopathy cures: this pathy has a vast experience in not only controlling but also in curing this medical anomaly, thus bringing permanent annihilation of the disease. we take into consideration the personality of the patient, causative factors, peculiar symptoms of the disease, age, state of mind of the patient and of the mother of the child, family history as major factors in the se- lection of remedy for the patient, on the basis of individualization. it's not easy, but intense case taking with experience, expertise and diligence can bring path-breaking success and normalization in the life-cycle of the patient. adolescence and menarche, in patients, bring a twist to the case in selecting particular rem- edies with prejudice. the last piece of advice is, to take medicine only under expert qualified doctor's supervision only.
18 the voice of canada tvc health gayatri pathak the yoga and reiki studio benefits of yoga during covid-19 s l e x e p m o r f a t e z e p s a c u l y b o t o h p evidence shows that yoga supports stress management, mental health, mindfulness, healthy eating, weight loss and quality sleep. yoga helps in boosting the immune system, and aids to fight against any virus. a person with strong immunity has greater success in fighting the covid-19 virus. practicing yoga is the best routine during the pandemic because it brings balance physically and mentally. yoga postures, called aasa- nas, generate internal awareness and mental stability. in yoga, a deeper awareness is cultivated, bringing balance and align- ment of the body and mind, considering that the principles of yoga are the culture of the body, mind and soul. yoga is acces- sible to everyone and for everybody. yoga also encompasses pranayama, a breathing exercise that improves the functioning of the lungs and encourages blood flow throughout the body. covid-19 unfortunately, at- tacks a person’s respiratory system and can cause long-term damages due to the way the virus attacks the system. practic- ing pranayama will aid in fighting off these symptoms, as it helps clear your respiratory system. pranayama is the practice of breath regulation and control. not only does pranayama benefit your breathing, but also reduces anxiety and increases focus. the voice of canada t he coronavirus disease (covid-19) pandemic is shocking and unprecedented in several aspects. it has truly challenged global health care systems. the detrimental effects and rising numbers of covid-19 cases raise stress and anxiety, while loneliness and depressive feelings are likely due to mandatory social distancing measures. if this is our new normal, then it requires new habits and routines about psychological and physical well-being. many of us, are either forced to stay home due to lay-offs and industries being forced to close, or work from home during this pandemic—reducing options for regular physical exercise and social activities. we must think about different ways to keep ourselves healthy both physically and mentally. yoga can offer numerous benefits dur- ing this difficult time. meditation and mindfulness is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. according to the national institutes of health, scientific one of the greatest reasons for practicing yoga is that it connects us with our mind, body and soul. as a yoga instructor myself, i see many students coming to my classes carrying tightness in the hip region, or tightness in another region of their body. however, the real problem is not physical tightness, but the men- tal. as humans, we have a tendency to hold everything in. such tightness will begin to reflect on our bodies. tight hips are usually a sign that one is holding their emotions in. during this quarantine period, due to stress and being home, a lot of mental and emotional problems occur. it is new for everybody, but due to lack of social activity, many are holding it in. our body is our temple, it is our responsibility to refresh ourselves and clear our mind. so, how does yoga benefit in releasing these emotions? yoga is not only a phys- ical activity but mental and emotional too. you become one with your body and feel every emotion, tightness, aggravation, and motivation. yoga is an essential practice, that can change your entire perspective during these dif- ficult times. you will gain positivity, clarity, and mental, emotional, and physical stability. buy sell lease sold broker realty services inc., brokerage i n d e p e n d e n t l y o w n e d a n d o p e r a t e d p h : 9 0 5 - 4 5 6 - 1 0 0 0 f a x : 9 0 5 - 4 5 6 - 1 9 2 4 dir: 416-723-9900 dir: 416-723-9900 www.nikmengi.com
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20 the voice of canada tvc food superfoods for super us! suyasha gupta lecturer, aihm chandigarh, india t his covid- 19 times has made all of us do binge-watching and value the impor- tance of being at home, being with fam- ily and above all being healthy. we all have heard about superheroes like the hulk, iron- man, daredevil, the mighty thor, the aveng- ers, etc. and have always considered food as a basic necessity for the corporeal survival. however, that ‘super’ factor is now in food too, and all the credit is given for the outstanding nutritional benefits they provide in our body. these food items are usually plant-based and have a very high nutritional density. they ren- der a high value of minerals, vitamins and an- tioxidants and very few calories. owing to these special features, they help us create the overall well-being of a person but are not a cure to any chronic disorder. they have to be supplemented with a good lifestyle and high mental vibrations! some of the common super- foods available in our kitchens are garlic, tur- meric, berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark leafy vegetables, pomegranate, al- monds, etc. indian kitchens use an abundance of ingredients like basil, ginger, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, cloves and so on because they act as resistance-builders and these testing times have led to an even increased usage of these tiny treasures. the list of such foods can easily be accessed over the internet; however, here are some tips to help you have more su- perfoods in your diet: 1. look at the colours on your plate. is all the food on your plate brown or beige? if yes, then it is likely that antioxidant levels are low. add in foods with rich colours like kale, beets, and berries. 2. add more of shredded greens to soups and go for more stir-fried vegetables. the voice of canada beef or poultry. 4. increase berries to morning oats, cere- als, salads or baked products. 5. make sure you have a fruit or a vege- table every time you eat including snacks. include a daily green tea routine. 6. 7. add the indian turmeric, cumin, gin- ger, clove, and cinnamon to spice up your food and increase the antioxidant content of your meals. idea is to increase the antioxidants in the diet so that the effect of free radicals in our bodies is reduced. these free radicals are natural by- products of the food we eat and they can create havoc on the body. the superfoods help in neu- tralizing such effects thereby making one more healthy and free to live! in the end, all that mat- ters is how we handle ourselves and make most of our lives. after all, we are our own superhe- roes (pun intended)! 3. use more of salmon or tofu instead of all in all, focus on a super plate. well, the stay safe and happy eating!!
tvc help the voice of canada 21 khalsa aid international volunteers providing essentials to the vulnerable members of societ y kuwarjeet singh student of journalism ryerson university pic courtesy: https://www.khalsaaid.org/ w orldwide khalsa aid volunteers are providing local hospital staff with warm food and medical personal protection equipment. khalsa aid international in april 1999, ravi (ravinder) singh established khalsa aid as an international humanitarian orga- nization that is based on sikh principles of selfless service (seva) and universal love. the organization believes in the message, "recognize the whole hu- man race as one." - guru gobind singh ji, the 10th guru of the sikhs. singh, the leader of the organization is there to help with any relief assistance to victims of natural di- sasters, wars, and other tragic events in the world. while celebrating 21 years of khalsa aid, the or- ganization is helping out the vulnerable members of society, worldwide volunteers are providing nec- essary aid to everyone in need because of the co- vid-19 pandemic. mandeep kaur an integral part of the ontario khal- sa aid team, worked on numerous local projects as well as on an international mission. "the work we do together teaches me humility and is a constant reminder of my privileged life that i otherwise take for granted. we are reaching souls across the globe who otherwise would have been neglected and i think that’s powerful," said kaur. khalsa aid canada in canada, the team is providing groceries and warm food to the vulnerable members of society the voice of canada that include frontline workers, international stu- dents, and any other members of canadian society that need help in this state of a global pandemic. taranpreet singh, a student volunteer at khalsa aid canada. providing aid in the kitchener, waterloo, and cambridge area said, "it has always been my dream to do something for the society and luckily i got a great opportunity to serve humanity with the help of khalsa aid." in regards to quarantine situ- ation, he said, "it’s always a proud feeling while volunteering with khalsa aid, during this pandem- ic, where people are afraid to step out of their place, on the other hand, khalsa aid volunteers are work- ing on the frontline to support vulnerable members of the society. in a nutshell, volunteering with khalsa aid gave me a great feeling of serving hu- manity selflessly without any discrimination and expectation." volunteers experiences khalsa aid canada's instagram posts stories for national volunteers week. here is a story of a vol- unteer tamanna chalal who has been delivering groceries across montreal and also helping with the preparation of food packages. "i feel like during the pandemic everyone feels helpless and i have a feeling that i am not doing enough, seeing the doctors and frontline workers helping others. the pandemic made me realize how some things are unimportant and other things are so important. we were taking things for granted and now we should appreciate each other more," said chalal. harmanjot singh dulku, a volunteer at khalsa aid canada said, "going to montreal, quebec for flood relief was a humbling experience for me person- ally, seeing people struggle to save their homes, businesses, and helping them every way possible. i can still recall the lady asked me a question “did you guys came all the way from toronto to help us?", my answer was yes. i have no words to de- scribe the shine in her eyes and she said, “god bless you," and hugged me. it was a push for me as well to do more. "at the end of the day, it’s not all exactly a selfless service. i have gained so much personally, learned kindness, gratitude, patience, humility, and have made friends that are family now for that i’ll be forever grateful," said dulku. local grocery pick-up locally, khalsa aid canada has opened its doors for the community and anyone in need can come to the pick-up location for a free grocery pickup. in brampton, it's the speranza hall at 510 deerhurst dr, brampton ont. l6t 5h9. harkirat singh, city councillor for ward 9 & 10, and prabhmeet singh sarkaria, mpp of brampton south, both volunteered to help-out khalsa aid canada in these hard times. recently, the canada border services agency helped out with packing many of the food packages that will be distributed across ontario.
22 the voice of canada tvc canada canada's passport ranked 9th best in the world the voice of canada news premium passports lose their shine in a post-pandemic world as parts of the globe cautiously czech republic (184) begin to open up, the focus is on what travel freedom and global mobility will look like in a post–cov- id-19 world. eu released a list of coun- tries whose residents would be allowed entry into the bloc based on corona virus-related health and safety criteria. includ- ed on the welcome list are countries such as australia, canada, japan, and south korea that traditionally scores highly on the henley passport index — the original ranking of the entire world's passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. however, in a move perceived as a stinging rebuke for its poor handling of the pandemic, the us was notably excluded from the list, as the voice of canada were brazil and russia. according to the henley passport index, canada's passport has once again been ranked among the best to have in the world with a score of 183. japan continues to hold the number one position with a score of 191, singapore takes 2nd place with 190, while germany and south ko- rea are in joint-3rd place, each with a score of 189. been included in the eu's list of 'safe' countries, while sin- gapore has been ex- cluded, which means singaporean passport holders currently have far less travel freedom than their closest competitors on the index, which is based on exclusive data from the international air transport association (iata). the best passports to hold in 2020 are: 1. japan (191) 2. singapore (190) 3. south korea, germany (189) 4. italy, finland, spain, luxembourg (188) 5. denmark, austria (187) 6. sweden, france, portugal, nether- lands, ireland (186) 7. switzerland, united states, united 8. greece, new zealand, malta, 9. canada, australia (183) 10. hungary (181) dr. christian h. kaelin, chairman of investment migration firm henley & partners and the inventor of the passport index concept, says the eu's recent deci- sion will have far-reaching effects. "as we have already seen, the pandemic's impact on travel freedom has been more drastic and long-lasting than initially an- ticipated. this latest decision by the eu indicates that there is more upheaval to come. look at the us passport, for ex- ample — in 2014, it held the number one spot in the world on our index, but us nationals currently have far less travel freedom than most citizens of other wealthy, industrialized nations and even of some less-developed nations, being ef- fectively locked out of europe. both japan and south korea have kingdom, norway, belgium (185) come to your dream nation through blue ocean immigration inc. move your feet one step further to achieve your dream to study or work in canada. if you can dream it, you can do it. let's talk about our future. our services express entry programs federal skilled worker federal skilled trade program canadian experience class permanent residence visas pnp including manitoba, pei, saskatchewan and other provinces family class including spouse and family religious class owner operator (lmia) humanitarian and compassionate investors and business entrepreneurs temporary resident visas - study, super and visitor visas - quebec immigration - work permits (lmia approval) - temporary foreign workers - live-in caregiver/nanny other services - appealed and refused cases - pr card applications - candian citizenship
tvc pandemic the voice of canada 23 are you emotionally ready to bounce back post lockdown? dr. raman deep kaur ph.d. (metaphysics) reiki master and access consciousness facilitator holistic transformation coach | master spirit life coach email your queries: firstname.lastname@example.org photo by andrea piacquadio from pexels this pandemic resurfaced a lot of underlying and unresolved issues. we were made aware of our weak economies, shaky foundations, scattered thoughts, fragile egos and the importance of maintaining a balance, be okay with exploring the territory of the unknown, respecting nature and so much more…. the voice of canada stop you from being that or having that is you your- self. do whatever you can and then do more. just don’t give up. be okay with facing challenges, with being judged, ridiculed or mocked. when you suc- ceed, all this will not matter. invest in yourself: you are only as successful as you think you deserve. when we learn more, we raise our self-esteem by knowing more. when we invest in bettering ourselves, we gain self-confi- dence to look at problems straight in the eye as we upgrade ourselves and expand our wisdom which further equips us with problem-solving as well as innovating. let go of toxic relationships: relationships are good, those provide us with the company, support, love, care. yet toxic relationships deplete us of the very same things a relationship provides for. toxic relationships can be personal or professional, the key to peace of mind is to identify which one is toxic and gathering up the courage to walk out of it. follow a faith: when we believe, we are halfway through. believing in the profoundness of faith; whether it’s a religion, a philosophy or an ideology, we create an invisible support system for ourselves. the pandemic has gotten us to the awareness of a higher power that is way mightier of the human existence. believe in the supreme. create a sturdy fallback: the new normal calls for friends, family and company who provide a piece of sane and unadulterated advice, a listening ear and genuine interest in your wellbeing. begin to identify who are the people who really are ca- pable to be deserving of accessing your space as well as your secrets. who are the one’s who will be your skeleton in challenging times? is anyone else worthy of your time? once you apply the tools suggested, you will victoriously overcome fear to a great extent and a lot of sub-emotions will auto- matically be taken care of. t he lockdown brought itself with a forced pause that we had to take, mak- ing us shift from an autopilot mode to a conscious mode. we were given a lot of time to work on ourselves, deal with issues we have been running away from, give at- tention to ourselves, loved ones and the things that in normal circumstances we would not pay heed to. this pandemic resurfaced a lot of underlying and unresolved issues. we were made aware of our weak economies, shaky foundations, scattered thoughts, fragile egos and the importance of main- taining a balance, be okay with exploring the terri- tory of the unknown, respecting nature and so much more…. all these factors when added with the changing environment in terms of being stuck at home all the time, with the people we only meet after retiring for the day, working from home and anticipation of poverty, lack or no income for the forthcoming months, unprecedented times and un- predictability led to a massive emotional turmoil. thankfully now that we are being relieved of lockdown in the zone of this new normal, things are not going to be the same as they were in the past. business models have to be changed, econo- mies have to be given a boost, basically, life has to be resurrected. with all this happening, planning, visualizing and executing become secondary if we are not ready emotionally to face the territory of the unknown. for now, it’s all about taking that leap of faith and in some aspects, beginning from scratch. now the question is how to be emotionally equipped for this new normal? first of all, we must learn to let go of fear. fear is the root emotion that sprouts a lot of other surface emotions like anxiety, anger, procrastina- tion, rejection, lethargy, poverty mentality, etc. to let go of fear, remind yourself of the onset of this pandemic or any other major painful episode of your life. it just happened and you just flowed with the flow. there was no anticipation or expectation of the pandemic, hence we were not prepared for it. we just did not know about it. everything hap- pened suddenly and we all kept following what- ever was told to us, the basic need was to keep afloat, just survive. the lockdown period passed, we sailed through, some people sailed peacefully, some in great pain, yet we all dealt with it and the beauty of life was revealed onto us that life goes on, time is constantly ticking and the sun rises, the moon changes phases, the water creates ripples and the air exuded itself… let that seep in. to crystallize the reality between danger and per- ception, we need to remain calm and rationally think about the threat that the situation actually throws at us. on this note, i invite you to rethink, is it that bad? is change really painful or is breaking our comfort zone and exploring unknown waters gives us an illusion of perceived danger? it’s high time that we begin to listen to our intuition, follow our gut and start making conscious choices before jumping to conclusions that are not real and serve as the basis of fear. i’m empowering you with some great tools that, when applied, will equip you to deal with the emotional turmoil that our brains might perceive as the danger that actually is simply some totally new reality that we need to anchor and get used to: train yourself to the 3 c’s of success 1. clarity 2. consistency 3. commitment be clear with your goals, vision and purpose. be consistent in what you are doing. make a decision and then abide by it. stay committed to your goals, dreams and desire. be a whatever it takes person: never be afraid of taking risks, doing the work, seeking help and asking for it. when you are clear about what you truly desire in life, the only person who can
24 the voice of canada tvc world black lives matter: a fight for change prarthana pathak queens university english language and literature & psychology w hat is happening? why is this impor- tant? what can we do to further edu- cate ourselves and show support? on monday, may 25th, 2020, the late george floyd aged 46 years old was brutally and unjustly murdered by three police officers in minneapolis. he was arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill, and police officers pinned him to the ground claiming he resisted arrest. there are mul- tiple videos circulating that prove he was not in fact resisting arrest. one officer, derek chauvin, used his knee to pin his neck, and the other two police officers assisted in keeping him pressed down. derek chauvin pressed against his neck for 8 min- utes while george floyd begged them to stop, his last words being “i can’t breathe”.a this is not how you treat a human being. this was not professional. this is not why we have law enforcement. this was not an accident. this was murder. the reality is, those officers would not have done that had he not been a black man. this type of racial profiling is an infuriatingly com- mon example of the numerous aggressions that black people endure every single day within our society. protestors have been out every day since, fighting for justice to be served for the late george floyd— a loving, caring, and gentle person whose life was taken due to racism. the ‘black lives matter’ movement erupted like never before, with hun- dreds of thousands protesting against police brutal- ity; fighting for justice that has not been met for centuries. during the beginning of the peaceful protests, pro- testors were met with tear gas – a chemical weapon that can cause severe eye and respiratory pain in- cluding skin irritation, bleeding, and long-term damage. why is it that when predominately white citizens were protesting to re-open bars and salons amid the covid-19 lockdown crisis, and scream- ing in the face of law enforcement—some of which were armed with weapons— did not cause the law enforcement to flinch. yet, when people peacefully protested with signs and chanted “i can’t breathe”, demanding justice for the murder of a black man, they were tear-gassed and shot with rubber bullets? police brutality has been an ongoing and persistent issue that has caused the loss of countless black lives. enough is enough. it’s important to note—police brutality and rac- ism are not just an american issue on wednesday, may 27th, 2020, just two days after the murder of george floyd, regis korchinski- paquet, an indigenous-black canadian woman passed away due a fall from her balcony from her apartment building. the police were called to her apartment after a phone call from her mother re- questing assistance to take regis to the centre for addiction and mental health (camh). after the police entered, her family heard regis cry for help, followed by the police confirming her death. her family has been persistent in fighting for justice, as they claim that the toronto police played a role in the voice of canada her death, having pushed her off the balcony them- selves. the toronto police have since ruled her death as a suicide. the unjust death of regis ko- rchinski-paquet has caused a number of protests in canada, demanding a thorough investigation in her murder and against police involvement in her death. this also led to protests regarding other forms of racial injustice due to anti-black and anti- indigenous racism. these aren’t the only cases where a black person was murdered due to racism and police brutality. numerous others such as breonna taylor, a black woman who was shot multiple times in her home in the middle of the night. the unjust shooting of ahmaud arbery and the heart-breaking murder of elijah mcclain. justice has not been met for these lives, as their murderers remain free. these are just a few names amongst thousands, who were mur- dered by the hands of the law and society. anti-black and anti-indigenous racism is a long over-due conversation that we need to have col- lectively as a society. why is there so much preju- dice against black people? why can’t black lives matter? racism is not an individual act. it is a col- lective of prejudice that holds power against black lives. racism is inherent in every culture and com- munity. since the earliest days of settlement in north america, black people have endured discrimina- tion, and have been inappropriately affected due to systemic racism that is present in every organiza- tion and workplace. it can be seen within the edu- cation system, law enforcement, the healthcare system, and it is prominent within our governing system. so, what can we do as a society? start with acknowledging the internalized racism that is prevalent in every culture and community. recognize your own internalized racism that may be buried deep within. there are so many ways that both white and non-black people of colour per- petuate racism. such as colourism, engaging in mi- croaggressions and stereotyping, appropriating black culture, refusing to give up your comfort and privilege. challenge and confront these ideals, and educate yourself on how they are anti-black. it isn’t enough to think about these issues in- ternally and stay quiet. this is a time of action. engage in conversations and educate yourself on what is happening right now. use social media to spread awareness. the refusal to post or speak outside of yourself is a refusal to give up comfort. no one is obligated to share their ideas on social media, however, reflect why it is you who does not want to. why silently sup- port in a space where no one knows where you stand when you can publicly share your sup- port and use your voice to bring more aware- ness to this global issue. confront your family and peers on their ideals, and educate them as well as yourself—no matter how difficult the conversation is. this is the time to publicly show support and use your voice. a time to advocate for change within our society. black lives matter. publisher/printer/owner/editor in chief: sanjay pahwa. place of publication: 5 faders dr brampton on l7a 4y2 m. 647 355 3300 email: email@example.com tvc disclaimer all rights reserved. no portion of this may be reproduced in any manner or otherwise without the prior consent of the editor. important: the voice of canada is in the business of selling space and claims made by the advertisers are not confirmed/tested by an independent source. whilst care is taken prior to the acceptance of advertising copy, it is not possible to verify its contents. the voice of canada cannot be held responsible for such contents, nor loss or damage incurred as a result of the transaction with companies, associates or individuals advertising in this publication. printed at : all tech print pack, plot no. 182/4, industrial area phase-1, chandigarh. email: firstname.lastname@example.org publisher/printer/owner/editor : sanjay pahwa. place of publication : scf-27, sector 19c, chandigarh. m: 9915388000