Toronto: Humayun Kobir’s neck sliced by manja, the kite string that is prohibited by the city

Kite string slices man’s neck

Published On Tue Aug 30 2011
Humayun Kobir, 27, is recovering at home after a red kite string cut open the right side of his neck while riding his motorcycle to work.
“When I saw the blood squirting, I put my hand on my wound to put pressure on it. I couldn’t feel anything. I just felt warm blood coming out.”
Liem Vu Staff Reporter
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“When I saw the blood squirting, I put my hand on my wound to put pressure on it. I couldn’t feel anything. I just felt warm blood coming out,” said the 27-year-old father of two, who was injured near Warden Woods Park on Sunday.

Police said Kobir was cut by a strand of “high-strength” kite fighting string. The sport, popular in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, often uses a string called manja, which is coated in an abrasive powdered glass compound. Opponents duel with one another until one kite string cuts the other.

Lawyer Mary Thomson says revoking licence would be too extreme in case of “Dr.” Behnaz Yazdanfar who was found guilty of incompetence and unprofessional conduct

Incompetent "Dr." Behnaz Yazdanfar leaves the Ontario College of Physicians in this file photo. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR

Child of botched plastic surgery victim cries ‘Where’s my mummy’ panel hears

Published On Mon Aug 29 2011

Michael Woods

Staff Reporter

The family of a woman who died after a Toronto doctor botched her liposuction spoke out for the first time Monday, saying Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar “failed our family on the most basic human level.”

The statement from Krista Stryland’s family opened the penalty hearing for Dr. Yazdanfar, who in May was found guilty of incompetence and unprofessional conduct by Ontario’s medical watchdog in her care of five patients including Stryland, who died after having liposuction in September 2007. She was 32 years old and the mother of a young boy.

Startup Visa Canada aims to upgrade immigration program for entrepreneurs

Startup Visa Canada aims to upgrade this country's immigration program by making it easier for prospective entrepreneurs with Canadian investors to launch science and technology companies

Startup Visa Canada aims to upgrade immigration policy
Sean Stanleigh
Globe and Mail
Update
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 12:05PM EDT

A worthy venture

On the heels of the Startup Visa Act awaiting presentation to Congress in the United States comes the launch of Startup Visa Canada, which aims to upgrade this country’s immigration program by making it easier for prospective entrepreneurs with Canadian investors to launch science and technology companies.

Quebec: François Legault suggests that the province temporarily limit the number of immigrants

 

Legault suggests limiting the number of immigrants the province accepts to 45,000 per year, over two years, a move he said will offer Quebec time to double the resources available to immigrants once they arrive in the province.

Cut back on Quebec immigration: Legault
Francois Legault, co-president of the Coalition for Quebec’s Future said he thinks Quebec should scale back immigration for two years.
Updated: Mon Aug. 29 2011 9:55:17 P
ctvmontreal.ca

Quebec needs to make some major changes to its immigration policies, said the co-president of the newly formed Coalition for Quebec’s Future, François Legault.

Legault laid out the group’s platform on immigration and culture Monday, suggesting that the province temporarily limit the number of immigrants that are accepted until the province has enough resources to teach newcomers the French language properly.

CIC launches online consultation on immigration levels and mix

News Release

CIC launches online consultation on immigration levels and mix

 Online consultation on immigration:

Complete the online questionnaire [Open from August 29 to September 19, 2011]
Read the background document: Stakeholder and Public Consultations on Immigration Levels and Mix

NDP MP Libby Davies copycats Ruby Dhalla to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age pension benefits

Even Dhalla's Liberal colleagues left her out on a limb with seniors' critic Judy Sgro issuing a news release saying her party wouldn't support the move that would've cost an estimated $300 million to $700 million annually.

NDP MP urges old age benefits for new immigrants
By Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau
Last Updated: August 29, 2011 5:14pm
NDP MP Libby Davies has revived a highly controversial effort to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age pension benefits. (File Photo)

OTTAWA – Possible federal NDP leadership hopeful Libby Davies has revived a highly controversial effort to eliminate the 10-year residency requirement to qualify for old age pension benefits.

The Vancouver MP has introduced a motion calling on the government to open the federal pension to recent immigrants who’ve made few, if any, contributions into Canada’s state pension system.

That could also grant new arrivals access to the guaranteed income supplement.

Toronto: Humayun Kobir got his neck slashed by line of wire strung across the intersection in area known for kite fighting

Police are investigating after a motorcyclist's neck was slashed by a wire strung across an east-end intersection. Zuraidah Alman reports from the scene.

Kite fighting and kite running were both banned in Afganistan by the Taliban. It was used to gamble and for violence. The Taliban punished adults and children who particpated in kite running. Kite fighting was a hobby in Afganistan. The building of the kite and the kite crew requires two poeple. When you and the person build the kite it was a sign of respect and friendship. When the kite was done the two people who built the kite go to ‘war.’ The boys put glass on their strings and attempt to cut the opponents kite.When the kite was cut it was a sign of becoming a man and of victory. Then everyone would run after the free floating kite. Whoever caught it had the choice of destroying it, keeping it, or giving it back to the kite flyer. This running and retrieval of the was known as kite running. (Source swimmadude.glogster.com )

Investigation underway after wire injures motorcyclist
CTV Toronto Extended: Investigators probe area on Warden Ave.
Police investigate the scene of a bizarre accident involving a motorcyclist and a string of wire on Warden Ave.
A bizarre accident in the east end injures a motorcyclist, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.
ctvtoronto.ca
Date: Monday Aug. 29, 2011 1:26 PM ET

Police are investigating after a male motorcyclist’s neck was slashed when he rode into a thin wire on an east-end street Sunday afternoon.

Humayun Kobir, 27, was riding his motorcycle northbound on Warden Avenue past St. Clair Avenue East when his neck caught a line of wire apparently strung across the intersection.

Bloc Quebecois MP Maria Mourani maintains her belief that the party is long from dead

Bloc Quebecois MP Maria Mourani holds a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on February 16, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Bloc Quebecois MP Mourani holding the fort in Montreal
The Canadian Press

Date: Monday Aug. 29, 2011 6:52 AM ET

MONTREAL — For most of those involved in the Quebec separatist movement, 2011 has been marked by major upheaval.

The crushing defeat of the Bloc Quebecois last May has left it rudderless and leaderless, stripped of official party status.

The provincial Parti Quebecois is in disarray, with several members of the legislature having jumped ship. The party has plunged in the polls and is under threat from rival movements on the right and the left.