New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Friday said that the civic body will do its utmost to de-silt all its 247 drains before the onset of monsoon.Chairing a meeting on cleaning of drains under SDMC, Smt. Kangra stated that the desilting is of paramount importance in order to overcome the breakdown of diseases, control breeding of the mosquitoes and maintain sanitation during rainy season. In the meeting attended by the senior most officers of the DEMS and sanitation department of the HQ and all four zonal officers of the department concerned, the Mayor reviewed the progress of desilting drains with more than 4 feet deep. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarShe added that the work is on and there has been no disruption during last few weeks. She expressed confidence that the work will pick up its desired pace. The SDMC drains are spread over an area of more than 160 kilometer. The mayor was informed that the work has been completed in over 215 drains. It was also reported that two third of the work has been accomplished. The drains with more than 4 feet deep are being cleaned by the engineering department whereas the cleaning of less deep drains is the responsibility of the Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceDEMS. She asked the Department concerned to expedite the work as the cleaning of drains will also go a long way in the improvement of status of swatchchta. She was also informed that there is no dearth of machines and manpower required in cleaning the drains. 21 Pumping Stations will become functional very soon. The Mayor asked the engineers and officers to work in tandem and keep a close eye over the progress. Further she asked the Department concerned to submit progress report after every two days in order to enable her to monitor the status and take and give appropriate timely instructions.
Local Liberal candidate Kim Huffman says she supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology for donning blackface makeup when he was younger.“I thought it was sincere and he clearly owned up to making a mistake 20 years ago,” Huffman said Thursday.“This shows how things have changed. This photo showed up in a yearbook. Something like that would never make it into a yearbook today. This is definitely a teachable moment.”Huffman is among the candidates in Haldimand-Norfolk challenging Conservative Diane Finley, who is seeking a sixth term in the Oct. 21 election.On Wednesday evening, an 18-year-old photo of Trudeau, dressed in an Aladdin costume with his hands and face darkened, was published by Time magazine. He had dressed up for a theme gala at the private school where he taught.Trudeau apologized for having indulged in what he acknowledged was a racist act and confessed to another: wearing makeup during a high-school talent show, while performing a version of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”On Thursday morning, Global News published a video of a young Trudeau in blackface, showing him sticking out his tongue for the camera and raising his arms over his head, part of a montage of people apparently goofing around in a setting that’s hard to discern. A Liberal spokesperson said it was filmed in the early 1990s, when he was in his early 20s.Trudeau addressed the matter again at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Winnipeg.“What I did hurt them – hurt people who shouldn’t face intolerance and discrimination because of their skin colour,” he said. “This is something I regret. I should’ve understood that then and should never have done it.”Norfolk County native Jason Lietaer is a strategist in the Conservative Party of Canada war room.On Thursday, Lietaer said the blackface revelations are an embarrassment to the country.“It’s a bombshell,” he told a Toronto radio station. “It’s the No. 1 trending news story worldwide right now.”Finley condemned Trudeau’s behaviour but stopped short Thursday of calling for the prime minister’s resignation“Unfortunately, he seems to have his own set of rules,” she said.“I’m a great believer in democracy. I’m sure Canadians were shocked and disappointed when the story broke and when they saw how he reacted.“I personally don’t believe he is fit to govern. But I also think Canadians have a right and a responsibility to make that decision.”Bob Forbes, the People’s Party of Canada candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk, said it is ironic that a prime minister who has castigated the People’s Party as racist and intolerant should have a history of racial insensitivity himself.“I was quite stunned,” Forbes said. “When I first heard, I thought to myself, ‘Is this really true?’ Then social media exploded with it.“Justin Trudeau has to be one of the biggest hypocrites of all time based on what he’s said in the past compared to what’s going on right now. It’s like a bomb has exploded. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for the Liberal campaign right now.”The New Democratic Party of Canada has yet to nominate a candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk.Brooke Martin, Green Party candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk, did not respond to an email invitation for comment by press time.— With files from Postmedia News