By Laura Kane The Canadian Press Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 BURNABY, B.C.—Jagmeet Singh often starts conversations with Burnaby South residents by asking a question: “I want to take on the government in Ottawa. What do you need me to do?” Singh has lacked a voice in Parliament since he became NDP leader in the fall of 2017. The former Ontario legislator finally has a shot in a British Columbia byelection, but it’s a risky bet with his political future at stake. The New Democrats narrowly won the riding by about 550 votes in 2015, and experts say while recent Liberal turmoil has helped Singh, there’s still a month before the vote on Feb. 25. He had a rocky first year as leader, they add, and losing a byelection would likely end his tenure. Singh, 40, said he’s not thinking about what would happen if he loses. “I’m not worried about my own political future. I’m worried about the future of this country,” he said in … [Read more...] about ‘I’m worried about the future of this country.’ Jagmeet Singh says he’s not thinking about what happens if he loses Burnaby South
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By Allison McCann The New York Times Stephen Castle Mon., Dec. 10, 2018 On Tuesday, Britain’s Parliament was to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a long, legally-binding agreement on terms to withdraw from the European Union, and a vaguer set of political pledges for the country’s future relationship with the bloc. Facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, May said Monday that she would seek to postpone the parliamentary vote. The move threw the process into disarray and highlighted her tenuous hold on power. Should May’s Brexit deal come to a vote, it is widely anticipated that will be rejected by parliament. The important question is by how much. Article Continued Below If May loses by a narrow margin, then she will probably still be in the game. She could ask EU Union leaders for some changes to the deal, though they are unlikely to give her much. She could then send the new deal back to Parliament and hope … [Read more...] about May’s Brexit deal is probably going to fail. What happens then?
By Kate Carraway Special to the Star Mon., Dec. 3, 2018 Last year, right around this time, when twinkle lights illuminated newly pitch-black afternoons, and Christmas carols wore themselves out long before the holidays, my inbox exploded with a reply-all email brawl. It wasn’t my fight, but it was wild, and there I was, CCed on everything. My instinct, usually, would have been to get into it, to “help,” but due to some late-breaking awareness that things that have nothing to do with me have nothing to do with me, I decided to ignore it. It was the right decision, because I have enough to think about already, a personal reef of undone-ness that needs my attention, but “ignoring it” is also on trend, especially since right now everyone wants to talk about emotional labour. This is extra-especially true since Gemma Hartley’s book Fed Up — about the “unpaid, invisible” work that women do, and often do all of … [Read more...] about During the holidays ask yourself, ‘what will happen if I just do nothing’
LUXEMBOURG (BLOOMBERG) - As British Prime Minister Theresa May strives to get her Brexit deal through Parliament, lawsuits are piling up with the potential to change the course of the nation's biggest constitutional crisis since the 1930s. On Monday (Nov 26), the European Union's General Court in Luxembourg rules on a challenge by expats including Mr Harry Shindler, a World War II British Army veteran. They argue that the EU's decision to start Brexit negotiations was illegal because they were denied a voice in Britain's 2016 referendum. Britons who had lived overseas for more than 15 years had been barred from voting then. The key question for judges will be whether such a direct challenge is admissible. That is followed on Tuesday by a hearing at the EU's Court of Justice (ECJ) - the bloc's highest tribunal - on potentially the most important Brexit case of all. The question being asked of a 27-judge panel is crucial for the Britons who voted against Brexit and would like another … [Read more...] about EU judges to rule on what happens if Britain changes mind on Brexit
What happens if you die without a will? TMZ reported that famed singer Aretha Franklin did not leave a will behind. If you die without a will in the US, the fate of your estate largely varies based on your location and the status of your family. What happens if you die without a will? Singer Aretha Franklin reportedly died without leaving behind a will, according to TMZ. The singer’s net worth was around $80 million, according to People. Plenty of famous figures like Howard Hughes, Prince, and Pablo Picasso died without wills, Forbes reported. And a majority of Americans don’t currently have a will or a living trust, according to a 2017 Caring.com survey. Whether or not you’re rich and famous, people who die without leaving behind a will are classified as having died “intestate.” What happens to all your stuff and money, at least in the United States, depends on what state you live in. Intestacy laws vary across the United … [Read more...] about Here’s what happens if you die without a will