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Canada’s Lack of Affordable Housing Forces Student from India to Live Under a Bridge

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Canada's Lack of Affordable Housing Forces Student from India to Live Under a Bridge

A video of an international student from India that went viral on social media highlighted the seriousness of affordability international students face in Canada. In the video, a couple of Indian students in Toronto meet another Indian student who, unable to find work and pay his rent, has resorted to living beneath a bridge in Toronto.

Chirag Gondi posted the video, saying he and his pals were driving in the neighbourhood when the student saw them and waved them down.

“When we went to speak with him, he asked if he could borrow our phone because he hadn’t been able to call his parents in India for several days,” Gondi wrote on TikTok. “After he spoke with his mother, we asked him if he also needed a ride home.” ‘Brother, I don’t have a home,’ he added.

The video depicts the student living in a flooded, rat-infested environment with only a blanket and a small bag for things. Gondi and a buddy then drove him to a Toronto homeless shelter.

@chirag__gondiI was driving near victoria park scarbrough when i saw this guy ( I saw pag ) ans i told my friend that i think thats one of our desi guy . Then we stopped and he told us he needs to make a call to his home in india we said lets go we can take you to your home and he said he dont have a home he is just living under bridge from last 4 days.♬ original sound – ChiragGondi

According to Gondi, the student, who moved to Kitchener from India a few months ago and is enrolled at a college, overspent his budget by buying for a forklift licence, which he felt would secure him a job. But, failing to find one and unable to pay the rent, he was evicted from his shared housing.

Students who come to Canada must deposit a minimum of $10,000 in a Guaranteed Income Certificate (GIC), a form of safety net that is repaid to them in monthly installments. Gondi informed the student that his GIC money ($600) for the month was due on July 28th. “He expected to spend only a few days on the streets before getting his money and finding a place to stay.”

Indian-origin minister, widely regarded as Trudeau’s successor, demoted

Embattled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose approval ratings are plummeting due to high prices and decreasing living standards, reshuffled his cabinet this week in an attempt to counter the notion that he was dozing at the wheel. In the course of reshuffling the deck, he stripped Anita Anand of her prominent position as Defence Minister and appointed her as President of the Treasury Board.

The move has been perceived as a demotion for the Indian-origin lawmaker, who is widely considered as one of his cabinet’s best performers.

Anand first received praise in 2020, when, as Procurement Minister, she assisted Canada in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines and personal protective equipment (PPE). She was appointed Defence Minister when the Trudeau administration was re-elected in 2021, replacing fellow Indo-Canadian, Harjit Sajjan. The high-profile post became even more crucial in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, and experts agree that Anand behaved well once again.


Many people began to regard her as a possible successor to Trudeau when he stands down as Liberal Party leader. This talk, according to some observers, has proven to be her undoing. Indeed, Radio-Canada reported last month that she was summoned by Trudeau’s inner circle, who cautioned her that her campaign for a future leadership position was becoming too indiscreet.

However, after taking the oath, Anand, who was a law professor at the University of Toronto before entering politics, refuted the notion that she had been demoted.

“There isn’t a single government policy that doesn’t go through the Treasury Board.” “I’ll look at everything from a policy standpoint,” she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “And, yes, I will have to speak with my colleagues about the importance of prudent spending, and I am looking forward to those discussions as well.”

Justin Trudeau greatly underestimated the scope of the crisis as well as the number of people affected. Soaring rents, rising ownership costs, and a growing mismatch between the number of people we bring into Canada and the number of homes we develop for them effect “hundreds of thousands” of individuals.

It’s many millions, ranging from young people who can’t get into the market to seniors who can’t find a means to downsize and parents who know their children won’t be able to live on their own for long. It is the most pressing concern for all of these people – a genuine existential threat to their future, family, or prosperity.


According to Raising the Roof, an organisation that provides long-term solutions to homelessness, “50,000 people make up the ‘hidden’ homeless – individuals who temporarily stay with family or friends because they have nowhere else to go.” These are the homeless people.

This election, affordable housing has become a lightning rod issue, as many Canadians have realised that their money does not go as far as it used to. The cost of living has risen nearly overnight, from housing to random Amazon purchases heavily reduced on Prime Day. Inflation has reappeared as a political football for the first time in a generation, having risen to 3.7% in July of this year for the first time in years.

“You’ll forgive me if I don’t think about monetary policy,” Justin Trudeau said in this context. You’ll realise I’m thinking about families.”

You’ll understand why I don’t like such a casual comment – inflation is monetary policy.

Because the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is the primary vehicle through which the government runs its affordable housing initiatives, let’s define “affordable” in the context of housing.

Housing is affordable if you spend less than 30% of your gross income on it, which means that many of us are drowning.

The epidemic has increased the scarcity of affordable housing, but it was a thirty-year-in-the-making emergency. And, as usual, we tinkered around the margins while defunding social services that could have intervened to help individuals on the verge of homelessness.

We are currently in a crisis.

Canada to Send Asylum Seekers Back to United States

Canada to Send Asylum Seekers Back to United States



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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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