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Ian Harvey Hanomansing (born 1961) is a Canadian television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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March 11, 2017: Trinidad-born Canadian journalist is all set ready to kickstart The National, the main CBC newscast. Earlier, Hoomansing has worked for CBC as a reporter, anchor, and interviewer for the variety of assignments. The current anchor of CBC newscast, Peter Mansbridge who has served nearly three decades on the desk will step down on July 1.

Hoomansing is the second cousin to local old stager broadcaster Hans Hoomansing and Gideon Hanoomansingh, an independent TV anchor and also a former news anchor. Many Canadians acknowledge Ian hoomanshing to be the heir apparent. He has been with the CBC for past 30 years. Even at the age of 54, he looks a decade younger.

Gideon Hoomansing quoted that Ian was a meritorious claimant for the CBC newscast and that he was extremely proud of his Canadian relative. He also explained that Hoomansign in his early career dropped “H” from his name and was only called as ‘Ian Harvey’ when Canada was having trepidation with the Sikh community who were behaving absurdly at the time. However, Hoomansing in a TV interview in Canada revealed that – when he was working as a radio broadcaster, he used only first two initials of his name – Ian Harvey – and later realized that his audience could not identify him when he met them off air.

Lately, Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor for The National. Hanomansing has been wooed by rival news organizations in the United States and Canada over the years, he was quoted on saying over the issue that ” I knew I was never going to leave the job”. His wife’s West Coast law career and the couple’s desire to keep their kids in the same schools led to 25 happy years in Vancouver. Nevertheless, A move to CBC’s broadcast center in Toronto — where “The National” has always been based — is doable now.

“I’ve lived through lots of changes at my time at CBC,” he says, “some incremental, some seismic.” He survived, for instance, the ruinous “Prime Time News” shift to 9 p.m in the early ’90s as well as the downsizing of the local supper hour newscasts in the 2000s. Hanomansing relishes being released from his teleprompter and might not be eager to be stuck behind one in a re-imagined version of “The National.”

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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An Indian Origin Woman Minister in the Government of British Columbia

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

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British Columbia, the Canadian province that is a leader in technology and has one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems in the world
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From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.

Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.

Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.

In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.

“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.

Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.

“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens' Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011. Pixabay

Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.

Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.

“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.

“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.

She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.

“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.

Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.

As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.

“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.

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The identity cards issued by her government for accessing citizens’ services have high-security features and cannot be breached for extracting personal details.

“Our ID cards, personal details are never shared with anyone. There is nothing that goes out from our portal,” she noted.

Asked if she was aware of the controversy surrounding the Aadhaar card in India, the minister said, “a little bit”. (IANS)