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Scarborough in Canada to host a Hindu Temple in 2018, says Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

Canada Kanthaswamy Temple was shut last November by issuing an unsafe building order banning mass gathering in the building,

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  • Hindu temple in Canada is allowed to resume services until its permanent house is rebuilt
  • The construction is likely to be finished by March 31, 2018

Scarborough, June 01, 2017: A Hindu temple in Scarborough, Canada is allowed to continue services in a Birchmount Road warehouse until its permanent home is rebuilt, the Ontario Municipal Board has decided.

The city of Toronto shut down Canada Kanthaswamy Temple Society’s use of 1380 Birchmount last November by issuing an unsafe building order banning mass gathering in the building, which includes worship, recreation and classroom teaching.

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The society and the property’s manager, Doverhold Investments, were denied an appeal to allow worship there for up to three years.

A temple is being constructed by the society at 733 Birchmount, and the construction would be finished by March 31, 2018.

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In a decision issued on May 15, board member David Lanthier said the short length of stay — 11 months — “factors significantly” in his conclusion the changes should be allowed.

He further said, the building should be fully available for industrial use in the Toronto’s employment areas.

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Scarborough Centre Coun, Michael Thompson, said he’s not happy with the decision and described it as a compromise. “The place has not been altered dramatically,” he added last week.

– by a staff writer at Newsgram

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US Offering Rewards Upto $10mn for Information on Lebanon Hezbollah Finances

The payments will be made by the State Department's Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists

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FILE - Hezbollah fighters parade in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2010. VOA

The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization.

The U.S. State Department announced the award Monday, saying it would be paid to those who give information about major Hezbollah donors and financiers as well as businesses that support the organization and banks that facilitate the group’s transactions.

The payments will be made by the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists.

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The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization. Pixabay

Hezbollah was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 1997.

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The Shi’ite group, backed by Iran, has recently been increasing its influence on Lebanon’s government. It has also been growing its regional clout, including sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad.

The State Department said its Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $150 million to more than 100 people for giving information that helped brings terrorists to justice or prevented acts of terrorism. The program began in 1984. (VOA)