On March 28, she took to Facebook to thank her supporters and announce that she had taken a vacation, got some much needed rest and spent time with her family.“I am now back home in Scarborough and ready to figure out and work toward the next step,” she wrote. No matter what, I will always love and work for the betterment of our communities, province, country and global society.” She is seeking a seat in an upcoming byelection in Scarborough–Rouge River, vacant since longtime MPP Bas Balkissoon’s surprising resignation last month. The riding has been Liberal since its creation in 1999. Sri Lankan born Canadian politician Rathika Sitsabaiesan is to contest the Canadian elections for the Ontario Liberal Party.Sitsabaiesan, the former NDP MP for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge River submitted her nomination papers to the Ontario Liberal Party this week, The Huffington Post reported. Her page makes no mention of running for Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals; it features mostly election-style posts urging people to vote for the federal NDP. (Colombo Gazette) Sitsabaiesan was defeated in the October 19 federal election when the NDP was completely wiped out in Toronto. She came in third with 22 per cent support, 10,000 votes behind her Liberal rival, Shaun Chen, who won 48 per cent of the vote. The Conservative, Ravinder Malhi, came in second with 27 per cent.The 34-year-old was only elected in 2011 under then NDP leader Jack Layton’s wave, winning what had originally been thought of as a safe Liberal seat. Born in Sri Lanka, Sitsabaiesan became the first parliamentarian of Tamil descent. She immigrated to Canada when she was five.
Senior marines “encouraged” junior ranks to engage in a game where the losers were punished by being hit with a keyboard wrist support so hard that they could not sit down without pain for weeks, a court martial heard.The four decorated senior marines failed to stop younger marines from taking part in a “reefing” game, which saw participants take it in turns to stand on a table with their trousers and underwear around their ankles, surrounded by their peers. Lieutenant Colonel Victoria Phillips, prosecuting, described, how the person in the middle would have to tell a story or sing a song to the others, but if they were not deemed entertaining enough they were subjected to a “reefing” – being hit on the bottom with a 2ft gel keyboard wrist support nicknamed “Big Red”. Robert Pawson, representing 33-year-old married father Arnett, who has since left the forces, said: “Each of these four defendants have been let down by the system.”This shouldn’t be dealt with as scapegoating four men because someone panicked that this was an initiation ceremony, which it wasn’t.”Christopher Hill, representing, 33-year-old Melia, of the City of London marine barracks, said that his client had just joined the unit as troop sergeant the previous day and was unaware of the injuries being inflicted but had “lacked the moral courage” to stop it.Bob Williams, representing Spence, 37, who has also left the forces and is formerly of Lympstone, said his client had a “sparkling career” but said his client “never had the intention to encourage” the others.Gareth Evans, representing Wake, 30, of 40 Commando near Taunton, Somerset, said: “He thought this was no more than a laugh and states that he did nothing that was intended to injure.”The case was adjourned for sentencing to be announced on Friday. The focus in this case is, and should be, the conduct of those non-commissioned officers presentLieutenant Colonel Victoria Phillips, prosecuting The game, known as “spin a dit”, left four marines with bruising and cuts that meant they had difficulty sitting down and lying on their backs for two weeks. Sergeants Richard Melia and Ian Spence, and Corporals Robert Wake and John Arnett, have each pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to perform their public duty during celebrations of the Royal Marine Corp’s 350th anniversary on October 28 2014.The court martial at Portsmouth Naval Base heard that the four defendants “encouraged” the activities involving up to 50 marines at a bar at the 42 Commando barracks at Bickleigh, near Plymouth, Devon. Lt Col Phillips said the junior marines had not been subject to any criminal charges because “the focus in this case is, and should be, the conduct of those non-commissioned officers present”. The court heard that Spence also poured vodka on to the injuries of Marine William Gibson after he had asked for some form of antiseptic. Spence has also pleaded guilty to ill-treatment of a subordinate in connection with this act. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.