By Rattan Mall
YOU just can’t beat Bindi Bains Mackoruk when it comes to discipline, determination and dedication.
The 43-year-old personal fitness trainer bagged the trophy in the figure category in her height class for the third successive year at the 2014 Bikini, Figure, Fitness, and Physique Championships held July 5 in Edmonton.
Bindi, who has two sons aged 9 and 13, competed in the Masters (age 35 and above) category. She spared no effort to try and net a Pro Card to turn professional. For this year’s competition she started preparing as early as last October and put on 10-12 pounds by March. Then from April to June she worked on developing lean muscle mass.
She noted: “This year I had broader shoulders, broader back – I brought the best package that I’ve had.”
But in the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation (CBBF) winning first place in your height category doesn’t automatically get you a Pro Card. They ultimately select just one bodybuilder from four categories and Bindi didn’t get it.
But Bindi is determined to try again next year. She said: “That’s my goal. I am going to keep going until I get it.”
She added: “Even if I became a Pro, it’s not about the fact that I have a Pro status and in the future I can make money. For me, it’s that title. For me, it’s that accomplishment. I’ve achieved the most I can at the amateur level.”
Bindi pointed out: “Competing is very challenging for a family. It takes away a lot of time from your spouse and kids.” But her husband, Chris, and her sons, Isaiah and Ayden, have been very supportive. She noted: “Sometimes it meant dropping everything and going to training. Towards the end, I was training three times a day.”
BINDI, who came to Canada at the age of three, was a youth counsellor in the Vancouver school system for a decade. She struggled with fitness and weight issues as a teenager, “which was lack of guidance and knowledge around fitness and definitely a poor South Asian diet.”
She said: “Today, I try to help people eat clean. It’s not Indian food that’s bad, it’s the way we cook it. So it’s a misconception – Indian food’s bad. Well, you can take the same Indian food and cook it with better options.”
She also cautioned people not to look for “quick fixes.” She said that if you lost a lot of weight in a short time with one of those fad diets, “that’s pretty much a red flag that it’s not permanent,”
She added: “The weight will come back as soon as you go back to your normal diet. But people look for that because they do not want to go through the long term process, especially if they have a certain date coming up.”
Bindi said: “The way I promote my training is: it’s going to take longer, your progress is going to be slow but it will be long term.”
She recommended eating four to five times a day with a break of just two or three hours between each meal. She also suggested consuming three to four litres of water a day. She added: “It flushes all the toxins from your body. You start with two litres and move your way up. It also depends on your level of activity.
Bindi underscored the need for doing any kind of physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day: walking, climbing stairs, even gardening or cleaning your house.
SO what problems do South Asian women face when it comes to keeping fit?
Bindi noted: “Time is a huge one. They are so busy with family responsibility. So many South Asian women live in extended families. … It’s not just about taking care of themselves and their kids – the onus is on them to also take care of the in-laws. … Sometimes they have full time jobs as well.”
And, of course, there are the cultural restrictions. But Bindi added: “It’s slowly changing and I am finding more and more women are trying to take care of themselves and getting out there to get fit.”
She said: “I have moms bringing me their teenage daughters, saying ‘we’re here to get her fit,’ and I look at them and I am like ‘okay, so what about you? You guys wanna do a mother-daughter thing?’ And you often hear ‘oh no, I am done’ … as if life is done!”
Bindi stressed that it wasn’t too late for moms to do something about their own health. She noted: “It’s not about having muscles – it’s just about being healthy. Our community has so many health issues- diabetes, high blood pressure and so on.”
Bindi’s counselling background definitely comes into play in her role as a personal fitness trainer. She elaborated: “Counselling is where I need to get into their head. I think fitness is more mental than it is physical because you need that mental focus to not eat those foods – 80 per cent is diet – because you could work out all you want, but you are not going to see success.”
Bindi Bains Mackoruk Photos by Simon Lau for CBBF
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Joint statement from the Greater Toronto Area & Hamilton Mayors and Chairs
We are united in fighting COVID-19 – protecting our residents and saving lives.
While the measures we have taken to stop the spread of the virus have made a difference, this virus has still taken far too many lives in our communities and continues to threaten the lives of our residents.
At the same time, there is no denying the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Jobs have been lost, many businesses have closed or are at risk of closure, and many families are worried about their financial future.
We’ve been hit hard but that’s why it is so important that we keep moving forward and come back as strong as possible.
Today, the GTHA Mayors and Chairs met to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the region and how our municipalities can work together on the economic restart and recovery.
We know the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area alone is projected to lose 355,000 jobs and 28% of GDP along with $894 million in lost wages and $3.7 billion in revenue losses for businesses. This will be felt right across the GTHA but it also threatens the provincial and national economies.
A strong recovery right here in the GTHA is crucial to healing the economic damage done by COVID-19 and helping the families and businesses all governments have been working to protect throughout this emergency.
Ontario’s economy and Canada’s economy need the GTHA to come back stronger than ever when the restart begins.
We are determined to deliver this recovery and we agreed today that the GTHA municipalities will be working together to successfully and smoothly reopen our vital regional economy when the time comes.
We also discussed how we can in a consistent way achieve significant, necessary financial support from the other governments to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and protect our ability to contribute to the recovery. A strong recovery needs strong cities and regional governments.
We have agreed we will work together to share information about our respective financial positions and explore together measures we can advocate to the other governments which will help to ensure the financial stability of local and regional governments in the GTHA.
Our child care and recreation programs help parents get back to work.
Our emergency services keep people safe.
Our transit systems get people to work and home safely.
Our major infrastructure projects – often built in conjunction with the other governments – will help kick-start the recovery and create countless jobs.
Our economic development activities attract jobs and investment.
We built a strong and vibrant GTHA and we know that we will need to come back even stronger and as quickly as we can in order to keep Canada’s economy going.
With the cooperation and support of the provincial and federal governments, we are ready to rise to this challenge.”
Four People Charged in Mississauga Pedestrian Fail to Remain Fatality
Investigators from the Major Collision Bureau have charged four people in Mississauga’s most recent fatal fail to remain collision.
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, at approximately 8:40 p.m., the victim, a 61 year-old female from Mississauga, was struck by a south bound vehicle as she was crossing Mavis Road in the area of Knotty Pine Grove in the City of Mississauga. The vehicle did not remain and the victim, having suffered major injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018 shortly before 7:00 p.m., Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM, a 60 year-old male from Brampton, and the driver believed to be responsible in this incident, surrendered to police at 22 Division. Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM has since been charged with Fail to Remain Cause Death.
Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, a 25 year old female from Brampton, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN a 28 year-old female from Brampton and Gowtham SATKUNARAJAH a 28 year-old male from Brampton have each been charged with Accessory After the Fact in relation to this incident.
Satchithanantha VAITHILINGAM will answer to his charge on March 12, 2018. Hivissa SATCHITHANANTHAN, Shajeetha SATCHITHANANTHAN andGowtham SATKUNARAJAH will answer to their charges on Monday March 26, 2018 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, have dashboard video footage of the incident or who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word ‘PEEL’ and then your tip.
Justin Trudeau in India: Hug missing! Mounting pressure?
The much publicized and anticipated visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India was marred with questions. The questions were centered on the kind of welcome he would be given in the Sikh dominated state of Punjab. Also the famous hug by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being anticipated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally made his much-touted visit to India. He landed on the Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi only to be received by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat not even a Cabinet Minister in Narendra Modi’s government.
He is presently the second rank Minister of State for Agriculture. That comes in complete contrast to the warmth that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA government has generally displayed towards the visiting dignitaries. Only a couple of weeks ago, when the heads of the 10 ASEAN states arrived in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t receive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the airport, as he has previously done with many leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, and Benjamin Netanyahu.
The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t join him is all surprising even when Prime Minister Trudeau visited Gujarat. This is unusual because the Indian Prime Minister has set a trend that he always accompanies head of the state when they visit his home state.
Even Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath did not show up, let alone accompany Prime Minister Trudeau to the Taj. However, during Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 15 January visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra, Yogi Adityanath had received Netanyahu and his wife and shown them around as well as hosted a lunch for them. For first three days, none from the executive or the elected representative held any meeting with the delegation.
Media in India is trying to spread a message that the cold treatment given by Prime Minister could be because two of the four Sikh members of Trudeau’s cabinet – Harjit Sajjan and Amarjeet Sohi – support the Khalistan movement. However, had that been the case his visit to Punjab would have got a similar response. However, the Punjab Government led by Captain Amarinder Singh rolled out a red carpet during his stay at Amritsar and even the two leaders held some fruitful discussions.
Thus putting an end to those criticisms that that Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit was devoid of any warmth. Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, for instance who met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau setting aside his earlier prejudice that he exhibited during the visit of Defence Minister Harjeet Singh Sajjan.
In recent months, Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) in Canada, the United States and Australia have banned Indian officials from visiting gurudwaras and the moment started with Gurudwaras here in Toronto. Could that be the reason for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not accord one of the warmest welcomes that he is known to provide? Or the use by Canada’s parliament of the term genocide to describe mass killings of Sikhs in India in 1984 has left the Indian Prime Minister disturbed? However, more than Prime Minister Modi, this could have left the Congress party in troubled waters, but that was also not the case as Amarinder Singh hails from the same party.
The lukewarm welcome to Prime Minister Trudeau can have its political ramifications too. Will it hamper the significant 2015 deal, in which Canada agreed to supply 3,000 metric tons of Uranium to power India’s atomic reactors?
Somewhere Prime Minister Modi has not taken the issue of non allowing entry of Indian officials to Gurudwaras and the statement on Genocide too lightly. Prime Minister Modi however has failed to understand that Canada cannot curtail the right of freedom of speech and expression of its citizen.
Two nations perhaps failed to resolve the matter before Prime Minister boarded the flight from Canada and not welcoming Prime Minister Trudeau could be a tactical decision to put pressure on him. With Prime Minister Modi preferring to meet him at the far end of the tour has conveyed a lot about the myopic approach of Prime Minister Modi.