Sunday, January 20, 2019

BATTLING A WETLANDS DESIGNATION

   The Morley farm at Stittsville, Ontario, owned by Joni Sabourin, has had issues with fire. Teenagers from the neighbouring suburbs nearly burnt a tree down on her back lot and unauthorized bonfires aren’t uncommon.
   But these days, she’s more worried about water. A substantial piece of her 185-acre farm, just west of urban Ottawa, that she rents to an area farmer, is about to be zoned as a provincially significant wetland. Water has crept onto her property, killing parts of her hayfields and some of the trees.
  Sabourin is concerned that if the designation goes through, the land covered by the designation and the 120-metre buffer zones surrounding it will lose much of its value.

FUNDAMENTAL GRIEVANCES BEHIND BREXIT

To understand what's going on in the U.K. after the defeat of Theresa May in the Commons, one needs some background not only on what motivated the Brits to vote to leave the European Union, but more importantly what it is about the E.U. that they particularly dislike.
The first part of it is easy.  The English, and it was they who provided the bulk of the "leave" votes, were simply tired of being told what to do by a European Commission that had not been elected by them or anybody else, for that matter.  It was a simple matter of sovereignty, especially after the European Commission turned out to be nothing more than a proxy for a new German diktat after Merkel, without consulting anyone, opened the borders of the E.U. to two million Muslim migrants in 2015.
This may have been the proximate cause of the Brexit outcome, but the deeper reasons involve long held fundamental grievances that had been simmering over many years and finally boiled over.  That had to do with the direction in which the E.U. is taking Europe.  To put it simply, that direction is an unmistakably left-wing course aiming at the creation of a new union of European nations that lack individual sovereignty and are told what to do by their betters – a kind of democratic Soviet Union, which history tells us is not possible.

TABLES TURN ON PELOSI & MEDIA

   Saturday was National Popcorn Day, but I’ve been nibbling on popcorn all week as Nancy Pelosi learned a lesson about presidential power and the media was gut checked by the special prosecutor. I haven’t had this much fun since election night 2016.
   While she might have thought otherwise, the power of the commander-in-chief is far greater than that of the speaker of the House, and the humiliating way this was brought home to the congressional equivalent of Maerose Prizzi (h/t Michael Walsh) was something. She anticipated that she and her posse of cronies and their families (reports of a ninety-some entourage in all) would hop a military plane for a free trip to Brussels, Afghanistan, and Egypt, doubtless with fawning media coverage, leaving the president to sit alone in the White House hoping fruitlessly they’d toddle in there to negotiate an end to the shutdown. Reports vary as to whether she was on the tarmac or on her way there when the president cancelled the flight as incompatible during a shutdown when federal workers were not being paid and illegal aliens were continuing to invade.

SHAMELESS CLIMATE SCIENTIST USES DR. M L KING

Why Climate Change Would Have Alarmed Dr. Martin Luther King

As Dr. Martin Luther King’s National Day of Service approaches, I had an interesting thought as a scientist, writer, and human being. Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity, and its impacts stretch far beyond science. Climate change is often discussed from the lens of agriculture, energy, public health, national security, or weather disasters. However, the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment report affirms previous studies that climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged populations of all races. The question that came to mind is “would Dr. King have been concerned about climate change?”

I think the answer is resoundingly “yes.” There are clues in his writing and speeches that suggest that would he have been very concerned. A common misperception about Dr. King is that he fought for a specific group of people. Dr. King, like most great humanitarians, fought for anyone facing injustice. He likely would have been an activist for the planet once he saw who was most vulnerable (more on that shortly).

3-TIME LOSER HORWATH PERFECT WHERE SHE IS

   This spring will be the 10th anniversary of Horwath becoming NDP leader. The Hamilton MPP has led them into three general elections.
  The question for provincial lefties now is do they want her to lead them into a fourth? The answer, surely, is no.
   The June election was Horwath’s to lose. True to form, she fumbled it — again. She went into the election with strong polling numbers. At one point, she was in a statistical dead heat with Doug Ford’s Tories.

SO MUCH FOR TRUDEAU'S SUNNY WAYS

  A former Liberal candidate who came within a five percentage point-margin of unseating Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt in the 2015 election is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of manipulating a nomination contest to make way for their preferred candidate, Olympic gold medalist Adam van Koeverden, for the 2019 election.
   In a press release, businessman Azim Rizvee said he was “forced” by the party to withdraw from the nomination for Milton, Ont., after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) personally told him and his wife that Mr. van Koeverden, an Olympic gold medalist in sprint kayaking, is his preferred candidate.
   “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, personally told me and my wife very aggressively that Adam van Koeverden is his preferred candidate for the Milton riding: ‘I am little worried for you guys but I will keep pushing Adam van Koeverden, He is a good man and we need him in Ottawa,'” Mr. Rizvee wrote in the press release. “We felt threatened, harassed and bullied.”

Saturday, January 19, 2019

NOTLEY'S INDEPENDENT ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER

  Alberta’s election commissioner is considering a $5,500 fine against Rebel Media for violating rules set out for third-party advertisers, a move Rebel founder Ezra Levant describes as “thuggish behaviour.”
  Election commissioner Lorne Gibson also recently fined the Canadian Taxpayers Federation $6,000 for failing to apply for registration as a third-party advertiser. The details of that investigation haven’t been released beyond a line item as an administrative penalty on the commissioner’s website.
  Levant, who tweeted about the commissioner’s decision Friday, slammed the province for what he characterized as censorship. The Rebel posted the commissioner’s letter and its lawyer’s response online.