Saturday, September 22, 2018


NP:  Caitlan Coleman says her husband, Joshua Boyle, deepened the nightmare of her captivity during their five years as hostages in Central Asia.
In unsealed court documents, Coleman alleges she was physically and emotionally abused by Boyle while they were being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.
“J.B. (Joshua Boyle) regularly threatened to kill me by setting me on fire,” Coleman says in an affidavit filed in June as part of a family court application to gain sole custody of the couple’s children


Rex Murphy, NP:    The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, which the Ford government announced Thursday it would officially cancel, was one of the most monumental government follies of our time. It was a hydra-headed monster of regulations and fiat that bludgeoned Ontario’s rural communities, stripped Ontario’s municipalities of every right to the slightest participation in their own planning, placed a darkling pall over the manufacturing industry, and imposed the highest electricity costs in all North America on some of Ontario’s lowest-income citizens.


Toronto Sun:  “The political left in Canada has been very successful in using the courts to win policy battles that they can’t win in fair and free elections. The list of policies that have been dictated by judge-made law is long: abortion, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, Aboriginal rights, immigration and refugee determination, judicial salaries, Senate-reform, prostitution, collective bargaining. But whatever is next on their policy shopping list could now be in jeopardy.”
To be sure, this isn’t only the result of activist judges misusing the Charter to strike down laws they don’t like.
It’s also the fault of Canadian governments ducking their responsibilities to pass laws on controversial issues, by falsely claiming they are hamstrung by the courts.


   Suzuki first called for her resignation earlier this week in La Presse while commenting on the resignation of the French environment minister, Nicholas Hulot.
"I was very impressed by Mister Hulot in France who just, on air said 'My government isn't serious about this target. We're not doing it. I quit.' Well why the hell doesn't the minister of the environment? She sounds like the minister of the economy. What's going on here?" he said Friday.
   Suzuki accused McKenna of using her position to try to justify the government's policies.
"It's so hypocritical what McKenna is doing. To say that she really is committed to what they signed in Paris and that they're going full bore. They're using the Harper targets as their criteria for what they want to do. That's ridiculous. Harper was a rabid climate denier, and they're going to use his targets? What's going on? I think McKenna should resign if she means what she says about climate change."

Friday, September 21, 2018


  Ontario’s finance minister says an independent commission that probed the province’s books has found the government ran a multi-billion-dollar deficit in the last fiscal year.
  Vic Fedeli says the previous government did not balance the budget as it reported: the province's public account shows a $3.7 billion deficit in 2017-18
  He further says the province will run a $15-billion deficit this fiscal year, not $6.7 billion as the Liberals projected.


The Canadian Cattleman's Association (CCA) is asking the Senate to remove a last-minute addition to the definition of fish habitat in the Fisheries Act that will make it nearly impossible for beef and agricultural producers to be in compliance with the Act. The addition of subsection 2(2) to Bill C-68 (Fisheries Act) greatly expanded what can be deemed fish habitat. Subsection 2(2) is problematic because it deems areas with the necessary water flow characteristics to sustain ecosystems of fish habitat to be fish habitat. This is the case even if there are no fish using the area for any life process. The expansion of fish habitat results in practically all water bodies being fish habitat or deemed fish habitat. Under the Act anyone would be in contravention if they alter, disrupt, or cause destruction of fish habitat.


   Emmanuel Macron has said funding should be withdrawn from pro-sovereignty nations reluctant to hand more power over to Brussels, and that countries which refuse to welcome third world migrants must be thrown out of the Schengen area.
   “Europe is not a menu à la carte, it’s a political project,” the French president declared, speaking at the end of an EU mini-summit on migration in Salzburg Thursday evening.
   At a press conference following the meeting of European leaders, Macron acknowledged there was “a crisis and tensions” over the topic but, crying out, “Who generates them?” the former investment banker launched a broadside at nations which reject asylum seekers and those which “refuse to let boats dock on its ports”.


  WHY CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD’S HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS WERE SCRUBBED: Faculty Approved Racism, Binge Drinking and Promiscuity
  On Monday Sept. 17th, Christine Blasey Ford’s high school yearbooks suddenly disappeared from the web. I read them days before, knew they would be scrubbed, and saved them. Why did I know they would be scrubbed? Because if roles were reversed, and Christine Blasey Ford had been nominated for the Supreme Court by President Trump, the headline by the resistance would be this:
  h/t SDA


  Levy, Toronto Sun:  On the morning after the appeal court decision on the stay of Bill 5, NDP councilor Joe Cressy issued an e-mail advising constituents he’s going to “continue to fight back against this unprecedented attack on the city.  “Doug Ford’s attack on our city has been relentless … he is committed to trampling on our … fundamental rights,” he wrote.
   I really hope that this election will get rid of some of the past-their-due-date has-beens and those who’ve taken this city in a terrible direction with their hug-a-thug, stroke-a-lawless-transient, enable-the-drug addicted ideologies.
  With any luck, fewer councilors will mean less time to dream up their social justice warrior agendas and causes that have little to do with running a city, like anti-black-racism and aboriginal secretariats or a day against Islamophobia.


  Some rich foreigners seeking Canadian residency under a special Quebec program for wealthy investors couldn't point to the province on a map, while others submitted fake documents or disguised their assets — yet many of them were still accepted for immigration, former civil servants say.
  The officials, charged with administering the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), say they were sometimes pressured into ignoring signs that applicants' fortunes were founded on corruption or other ill-gotten gains.
   "The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program is a scam from start to finish. I think that everyone who's involved in the program knows that," said Ian Young, the Vancouver correspondent for Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper and a seasoned observer of immigration patterns from China to Canada. "I think that includes policy-makers, the people who facilitate it and the immigrants themselves."


   Months after cancelling hundreds of renewable energy contracts, the Ontario government introduced legislation Thursday to scrap a law that aimed to bolster the province’s green energy industry.
  Premier Doug Ford promised during the spring election campaign to repeal the Green Energy Act, which was introduced by the previous Liberal government in 2009 in a bid to grow the province’s solar and wind energy supply.
   Critics of the act have said it resulted in an increase in electricity costs and saw the province overpay for power it did not need.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


  When Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually abusing her in high school, came forward with her accusation, she reportedly mentioned two other witnesses at the party where Kavanaugh allegedly abused her. One of them has spoken out, denying any knowledge of the party or the assault.
  "I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as 'P.J.' who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post," Patrick J. Smyth said in a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
   "I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh," Smyth declared.


  Papal adviser Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said last week that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s serial sex abuse and the way the pope handled it is a “private matter” that should not be treated as a sensational story.
  “Turning a private matter into a bombshell headline that explodes in the world and whose shrapnel does damage to the faith of many people does not seem right,” the Honduran cardinal said in reference to a recent report by the former papal nuncio to the United States.
  “I think that a management issue ought to be aired with more serene and objective criteria, not in a negative tone charged with very bitter expressions,” said Maradiaga, who is often referred to as Francis’ “vice pope” because of his position of prominence in the Vatican and his unparalleled influence in the Francis pontificate.


  The Canada Infrastructure Bank has asked the federal government for millions of dollars in operational expenses over the past year — even though it has announced only one project so far.
  According to Finance Canada documents obtained through the Access to Information Act, in March 2018 the bank requested a draw-down from the federal Consolidated Revenue Fund of $5,756,000 to cover operational expenses until the end of June. That followed an earlier request in August 2017 for $5,610,000 to cover initial expenses.
   The two requests amount to $11,366,000 to pay for salaries and compensation, administration, legal services, travel, communications, IT and other professional services. In August 2017, the bank also asked Ottawa for $1,381,000 to cover capital expenses; according to the documents, the bank is not requesting any more funds for capital expenditures at this time.


  The federal government spent the summer making $43 billion worth of funding announcements — aimed primarily at Liberal ridings in Eastern Canada.
  The size of funding announcements ranged from relatively minor — $4,000 for renovations to a Quebec town's recreation centre, for example — to major, such as the unveiling of Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy, $22 billion in spending already committed to federal programs since 2015 with no new money attached.
  HuffPost Canada tabulated funding announcements made by federal departments and regional development agencies from June 20 — after the House of Commons rose for the summer — until Labour Day, on Sept. 3.


   In a heated exchange between Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in question period Wednesday over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Scheer brought up the other energy project, which was cancelled last year.
  If the government really wants to develop Canada's energy sector and get resources to market "they will invite Energy East back to the table," said Scheer.
  While Trudeau initially deflected, he later said that in the case of Energy East, a private company determined it did not want to pursue the project because oil was at half the price it had been when the initiative was first proposed.
   A senior officer of TransCanada Pipelines when the Energy East project was conceived and developed commercially, writes: The Trudeau government should be stepping up to accept some real culpability for contributing to TransCanada’s decision to abandon the project, instead of resorting to various sophistries and distortions.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


  Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal ecosystem by gobbling up soft-shell clams and destroying native eel grass, a researcher said.
  Louis Logan, a University of New England graduate student, had the unpleasant task of labeling the crabs captured from Nova Scotia waters for the research.
 The crabs were in no mood for games. At a distance of 5 feet, the pint-sized brutes, which measure 4 to 5 inches across, assumed a fighting posture. Those that grabbed him were in no hurry to let go. "Any time I went down to grab one they went to grab me instead," he wrote in an email. One of them, in particular, would jump out of the water in its frenzy to attack.


  Blatchford, NP: Unfair doesn’t equal unconstitutional, and the judge who equated the two almost certainly got it wrong.
  So says Ontario’s top court, ruling Wednesday that when voters go to the polls in Toronto Oct. 22, they will do so in a 25-ward election.
  In other words, said the high court — albeit much more diplomatically — Belobaba got just about everything wrong: bleeding one Charter right into another which doesn’t even apply to city elections, equating unfairness with unconstitutionality and expanding the right to free expression with the non-existent right to a certain sort of platform.


  The shortfall in pilots and mechanics was referenced in an internal report recently published by the Department of National Defence, which also flagged underspending on maintenance for bases and other infrastructure, as well as reductions in annual flying times thanks to Conservative-era budget cuts.
   Conservative defence critic James Bezan suggested one reason the military is losing pilots is because they are being asked to fly older planes, including CF-18 fighter jets that are close to 40 years old.
 "If pilots aren't getting new aircraft, why are they sticking around?" Bezan said.  "And so, the idea of bringing in used fighter jets from Australia that are even in worse shape than the current CF-18s that we fly today, why would they stick around?"


  B.C.’s River Rock Casino has been called the epicenter of money laundering by international organized crime groups.
  Throughout the troubles, Liberal Senator, Larry Campbell has collected more than $800,000 in cash compensation and about $2.1 million worth of shares as a board director of the company that owns the casino, Great Canadian Gaming.
  On Tuesday, he declined to answer questions about whether his twin roles could put him in a conflict of interest.


  Sumaya wrote more pieces. Last year came an item headlined “Muslim on your premises? Never.” Complaining that her devotion to Islam is too often associated in Norway “with something negative,” she wanted readers to know that “I am not your socially constructed phenomenon. I am myself.” She insisted that her wearing of a hijab has nothing to do with obedience, that she is “not obliged to follow or like all the rules/norms of my own religion,” and that the Koran teaches all this. Which led one to wonder: does she really believe this, or is she consciously trying to present infidel Norway with a picture of Islam that makes this totalitarian religion look like Episcopalianism?
 Whatever the case may be, Sumaya has been handsomely rewarded for her slight, shallow, and (frankly) semi-literate writings.


    President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of the Carter Page FISA application and the public release of "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr."
  Rep. Nunes appeared on Fox News' "Ingraham Angle" Monday night to discuss what's coming.
"It'll be the 20 pages of the last FISA that was approved on Carter Page, which will have basically everything that was in it from number one, two, three, and four of what we think the American people need to understand that this is actually the insurance policy that was talked about in the Strzok/Page texts," Nunes explained. [Emphasis added]
   "A lot of people think that the insurance policy was getting a FISA warrant on Carter Page. We actually believe it was more explicit than that," he continued. "We believe it was actually that the insurance policy was specifically what they did that still is redacted that the president has said that he's going to declassify."


  The attorney for the Palo Alto, California, psychology professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were high school students said on Tuesday evening that her client, Christine Blasey Ford, is “not prepared” to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday for a hearing without a full FBI investigation into her allegations.
  Lisa Banks, one of Ford’s lawyers, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that though Ford is “prepared to cooperate with the committee and any law enforcement investigation… in whatever form that takes,” she is “not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday” and “can’t focus on having a hearing” after receiving “death threats” and “harassment” in recent days.


  In his homily during the daily Mass at the Vatican Tuesday, Pope Francis likened himself to the suffering Christ who was crucified because “the people were deceived by the powerful.”
  Speaking from Casa Santa Marta in Vatican City, "the Dictator Pope"* went on to say that his response to the “Great Accuser” would (continue to) be "silence and prayer."
  As most Christians know, Jesus was silent because he was fulfilling his purpose as the ultimate sacrifice for sin -- the perfect and without blemish "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world."
  Our "suffering" pope's purpose seems to be to take away the sins of his unrepentant prelates -- by not talking about them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


   “The thing I don’t like was the tactic of withholding money from health care, and then all of a sudden right now before the election there seems to be all this money pouring out,” he added, alluding to a series of funding announcements by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette for the renovation and expansion of hospitals, including St. Mary’s and the Montreal General.
   Observers credit the Liberal government’s austerity agenda — which included budget cuts to hospitals — for the fact that the government ended the last fiscal year with a $2.3-billion surplus. It’s in this context that the province’s economy has revved up as unemployment has dropped to historic lows.
  Such solid economic numbers should normally bode well for the re-election chances of an incumbent government. Yet Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have struggled in second place behind the Coalition Avenir Québec in a string of polls.


  A dramatic weekend pursuit through Vancouver has highlighted a potentially dangerous quirk of border security: Canadian border guards are not allowed to chase vehicles that blow through border crossings.
  “Our officers want to do the job; they are very frustrated by not being allowed to chase people running through the border,” said Jean-Pierre Fortin, president of the Customs and Immigration Union.
  According to Fortin, the epicentre has been the point of entry near Cornwall, Ont. Vehicles are known to bypass the customs station up to several times a day and, unlike in Vancouver, they’re not always caught.


 Toronto Sun: While lamenting the potential plight of killer whales, those opposing pipelines could collect hand-me-down rubber boots.
  That’s one of the things kind-hearted neighbours gave my family when governments and circumstances conspired to send our lives spiraling. Today, that spiral is just starting its descent for more than 8,000 people who lost their jobs.
  It was hard for us, but harder for others. Other families lost their homes, watched their trucks get repossessed, saw their parents get divorced and fall into alcoholism and drug abuse. The unspeakable also happened: people committed suicide. Terribly, that’s happening again: Alberta saw a 30% spike in people taking their own lives during the energy sector troubles of 2015 alone.


  “These are not exceptions. These are regularly occurring violations of the Prime Minister’s own promises and commitments to get rid of the reality or the appearance of cash for access,” Conservative MP Peter Kent said.
   “When a lobbyist can get up and close and [have] face time over a cocktail with a minister or the prime minister or a powerful decision-maker in the PMO, that is access that the ordinary citizen with an interest in public policy would not have.”
  Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch and an adjunct professor of political science and law at the University of Ottawa, said the Liberal Party’s two sets of rules depending on whether or not a lobbyist has donated the maximum allowed amounts to “cash for access” to government officials and violates the Prime Minister’s own code of conduct for cabinet ministers.


  In a bombshell move Monday, a rising star among the Trudeau Liberals crossed the House of Commons floor to join the Conservatives of Andrew Scheer, but not before delivering a scathing indictment of a government she accuses of failing the country.
  Rising in the Commons on a point of personal privilege, Alleslev slammed the Liberals for failing to live up to the promises made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leaving average Canadians to despair that “their tomorrow will (not) be better than today, and that their children’s future will (not) be better than theirs.”
  “My attempts to raise my concerns with this government were met with silence,” said Alleslev. “The government must be challenged openly and publicly."


   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears frustrated with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ “time management” in a leaked video clip that was taken during his meeting with several chiefs in Saskatoon last week.
   Trudeau, who was in the city for the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual caucus retreat earlier, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale were scheduled to meet with the 74-member FSIN at 8 a.m. last Wednesday, according to his itinerary.
   In the video clip, which runs for three minutes and 38 seconds and surfaced on YouTube Sunday with the title “PMJT berates FSIN Chiefs,” the prime minister appears to express frustration that the first portion of the meeting went long, leaving little time to hear other concerns.

Monday, September 17, 2018


   There is no evidence that high levels of total cholesterol or of “bad” cholesterol cause heart disease, according to a new paper by 17 international physicians based on a review of patient data of almost 1.3 million people.
  On the issue of whether cholesterol-lowering treatment lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, the paper said claims of benefit from statin trials have “virtually disappeared” since new regulations introduced in 2005 by health authorities in Europe and the US specified that all trial data had to be made public.
  They also conclude statin treatment has many serious side effects and claim that these have been “minimized” by certain trials.


   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has left more than $372 million meant to help veterans and their families unspent since taking office in November 2015, Global News has learned.
   The news comes seven months after an Edmonton town hall at which Trudeau publicly admonished some veterans groups fighting the government for improved benefits, saying they were “asking for more than we are able to give right now.”
   “Just last year, where they didn’t spend $143 million, they seemed to find $37 million to fight veterans for the benefits they’re asking for", said Gord Johns, the NDP’s veteran affairs critic.


Toronto Sun:  Hordes of protesters shouted to be allowed inside the Ontario legislature as provincial politicians held a rare midnight sitting to speed up the passage of a controversial bill to cut Toronto’s city council nearly in half.
   Protesters voiced their opposition to the bill inside Queen’s Park as well, heckling Progressive Conservative legislators with cries of “shame, shame” until the Speaker cleared the public galleries.
    The Ontario government, meanwhile, cited the need for urgent action in justifying the late-night sitting, saying passing the bill or urgent action in justifying the late-night sitting, saying passing the bill — which would reduce council to 25 seats from 47 — would eliminate any uncertainty surrounding the upcoming municipal vote.


   Toronto Sun:  The Toronto Police Service’s eight-week effort to reduce gun violence by putting hundreds of extra cops on the street during peak hours has wrapped up.
  “Millions of dollars was spent making officers who are already burned out work more overtime and there was absolutely no impact on the violent crime in the city,” Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack told the Toronto Sun recently.
   “Right now we have about 4,900 officers, about 800 fewer than we had in 2010,” McCormack said, adding 500 to 600 officers will have left the service for other jobs or retired by the time the 400 new hires hit the street.
   “The mayor and the chief need to … increase the overall number to 5,300 rather than just hiring enough officers to keep pace with attrition,” he said.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


  DUBAI—Saudi authorities are seeking the death penalty for three prominent clerics, rights activists and a government official said, testing the unwritten code that has kept the kingdom’s rulers in power.
  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father, King Salman, have jailed activists, businessmen and government officials as part of their efforts to reshape Saudi society and economics. But Saudi clerics have long been a power unto themselves, with fame and influence beyond that of others caught up in recent crackdowns.
  The jailed clerics are among Saudi Arabia’s best-known and most popular Sunni Muslim religious figures: Salman Al-Odah, who has more than 14 million Twitter followers; Awad al-Qarni, author of a best-selling self-help book; and Ali Alomari, a TV preacher.


There were times during a Thursday rally Barack Obama couldn’t help but talk about himself, even though he was supposed to be talking about other people.
There were other times he could barely talk at all.
During the Cleveland rally for Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton, Obama repeatedly talked about himself, despite the candidates sitting behind him.


   Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of U.N. Climate Change, made the astonishing claim Wednesday that nations are effectively “changing the weather” by following the measures established by the Paris climate accord.
  “By raising our ambition to address climate change. We are doing more than just changing the weather; we are building a better future, a future that is cleaner, greener, and more prosperous for all,” Espinosa said at a meeting with climate leaders at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel.


  • Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) describes itself as a "Greek nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis...." It has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the "nonprofit" with half a billion euros per year.
  • ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for "integrating refugees" into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition).
  • With the government of Greece seemingly at a loss as to how to handle its refugee crisis and safeguard the security of its citizens, it is particularly dismaying to discover that the major NGO whose mandate is to provide humanitarian aid to immigrants is instead profiting from smuggling them.


   Rex Murphy, NP: It’s good to see that here in the centre of our Confederation, the issue of our time is supplying the country with such explosive debate. The question of how many people should sit on Toronto’s city council has long lain dormant, even unacknowledged, as a — or even the — pivot of Canada’s constitutional health. But in the past week or so, Premier Doug Ford’s idea, so to speak, of trimming the number of simians approaching the typewriter has engaged more press attention than the NAFTA talks and Trans Mountain combined. Who knew that cutting the number of councillors that get to decide which downtown Toronto street next gets a bike path and a licence to open a hen farm could so threaten the Confederation?  Now to the troublous awakening of the notwithstanding clause (NWC). To his opponents, invoking the NWC is the most parlous moment in our history since the Plains of Abraham. By this enormity Ford has opened the gates of constitutional hell, splintered the rule of law, opened the floodgates to dread populism and dictatorship, and — blasphemy itself — shattered the veritable Mosaic tablets of Canadian citizenship (brought down in the ancient days of 1982), the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


  How did we get to this point? How did a government come to the conclusion that this kind of measure (a national ban on handgun ownership) would have any impact at all on criminal and gang related shootings in our cities and towns?
   THE BIG LIE … that’s how. In a recent Access to Information Request, ex-RCMP turned researcher Dennis Young uncovered the truth. Chief Saunders led Torontonians and Canadians alike to believe that over 50% of crime guns were domestically sourced – meaning that legal gun owners were either committing straw purchases, being victims of theft themselves or participating in the illegal gun trade.
  What a horrible lie to perpetuate to concerned, scared Canadians and voters. Of course, Mayor Tory, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, freshly-minted Minister Bill Blair, Wendy Cukier and the whole anti-gun tribe over at Polysesouvient were happy to relay that false information around the media and all over the internet.


   TransCanada has completed benefit agreements with all 20 elected First Nation bands along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route from Dawson Creek to Kitimat.
   The pipeline would feed the Shell-led LNG Canada gas plant should it go ahead, with TransCanada saying it’s ready to build.
   The project does face opposition in north-central B.C. from the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en people, which have been protesting the construction of all pipelines through its claimed traditional territory for nearly a decade. As part of the Unist’ot’en protest, a camp, including several buildings, has been built in the path of the pipeline.


Toronto Sun:  It obviously doesn’t take much to earn the prime minister’s praise if accomplishing nothing merits adulation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has been spinning her wheels while getting nowhere with NAFTA, showed up at the Liberals’ love-in-cum-retreat in Saskatoon last week to be lavished by Justin Trudeau for being “formidable” and “tireless” in her determination to get a deal that is good for Canada — all while asserting that no deal is better than a bad deal.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


  Ottawa has paid out just over $11,000 in duty relief despite collecting more than $286 million in the two months after it slapped retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports in response to U.S. levies on Canadian steel and aluminum, according to figures obtained by Global News.
  Canada Border Services Agency said it distributed just $11,184.35 since July 1, under the duties relief program, one of three programs meant to help industries negatively impacted by the trade dispute over steel and aluminum. Zero dollars were distributed yet under the duty drawback program.
  The final relief program is called the remission of surtaxes, and was announced alongside the counter-tariffs. Unlocking those funds requires the extraordinary step of case-by-case cabinet approval, a process that Ottawa hopes to get moving within weeks, Global News has learned.


Canadian workers and investors associated with the cannabis industry would be well-advised to “sanitize” their employment on social media or face a lifetime ban from traveling to the United States, an immigration lawyer says.


   Calgary Herald:   Two major Chinese companies and a group of Albertan Indigenous communities are proposing to build a new oilsands refinery and petrochemical complex in the province, according to a press release issued by consultants Stantec Inc.
  Beijing-based and state-owned China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., better known as Sinopec, along with China Construction Industrial & Energy Co. Ltd. and a consortium of Alberta Indigenous groups signed an agreement with the Edmonton-based engineering and design firm Stantec Inc. on Thursday to pursue permits for a new bitumen refinery.


NP:  Weir’s supporters in Saskatchewan, including a veritable army of retired MLAs and MPs who have signed an open letter, are treating the mess as a boss-versus-worker situation. Did Weir receive due process? Were the written policies of the party followed? Can the leader eject a member from the federal caucus at all?
On Tuesday Singh gave his answer: “I am not going to change my decision (to expel Weir) because people in a position of privilege want to intimidate me.” This is a singular thing for a party leader to say in the course of exercising an apparent power of unilateral fiat, whether or not he is serving the interests of justice or intersectionality. And it is … doubly singular? Can that be right? … for Mr. Two Rolexes to say it. He is a rich criminal lawyer lecturing a bunch of aged farmers, teachers and nurses living on a rectangle of dirt about their “privilege” — because they sent him a letter? How’s that going to play in Gravelbourg or Kamsack?


   If  Premier Ford ever needed proof of why rightsizing Toronto City council — from 47 members to 25 — all he had to was tune into their sophomoric, puerile, petulant and at times, downright moronic and phony musings about fighting for taxpayers Thursday.
   Not that Ford needs proof of the dysfunction (having lived it himself), but I dare say while watching them I speculated that if only they were as passionate, fiery and determined to tackle the city’s many issues as they are about fighting to save their political hides, the city wouldn’t be on the verge of turning into something many of us will not be proud to call home.

Friday, September 14, 2018


   Hungarian President Viktor Orban’s refusal to accept one migrant is where the rubber of national sovereignty meets the road of globalism. Orban knows exactly what he is doing. And he knows the consequences of this course of action.
The EU’s response is a symptom of a much deeper problem that persists due to its fundamentally anti-democratic structure. With the veneer of democracy here, calling for a vote to ratify a biased report on Hungary’s human rights abuses, 487 MEPs voted to pursue stripping Hungary of its voting rights within the EU, which is what the ultimate result of an Article 7 invocation would entail.
But this whole Article 7 nuclear option will become a nightmare for Merkel, Juncker and the rest of the sniveling, virtue-signaling backstabbers on Soros’ payroll in the European Parliament, all 226 of them.
  Because Orban and Salvini are the future of Europe, not French poodle Emmanuel Macron or Angela Merkel, whose power animal is the cockroach.


   Canada's ethics watchdog, Conflict of Interest Commissioner Mario Dion, says he would like to have greater powers to impose penalties against cabinet ministers and public office holders who violate conflict rules, including the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000.
    Questions about penalties, or lack thereof, for cabinet ministers who break ethics rules were raised following a ruling Wednesday that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc breached conflict of interest law when he approved an Arctic surf clam licence to a company that employed a family member.
   Despite the finding of conflict, no penalties were attached to the ruling and LeBlanc has so far not been publicly sanctioned by the prime minister.


G&M:  Governor-General Julie Payette has been frequently at odds with the RCMP over security issues in the first year of her mandate, from her decision to go jogging without informing her protective detail to the fact that she lives off the protected grounds of Rideau Hall, current and former RCMP sources say.
The disputes highlight some of Ms. Payette’s struggles to fit into the vice-regal role as she enters the second year of her mandate on Oct. 2.


    As America heads toward the final months of the president's second year in office, Trump
Derangement Syndrome seems to be reaching epidemic levels across the country. Those affected by the disorder are so consumed by their hatred of the president that they feel driven to attack him or anyone they deem to be in support of him. TDS was a huge problem shortly after President Trump was elected. It's becoming a serious issue again.
    For those of you keeping score, in just the past couple of weeks, we've seen a knife attack on a Republican congressional candidate in California, a threat of mass murder against supporters of President Donald Trump gathering at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., a GOP office in Wyoming attacked by an arsonist, and a conservative journalist going into hiding after receiving serious death threats.


Hurricane Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and continues to spread heavy rain and strong winds into the Carolinas, before kicking off an agonizing crawl through the Southeast into early next week, producing catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds.


   Identity politics kills. If there is any lesson to be drawn from the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, that is it. The city of Minneapolis was so eager to have a Somali Muslim police officer on the force that it hired a man who had been found incompetent to hold the job. Further, it did not fire him even when he proved that he was indeed unfit to be a cop.
   Fox News has reported that “the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond once put a gun to a driver’s head during a traffic stop and sometimes ignored calls, according to court filings indicating that psychiatrists and training officers voiced concerns about his fitness for duty.”
 Not only that, but “[Mohamed] Noor was flagged by two psychiatrists during a pre-hiring evaluation in early 2015. The psychiatrists said he seemed unable to handle the stress of regular police work and exhibited an unwillingness to deal with people.”


  Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, has announced that Italy is on the British people’s side in the Brexit negotiations, criticising the EU’s anti-democratic habits and desire to punish.
  “Now, there’s been a great effort led by Michel Barnier, who’s the chief [European] Commission negotiator on Brexit, to keep and maintain European unity, and yet you have said recently that you think — and I’m using your words — is trying to swindle the UK out of the Brexit that it voted for.
What did you mean by that?” demanded the BBC anchor, appearing to play the bloc’s part.
    “On more than one occasion in the past — don’t forget the European Constitution when citizens voted against the wishes of Brussels and they made citizens vote again until they got what they wanted — there is typically an attempt on the part of Brussels to punish,” explained the populist firebrand, who leads one half of Italy’s new coalition government.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


   Ivison, NP:  Has Chrystia Freeland given up hope of a renegotiated NAFTA deal  and resolved instead to use opposition to Donald Trump in Canada to ramp up domestic support for the Liberals ahead of next year’s general election?
   How else to explain her appearance at Monday’s Women in the World summit in Toronto, on a panel entitled Taking on the Tyrant?
   But how much good will is the notoriously ill-willed Trump likely to extend once he is informed that Canada’s global affairs minister sat on a stage while a video played comparing him to a rogue’s gallery of autocrats including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad?


  NP: Canada’s federal ethics watchdog ruled today that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc violated the conflict of interest act when he approved an Arctic surf clam licence to a company employing a family member.
  Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said in a report today that LeBlanc knew his wife’s first cousin was involved in the Five Nations Clam Co. when he awarded it a multi-million dollar license in February.
  LeBlanc was shuffled out as fisheries minister in July, the same month the government decided to cancel the license and start the process over.
   New Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in August the licence cancellation had nothing to do with the ethics issue facing LeBlanc and that he didn’t think LeBlanc had acted inappropriately.


NP:  TORONTO — Ontario’s legislature plunged into chaos Wednesday as protesters and most of the Opposition were ejected for disrupting the government’s efforts to revive a bill slashing Toronto’s city council nearly in half just days after a judge found the legislation unconstitutional.

Shouts erupted from the public gallery and some hecklers were led out in handcuffs as Premier Doug Ford argued he was protecting democracy by invoking a constitutional provision to override the court decision, which found his plan to cut council during an election campaign violated freedom of expression rights.

“This is about preserving the will of the people, this is about preserving democracy,” Ford said, citing his Progressive Conservatives’ victory in the spring election.


  The cost of Gatineau’s new hockey complex has just risen by more than $1.3 million, driven by a delay to study western chorus frogs and other environmental factors.
  Gatineau taxpayers will pick up the entire increase in costs announced this week, while the province and the private developer of the new four-rink complex will pay the same as they expected from the start.
  The city says delays in getting started, combined with inflation, have raised costs. The project has been delayed for nearly a year by provincial environmental requirements, including a study of the frogs in a nearby wetland.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


  G&M:  The wait time for a refugee claim hearing in Canada increased more than a third over the past two years, to 19 months, as more than 30,000 asylum seekers arriving via unauthorized border crossings placed significant pressure on the system.

Overwhelmed by the number of migrants, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has only managed to finalize 15 per cent of the 27,674 asylum claims made by people who illegally entered Quebec – where the majority of the crossings took place, mostly at a single location near St. Bernard-de-Lacolle – between February, 2017, and this June.

The resulting backlog has created a growing queue for any and all asylum seekers. Under the Supreme Court’s landmark 1985 Singh decision, all refugee claimants on Canadian soil are entitled to an oral hearing.


An environmental advocacy group is turning to the courts in an effort to halt the Ontario government's plan to scrap the province's cap-and-trade system, alleging the lack of consultation on the issue violated rights entrenched in law.

A legal challenge filed on behalf of Greenpeace Canada on Tuesday alleges Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government failed to consult the public on a regulation ending Ontario's cap-and-trade program and a proposed bill that would alter the province's legislative regime for tackling climate change.

The group said the Environmental Bill of Rights, legislation unique to Ontario, states that the province's residents have the right to a 30-day consultation process on environmentally significant regulations and legislation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


  South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered an estimated 1 million people to evacuate from coastal areas of his state as Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm. While Florence isn't expected to make landfall until Thursday or Friday, hurricane-force winds of 130 mph or more will start whipping up a deadly storm surge late Wednesday. The evacuation order follows a similar order issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who ordered an estimated 250,000 residents and visitors to begin evacuating the Outer Banks barrier islands.


  An email chain among senior Google executives from the day after the 2016 presidential election reveals the company tried to influence the 2016 United States presidential election on behalf of one candidate, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  In the emails, a Google executive describes efforts to pay for free rides for a certain sect of the population to the polls–a get-out-the-vote for Hispanic voters operation–and how these efforts were because she thought it would help Hillary Clinton win the general election in 2016. She also used the term “silent donation” to describe Google’s contribution to the effort to elect Clinton president.
     The four page email begins with Murillo claiming she and others at Google were engaged in non-partisan activities not designed to help any one candidate or another—only to undercut her own commentary in later passages in the emails by openly admitting the entire effort to boost Latino turnout using Google products with official company resources was to elect Clinton over Trump.


  Ivison, NP:  But with news the government will formally apologize for Canada’s 1939 decision to turn away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime, Trudeau has gone beyond merely apologizing for things that happened long before he was born.
  This particular apology is being used to justify and exonerate current (failing) government policy on migrants crossing into Canada from the U.S.
  Omar Alghabra, the parliamentary secretary to the trade minister, tweeted that Canada must reconcile its promotion of human rights globally with mistakes made at home. “We turned away asylum seekers without giving them due process and dignity. We must learn from our history.”
  The tweet provoked a storm from people accusing him of making a direct historical comparison between the Holocaust and the fate facing today’s “irregular” migrants.


 FP:  So, instead of backslapping Liberal politicians for their Trans Mountain support, Albertans and many other westerners view the federal government as ambivalent, even hostile, to the oil and gas sector, once they consider all the policies recently put in place. Westerners also perceive a distinct lack of fairness from Ottawa. Quebec, receiving gobs of equalization funds, opposes Alberta oil in favour of importing Middle Eastern oil instead. And while Trudeau seems unwilling to pressure B.C. to back off its anti-pipeline fight (and is still writing cheques for B.C. infrastructure), his environment minister has said Saskatchewan will be punished for refusing to impose carbon taxes by losing its $62-million share of federal funds for emissions reduction. The potential for major conflict is real.

Then there is the major hostility now brewing over carbon taxation. The Liberal government initially thought it had agreement for its carbon-tax plan from all provinces except Saskatchewan. That plan is now falling apart.


  G&M:  Premier Doug Ford says he plans to use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to overrule a judge’s decision that a law cutting Toronto’s council in half violates the rights to free expression and to elect effective representation.
   “I believe the judge's decision is deeply, deeply concerning,” Mr. Ford said at a news conference near Queen’s Park on Monday afternoon. “He’s the judge, I’m the Premier. He gets to use his tools. I’ll use every single tool to stand up for the people of Ontario.”
   Toronto Mayor John Tory vowed to fight the province's appeal in the courts. He said using the notwithstanding clause would be a “gross overreach,” and akin to “using a sledgehammer on a fly.”

Monday, September 10, 2018


   Say what you will about the politicized upper echelons of the FBI. But the front-line special agents in FBI joint terrorism task forces are doing what we pay them to do in terms of cuffing jihadists. They deserve respect and thanks.
   Collectively, the court records reveal the true motives, ideology, tactics, and methods of the terrorists. Unfiltered by the few media accounts of such cases, the unadulterated court records show terrorists saying exactly why they did it in transcribed testimonies from interrogations, sentencing hearings, and wiretapped conversations.


New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter says President Trump must follow through on his promise to bring American troops home, telling him to take them out of the Middle East and place them on the United States-Mexico border.


STOCKHOLM — Voters in Sweden made their views on immigration known Sunday in a general election that could strengthen a party with roots in the white supremacist movement if enough ballots were cast to protest an influx of newcomers to the historically heterogeneous nation.

The potentially promising prospects of the far-right Sweden Democrats had many other Swedes worried about an erosion of the humanitarian values that have long been a foundation of the Scandinavian country’s identity.

The election was Sweden’s first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants into the country with a population of 10 million. The number is far lower than the asylum-seekers Germany accepted that year, but highest per capita of any European nation.

Sunday, September 9, 2018


I truly am happy that the “Idle No More” protests have brought discussion of native issues to the forefront in Canada. Our biggest shame as Canadians is our racially segregated native population living in economic and social misery in our appalling reserve system under terribly outdated and racist legislation. We need serious discussions as a nation as to how to end this cycle of misery that appears to get worse year after year no matter how much time and resources are being dedicated to it.


  Regina Leader Post:  The problem, however, is we haven’t seen the independent report allegedly validating complaints, and what we have heard (admittedly, most of it coming from Weir himself) is that the offences cited have to do with “social awkwardness”, invading personal space by close-talking due to hearing impairment and, arguably egregiously, a loud argument with a staffer over the right the speak on the convention floor.
  Until someone produces something to suggest the allegations against Weir are about something much worse, what we are left with is the federal NDP and its leader banishing someone for a new standard of politically correct conduct that neither it nor anyone else can realistically meet. (Even individuals representing the hearing impaired are now coming to Weir’s defence.)
  And now we have 67 former Saskatchewan NDP MPs and MLAs — led by former Saskatchewan deputy premier Pat Atkinson — publicly condemning Singh over his handling of the Weir affair.


   NP:  Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s war with the elites has several fronts. He’s battling teachers on sex ed, environmentalists and economists on carbon pricing, transit boffins on light rail and most of the medical community on safe-injection sites. There’s little evidence Ford gives half a fig about sex ed, personally. But his aversion to “job-killing carbon taxes,” “streetcars” (as he calls any form of surface rail) and helping opioid addicts shoot up safely seems to be immovable.
 “I believe in supporting people, getting them help,” he said on the campaign trail in April. “I ask anyone out there: if your son, daughter or loved one ever had an addiction, would you want them to go in a little area and do more drugs?”
 “I’m dead against that,” he said. His government installed a moratorium on new safe-injection sites.


  Ontario lost more than 80,000 net jobs last month – a recession-like statistic – and the Tory government blames the Liberals.
   Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey released Friday shows while there was a slight increase in full-time positions in August over the previous month, the province was down almost 81,000 part-time positions over that same time period.
   The number of part-time jobs decreased by 93,000 over a one-year period ending in August.


 Bell, Toronto Sun:   What keeps the prime minister up at night?
  “There’s a simplification and a dumbing-down of politics and a polarization and a fearful populism that really does worry me,” answers the apparently not dumbed-down Trudeau.
  Kenney fires back. He’s known to have spoken a few well-chosen words in the past to describe the prime minister.
  “If Justin Trudeau is concerned about the dumbing-down of politics, that gives new meaning to irony,” says the UCP leader.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


  NP: Canadian tennis star, Eugenie Bouchard, officially became a resident of the Bahamas earlier this year. Long considered a tax haven, the country charges its residents no personal income tax or corporate tax. Asked about the story on the campaign trail Tuesday, François Legault, leader of Quebec’s right-leaning Coalition Avenir Québec, told reporters he didn’t like it. “I think we should live where we were born, where we learned to play tennis and pay taxes in our country,” he said.
  Despite his comments this week, the CAQ’s Legault has been criticized for hypocrisy on the issue. In 2016, Legault told reporters that Air Transat, the airline he co-founded in 1986, had never taken advantage of tax havens, but later admitted it had created a subsidiary in Barbados, though he insisted it wasn’t to avoid taxes.
  “Worse yet (than individuals using tax havens), it’s companies that register their subsidiaries in tax havens to circumvent paying their share of taxes, as has been done by Air Transat in Barbados while François Legault was its CEO,” said Nadeau-Dubois.


NP:  Ken Hill may well be the wealthiest Indigenous businessman in Canada. The 59-year-old lives in a world of luxury and comfort, often escaping his home on a reserve in Brantford, Ont., by hopping on a private jet to Las Vegas, where he reportedly stays in suites that cost between $4,000 and $25,000 a night. He has even partied with Rod Stewart, Mike Tyson, the Trailer Park Boys and Snoop Dogg.
  In 1992, he co-founded the world’s largest Indigenous-owned corporation, Grand River Enterprises Ltd., which sells enormous volumes of cigarettes around the world. The company has recorded annual sales of more than $300 million, and, as a partner, he takes home at least $5 million a year.
   Now, the wealthy Six Nations resident is fighting to hold on to more of his hard-earned cash. He’s taking a family law dispute with the mother of his nine-year-old son to Ontario’s highest court to fight to have his child support payments determined by Indigenous laws.


  Despite a deadline that has come and gone, the federal government is refusing to say which provinces failed to submit carbon-pricing plans to Ottawa by Sept. 1, and is reluctant to criticize those that have not.
  In an interview Friday with the National Post, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc struck a conciliatory tone in the face of mounting opposition from the provinces to the Trudeau government’s climate plan. The latest blow came last week, when Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley announced her province is pulling out of the federal plan in the wake of an appeal court ruling that overturned the government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have joined forces to oppose the federal tax, including through court challenges, while several other provinces have proposed climate plans that do not appear to meet the federal requirements.
  But LeBlanc, who took on his new role as Ottawa’s emissary to the provinces in July, insisted that provincial governments are “acknowledging that we need a concerted national effort” to fight climate change.

Friday, September 7, 2018


   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will pitch his government’s efforts to unlock private-sector money needed to help meet a set of ambitious United Nations sustainable-development goals as a key part of Canada’s bid for a UN Security Council seat in New York later this month.
  In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Canada’s ambassador to the UN, Marc-André Blanchard, said the Prime Minister will deliver the keynote speech at a high-level event hosted by Secretary-General António Guterres on Sept. 24, one day before world leaders convene in New York for the UN General Assembly. Mr. Blanchard said Mr. Trudeau will use his address to highlight the Liberal government’s commitment to help finance the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focused on ending poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change by 2030 – a cornerstone of Canada’s campaign for a Security Council seat.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


  The European Union is in the final stages of crafting legislation that will force big tech and internet companies to censor “extremist” content and cooperate with law enforcement, Reuters reports.
  The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms.
  In March, the European Commission told such companies that they had three months to show they were removing “extremist” content more rapidly or face legislation forcing them to do so.
  EU recommendations were sent out at the time regarding the speedy removal of all content including terrorist content, incitement to hatred and violence, child sexual abuse material, counterfeit products, and copyright infringement.


  A clearly fuming President Trump has escalated his fight with The New York Times following tonight's anonymous White-House-insider op-ed.
   Trump begins by questioning whether a source actually exists: "Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?"
   And then comes over the top by playing the "Nation Security" threat card, demanding they hand over the source: "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"


   As the North America’s public and business community wait to see if negotiators for the United States and Canada can draft a new version of NAFTA, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has also been busy talking trade.
  The Toronto Sun has learned the newly elected premier, who took office in June, has reached out to more than 22 American governors to talk about past, current and future trade. And he has talked to 10 personally.
  “More than a million jobs are at stake on both sides of the border,” Ford said. “Ontario does hundreds of billions of dollars in trade with the United States each year. Our economies and countless jobs depend on continued open trade and dialogue between our two great nations.”


 Edmonton Journal:  Last week, Notley spelled out three demands in light of the unexpected delay — an immediate appeal of the court ruling to the Supreme Court, a recall of Parliament to address the issue and better consultation with Indigenous groups.
On Wednesday, Trudeau didn’t specify whether Ottawa would accede to those demands and said his government is considering its options, including legislation and an appeal.
“We are also looking at what it would take to actually go through the steps that the court has laid out,” he told reporters at a morning news conference at NAIT.
“I understand how, after difficult years because of oil prices and the beginning of optimism about getting this important pipeline expansion built, this really hurt.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Caitlan Coleman says her husband, Joshua Boyle, deepened the nightmare of her captivity during their five years as hostages in Central Asia.
In unsealed court documents, Coleman alleges she was physically and emotionally abused by Boyle while they were being held by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.
“J.B. (Joshua Boyle) regularly threatened to kill me by setting me on fire,” Coleman says in an affidavit filed in June as part of a family court application to gain sole custody of the couple’s children


Over the coming days, foes of Brett Kavanaugh will attempt to portray him as hostile to civil rights. By now, these types of attacks have evolved into background noise, like the chirping of birds before sunrise. Whenever a conservative is nominated for anything, the chirping begins -- that thus and such nominee is hostile to civil rights, voting rights, minorities, and on and on.
The background noise has become so familiar, so tiresome, so worn out that you wonder why anyone bothers with it anymore.
And there you’d be mistaken. Chicken Little always sells papers. Or at least it sells copies of the New York Times, where headlines about Brett Kavanaugh become laugh lines. The New York Times published an op-ed by the permanently unhinged alarmist Ari Berman entitled: “Does Brett Kavanaugh Spell the End of Voting Rights?”


Calgary Herald: Fury mixed with hopelessness makes for a poisonous political stew. That’s where many Albertans are today, as last week’s pipeline rejection sinks in.

This is a truly toxic moment for the province: another sign that national projects can’t be built; further evidence that the federal consultation “process” (are you hating that word yet?) is a total flop; more months and years of selling cheap oil to the Americans.

One political result could be a fierce right-wing upsurge that will sweep the Notley government away next spring, and even the Justin Trudeau Liberals in the fall of 2019.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


  NP:  There are likely thousands more unmarked Holocaust graves throughout Poland and eastern Europe, hidden on roadsides, or in forests or marshes or fields. It’s a modern misconception that the destruction of the Holocaust was confined to death camps. Millions of Jews are believed to have been shot and killed by Nazi mobile killing units and their local collaborators, buried in unmarked mass graves throughout of the eastern European countryside. It’s what Rev. Patrick Desbois, a Catholic priest who is one of the most prolific searchers for unmarked Jewish graves, has called the Holocaust by Bullets. People were killed outside their houses, on the outskirts of their villages, executed on marches, burned in barns, found in their hideouts and killed by grenades.
   “What we know about the murders in concentration camps is only half the knowledge of what truly took place in the Holocaust,” Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Toronto, said in an email.


   This Labour Day, union groups are marking what they see as a milestone in their movement — new clout in the NAFTA talks that have unfolded over the last year.
   While much has been said about the declining power of unions, labour groups say they're playing a crucial, unprecedented role in the negotiations.
   Trade lawyer Mark Warner said, while the government kept the union leaders abreast of developments through briefings, he's not convinced they had tangible impact on the talks.

Monday, September 3, 2018


A lot of folks are asking themselves this question, and for good reason.
You see, China’s pulling resources out of the ground in Africa at an alarming rate. Not only that, Chinese people are pouring into the continent by the boatload.
That said, it’s not all “bad news.” China’s also started construction companies across Africa, created jobs, and built schools and hospitals.


   The Pentagon says it’s taken final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan.
  The move earlier this summer reflects the Trump administration’s dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s commitment to assisting the U.S. strategy for pressuring the Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary.


   Campers have for years parked their RVs at the Turtle Crossing campground along the Assiniboine River in Manitoba, without knowing that it’s situated on the site of unmarked graves of more than 50 Indigenous children who died at the Brandon Residential School.
   But Anne Lindsay, a researcher and former archivist with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, has spent nearly 10 years looking for and trying to identify the bodies. So far, she has identified children ranging in age from 7 to 16, dating back to the early 1900s.
   The work of Lindsay and others in trying to identify the thousands of children who died at the schools is a difficult one, in part because governments and churches have not always been forthcoming with relevant documents or have provided documents in poor quality.
   Compounding the problem is that school officials routinely failed to report the deaths to authorities, choosing instead to bury the children in unidentified cemeteries on school grounds rather than to send them home to their families. For nearly one-third of the deaths, no effort was made to record the name of the student who died. In even more cases, they did not record the cause of death.

Sunday, September 2, 2018


  Thousands of protesters staged a ‘mourning march’ in Chemnitz, Germany, for people believed to have been killed by migrants, following the fatal stabbing of Daniel Hillig.


   "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries."
   British fishermen are calling for Royal Navy protection after their vessels were attacked by French boats as they were out catching scallops in the English Channel.
  A fleet of around 35 French boats surrounded just five British vessels overnight, launching missiles including rocks and flares and ramming the smaller group, shocking footage shows.
The French are legally not allowed to fish for scallops in the summer.


   Pope Francis on Saturday issued a call to action against pollution, describing the state of ocean littering as an “emergency,” while the church’s sex abuse scandal intensifies.
  But fear not dear Pope, the Argentinian Bishops Conference has closed ranks around Pope Francis, calling recent allegations that the pontiff covered up a cardinal’s serial sexual abuse a “ruthless attack.”


Braid, Calgary Herald:  After winning 17 straight court rulings, the Trans Mountain pipeline lost the big one, and the whole deal is suddenly legally void.

This happened Thursday at the very moment Kinder Morgan shareholders were voting to dump the project on Canadian taxpayers, in return for $4.5 billion.

The Federal Court of Appeal panel of three judges rejected the project thunderously but also said the problems can be rectified fairly quickly.

Are they joking? It took them nearly a year to reach a decision with dire consequences for the Canadian economy and even national unity.

A Supreme Court challenge to the ruling, or further consultation with First Nations, will not soon be resolved. If these efforts succeed, they will then be subject to further legal challenge.