Tuesday, October 16, 2018

$3B MORE IN ONTARIO TAXPAYERS' POCKETS

  The Doug Ford government’s bottom line will take a $3 billion hit over four years due to the cancellation of the cap-and-trade program, a new report from Ontario Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman projects.
   Environment Minister Rod Phillips didn’t dispute the FAO’s $3 billion figure, but said that money went into the pockets of Ontarians who are no longer paying extra for gasoline, natural gas and diesel.
   “It was a $3 billion cut of a regressive tax that was targeting low and middle-income people,” Phillips said, describing cap and trade as a regressive carbon tax that didn’t achieve climate change goals.


JUSTIN'S JIHADIS

A Canadian, is a Canadian, is a Canadian. It’s one of Justin Trudeau’s mantras but I’m not sure how much he will want to wear that now that reports out that Trudeau’s government has a deal to take back more ISIS fighters.
According to The Guardian, the feds are set to take back 11 Canadians currently held by Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Among those said to be part of the deal is Jack Letts, a British born and raised man who left for Syria and to join ISIS in 2014.
The British policy for captured ISIS fighters in Syria is to let them rot in place. Britain has no consular services in Syria and tells all their citizens that they are on their own if they venture to the failed state.

BIG PHARMA VS GENERIC COMPANIES

   The ongoing feud between brand-name pharmaceutical companies and their generic rivals has taken an unusual turn, with Canada’s competition watchdog alleging some brand firms are trying to stymie generic companies by blocking access to their medicines.
  Health Canada requires generic-drug producers to conduct tests proving their cheaper copies act similarly in people as the original drug, meaning they need samples of the brand-name product.
   But pharmaceutical companies have “increasingly” been denying or delaying sales of their medicines to the generic manufacturers, the Competition Bureau of Canada charges in court documents obtained by the National Post.

LIBERALS CORNER THEMSELVES

   Accused in the House of Commons Monday of lobbying on behalf of the powerful Irving family, Scott Brison was defiant.
  The Treasury Board president responded to questions about the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman by saying his role is to ensure there is due diligence in the expenditure of public funds.
   But when Vice-Admiral Norman’s case comes to court next August, it is likely that Brison’s reputation will be dragged through the mire too.

AGRICULTURE MINISTER IS "AN ARSEHOLE"

  Ranald MacFarlane has apologized for calling the federal agriculture minister an "arsehole" during a farmer protest.
  Lawrence MacAulay, a P.E.I. MP, was in Pooles Corner on Friday to make a federal spending announcement when he came face to face with a protest by local farmers upset about Canada's new trade deal with the U.S.
  "Eventually Lawrence was leaving — my voice has a tendency to carry for some reason — and Lawrence turned and looked at me and I looked at him and I said, 'You're an arsehole, Lawrence,'" MacFarlane said. 

GERMANS REJECTING CULTURAL DESTRUCTION

   Merkel has hit the end of the rope: her catastrophic "immigration" blunder traduced German tradition, destabilized the social compact (very big in Germany), and has even cost many Germans their lives. And for what? The chancellor is, as usual, clueless:
  Merkel said the CSU had lost its absolute majority in the Bavarian parliament even though the regional economy was doing well. “This shows that even a good economic situation and almost full employment are not sufficient if trust is lacking,” Merkel said.
   And that's precisely the point: booming economies are great, but if the nation-state is threatened with cultural destruction, it won't matter how much Geld folks have in their pockets if their country is mutating and disintegrating before their eyes.

SEN. WARREN: THE AVERAGE WHITE AMERICAN

  The Boston Globe botched its math correction in its defense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) debunked claim of American Indian ancestry.
  On Monday, the far-left outlet published the results of Warren’s DNA test, something she has been under pressure to take after her repeated claims to be part Cherokee were debunked. President Trump regularly uses Warren’s false claim of Indian ancestry to ridicule the Senator, and now that she is eyeing a 2020 presidential run, she is hoping to clear this up.
  Unfortunately for Warren, the DNA test only proved she shares no more American Indian heritage than the average white American.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) launched a bizarre Twitter rant late Monday afternoon following the disastrous rollout of DNA results that further debunked her decades-long claim to American Indian ancestry.
   In her first tweet, and without any evidence, Warren made the outlandish claim that Trump “makes creepy physical threats about me.” The truth is that all Trump has ever done is ridicule her false claims about being Cherokee.

Monday, October 15, 2018

CLINTON DEPRAVITY

On Sunday, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued that her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky did not constitute an "abuse of power" because Lewinsky was a legal adult at the time.
When asked by NBC News' Tony Dokoupil, Clinton said her husband should not have resigned in the wake of the Lewinsky scandal, and that the relationship was not an "abuse of power."
"It wasn't an abuse of power?" Dokoupil asked. "No, no," Clinton replied.

CANADIAN ARCTIC SHIPS NOT DESIGNED FOR WAR

Canadians need to know that our new Arctic ships are not designed to go to war.  They are all sight and no fight, and do not have the capability to defend themselves against most air, surface or subsurface threats.
This was made crystal clear in November 2014 when Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, then commander of Canada’s navy, stated before the House of Commons Defence Committee that these new ships are “not being built to deal with the Russians” and they are only meant to provide a “naval presence.”
By way of armament, the Harry DeWolf patrol boats will be equipped with a single 25-mm machine gun which is designed to provide protection against small speed boats. So, it should not come as a surprise that the navy has designated these ships as filling a “constabulary role.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

OBJECTING TO BIG DOPE IN THE UK

   Just as modish elite opinion swings ever more swiftly towards legalising marijuana, shocking and undeniable new evidence of its grave and frightening harms comes to light. Which will win? Fashion, and the prejudice of the chattering class? Or common sense?
   The truth about this very dangerous and far-from-soft drug can no longer be hidden. As The Mail on Sunday reveals today, there have been more than 125,000 hospital admissions related to cannabis or similar drugs in the past five years. These are concentrated among the young. Just how ill did the users of this supposedly harmless drug have to be, for them to end up in hospital casualty departments? How many others suffered panic and misery alone and untreated?
   Yet this country faces a grim race, between a fanatical and sometimes greedy campaign to decriminalise marijuana at all costs, and the accumulating evidence that such a move would be an irreparable disaster.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT, TAKE TWO

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket will fly again and are provisionally set to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year, the head of Russia’s space agency said on Friday.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, was speaking a day after Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American Nick Hague made a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan after the failure of the Soyuz rocket carrying them to the orbital ISS.

BOSTON DYNAMICS ROBOTS

   Robotics company Boston Dynamics released a video of its humanoid Atlas robot leaping through a parkour obstacle course this week.
   In“Atlas does parkour. The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms, and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace,” Boston Dynamics explained in the description of the video. “Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately.”
   Boston Dynamics has previously demonstrated Atlas’ ability to pick up objects, open doors, jog, get off of the ground after a fall, withstand attacks from humans, and perform backflips. the video, Atlas can be seen running over a log and jumping up a series of platforms.

CLINTON CARRIES THE STENCH OF DEATH

  Several Democrats are saying former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is viewed as the “kiss of death” among Democratic candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections.
   The Democrats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, voiced concerns that Clinton’s presence would threaten the party’s chances at retaking the House and Senate in 2018, forcing Clinton to keep campaigning to a minimum and only appearing at low-key fundraisers.
  "Hillary Clinton is the kiss of death and she represents the part of the Democratic Party that led to historic losses and that elected Donald Trump president," one leading Democratic strategist told the Washington Examiner.
 

GOV'T THUGS SILENCING DETRACTORS

   From China to Saudi Arabia, today's authoritarian regimes are suddenly and covertly abducting people, including well-known figures and high-ranking officials, to be detained or worse. It's an old and effective tactic for silencing opponents, but those reviving its use may end up regretting their decision.
    From the military juntas that ruled Argentina and Chile in the 1970s and 1980s to Joseph Stalin’s iron-fisted regime in the Soviet Union, dictatorships have a long history of making their detractors “disappear.” Today, this sinister practice seems to be making a comeback.

ON YOUR VEHICLE ACCESSORY WISH-LIST

  The Pentagon has heavily invested in 2.75-inch precision laser-guided rockets that are usually fired from attack helicopters.
  But now, BAE Systems' Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) transforms an unguided 2.75-inch rocket into a precision-guided missile, gives warfighters a low-cost surgical strike capability, can be fired from ground-based vehicles or static remote outposts for base defense, said Defense News.

WHINING DISILLUSIONED TERRORIST: TAKE ME BACK

   His online posts were taunting, at times gruesome. He posted photos of ISIS executions and talked about playing soccer with severed heads. As ISIS was throwing homosexuals off rooftops, he said they should be killed. Following the October 2014 terror attacks in Quebec and Ontario, he gloated and called for more.
“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said. “Four years, I mean, it’s pretty much taken everything out of me. Don’t know, man. I’m not going home to do anything stupid or anything like that. I was never in trouble growing up, never got in trouble and I’m not looking to get in trouble once I go back.”
  The Canadian government may not be in a hurry to repatriate ISIS members like Ali following the uproar in the House of Commons last year over a Toronto-area man who said he had served in ISIS but had not been arrested.
  With a federal election next year, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may fear the optics of repatriating ISIS members when it remains uncertain the RCMP would be able to gather enough evidence to arrest them.

JOURNALIST DISAPPEARS; SAUDIS RESPONSIBLE

   Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.
   The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case, puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi.
   Khashoggi, who was considered close to the Saudi royal family, had become a critic of the current government and Prince Mohammed, the 33-year-old heir apparent who has shown little tolerance for criticism.
  As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

NOTLEY TAKES A SWIPE AT UNICORN RIDERS

Alberta Premier Notley, rebutting a scheduled speech made earlier in the day to the Alberta Teachers' Association by environmental activist Tzeporah Berman:  " Maybe on Salt Spring Island you can build an economy on condos and coffee shops, but not in Edmonton and not anywhere in Alberta.
"Here in Alberta, we ride horses — not unicorns — and I invite pipeline opponents to saddle up on something that is real."
Berman, who is also an academic and policy adviser, has come to symbolize the divisive debate in Alberta over how to balance environmental stewardship with its resource-dependent economy.
No one is saying shut down the oil and gas industry overnight," said Berman.
"What we're saying is 'Right now it's big enough.'

Saturday, October 13, 2018

CANADIAN OIL PRICE SINKS TO CRISIS LEVEL

  The blue-light special price for Canadian oil has reached ridiculous levels — and it’s getting worse.
  The price for Western Canadian Select (WCS) crude fell to just US$26 a barrel on Thursday, while benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude closed at $71.98.
  At one point, the price differential sat at US$52 a barrel, according to Bloomberg, and it didn’t get much better on Friday, with the discount closing at $48.50 a barrel.
  “It’s a crisis,” Tim McMillan, chief executive of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said Friday.

MICHAELLE JEAN: NOT AS SPECIAL AS SHE THINKS

  YEREVAN, Armenia — Without even her home country supporting her, Michaelle Jean failed in her bid for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie Friday as members chose Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.
    Mushikiwabo had the backing of France and many African Union countries going into the summit. But in a final attempt to sway the 54 voting members Thursday, Jean warned that rights and democracy shouldn't take a back seat to partisan ambitions.
    "Are we ready to accept that international organizations are used for partisan purposes?" Jean asked. "Are we ready to accept that democracy, rights and freedoms are reduced to mere words, that we make them meaningless in the name of realpolitik?"
   Three days after his government withdrew its support for Jean, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted the move was not part of a deal to advance Canada's bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in 2020

CLUELESS PM TRUDEAU

YEREVAN, Armenia — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested Saturday morning the incoming Quebec government's plan to raise the legal age for smoking cannabis to 21 could leave an opening for organized crime.
Speaking to reporters on the last day of a trip to Armenia, Trudeau said increasing the legal age could undermine one of the federal law's key aims — eliminating the black market.
"If we eliminate the segment of the population between 18 to 19 and 21 years, which is a population often in university, often in areas where they'll try to consume, we're keeping an important segment of potential consumers for the black market," he told reporters in Yerevan.

IN DEFENSE OF VICE ADMIRAL MARK NORMAN

   Norman’s lawyers claim Scott Brison, a Nova Scotia MP, is close to Atlantic Canada’s wealthy and powerful Irving family. Their shipbuilding firm had submitted its own proposal to provide a supply ship, which the Conservative government had rejected in favour of Davie’s bid. “It will be the defence’s position that Minister Brison was behind the effort to delay and potentially terminate the Davie agreement,” the documents state.
  The application names for the first time a federal government employee whom Norman’s lawyers allege to be the true source of leaked cabinet documents. That employee, Matthew Matchett, has not been charged with any offence and the allegation has not been proven in court. Postmedia was unable to reach Matchett for comment, and he has not responded to previous phone calls and emails seeking comment.
   But the application claims it was Matchett, then a civil servant with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, who first leaked the cabinet documents to a lobbyist, who in turn passed them on to Davie.

Friday, October 12, 2018

TRUDEAU EFFECT DRAGS DOWN CANADIAN STOCKS

   Trudeau and his ministers have made it clear they want corporations to become benevolent organizations that put workers before shareholders. They favour taxing corporations and the rich, and adding regulatory impediments and red tape to corporate activity. They are big supporters of income redistribution as opposed to making the pie bigger for everyone. They want to regulate the economy and nudge corporations to submit to the Liberal government’s social views and economic philosophy.
 Their policies take away economic entrepreneurship and wealth creation and replace it with handouts to every significant lobby and activist group. The Liberal government increasingly seems not to understand how people get jobs and how they get by, and how heavily favouring environmental issues stirred up by activists over economic concerns takes jobs away.
There’s an old saying that if you’re not a communist at the age of 20 you haven’t got a heart and if you’re still a communist at the age of 40, you haven’t got a brain. Canada today seems to be run by politicians in their 40s behaving like they’re in their 20s. Focusing only on the environment or on social engineering at the expense of working families is elitist. And Canadians are getting the sense that they are governed by a bunch of idealistic and dogmatic college students convinced they will save the world.

US SENATORS URGE TRUDEAU TO BAN HUAWEI

   Two influential members of the U.S. Senate select intelligence committee have written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to bar Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei from Canada’s next-generation 5G mobile network on the grounds the Shenzhen-based firm represents a significant security risk.
   These American concerns cross party lines. The pair are Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Senator Mark Warner, vice-chair of the intelligence committee. They want Canada to follow the lead of the United States and Australia in blocking Huawei from supplying equipment that will connect future smartphones to the internet and telephone network.
   “As you are aware, Huawei is not a normal private-sector company. There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party − and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion,’ is no exception.”

CROSS TO REMAIN IN QUEBEC LEGISLATURE

The crucifix hanging in Quebec's National Assembly is a historical symbol, not a religious one, even though it represents the Christian values of the province's two colonial ancestors, premier-designate François Legault said Thursday.
Legault made the comments as he defended his decision to keep the crucifix in the legislature while moving forward with plans to ban certain civil servants from wearing religious symbols.

RULING: NO DUTY TO CONSULT WITH INDIGENOUS

Canada's lawmakers do not have a duty to consult with Indigenous people before introducing legislation that might affect constitutionally protected Indigenous and treaty rights, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The decision will be welcomed by the federal government, which has argued such an obligation would be far too onerous and slow down the legislative process considerably.
In its 7-2 decision, the top court has ruled against the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta, which had argued that two omnibus budget bills introduced by the former Conservative federal government in 2012 affected its constitutionally protected treaty rights because they amended regulatory protections for waterways and the environment.

FRANK STRONACH SUES DAUGHTER BELINDA

Belinda Stronach spent tens of millions of dollars belonging to her family’s companies on personal expenses, according to a legal filing from her parents.
The allegation is one of many set out in a statement of claim filed Oct. 1 by Frank and Elfriede Stronach against their daughter and several other people, including Belinda’s adult children and family friend Alon Ossip.
The Stronachs are best known for their connection to auto parts behemoth Magna International, which was founded by Frank Stronach.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

MINIVAN LIBERAL WYNNE STILL KNOWS BEST

Wynne said she believes the Ford government is “systematically stepping back in time to a time when progress was only imagined.” Their policies to scrap the climate change, labour and education reforms that her government and party helped usher in are “irresponsible” and “short-sighted,” she said.
“It is very difficult to sit quietly in the legislature and listen to what amounts to obfuscations, if not outright lies, about what we actually did and what the impacts of what we did have been,” Wynne said.

SHE INSISTS SHE IS NOT A DANGER

   “I was just a person who went with her husband,” the Toronto woman said. “I never hurt anyone. I never shot anyone. I never killed anyone. I never did anything horrible to anyone. Just the fact that I went there, you know, that’s the biggest thing. And I don’t even know how to shoot a gun, I don’t know nothing.”
  “My country’s not doing anything for me. No one cares,” said the woman, who has three children, all born in Syria.

HUNGARY'S FOREIGN MINISTER POUNDS CNN

CNN has clashed with Péter Szijjártó, foreign minister to Hungary’s conservative-populist leader Viktor Orbán, on topics including multiculturalism, mass migration, and George Soros, over a wide-ranging interview.
 “I don’t understand why is it bad, or why is it unacceptable that we would like to stick to our history, to our culture, to our heritage, to our religion… We never judged other countries which had different policies; we never judged countries who said that multiculturalism is more valuable than a homogeneous society, for example… please, let’s leave it to [Hungary] to make a decision [about] whether we think multiculturalism is more valuable than a homogeneous society, ” he added.
  “We are faced with a phenomenon that when it is not the liberals who win an election, then it is immediately considered as not a democracy,” he explained — using ‘liberals’ in the generic sense of left-wingers, as the term is often used in America.

FALSE ACCUSATIONS RUIN LIVES

False accusations ruin lives and bring indescribable heartache. We hear a lot about rape and sexual assault victims, but rarely do we hear of the injustices and pain endured by those falsely accused of such crimes, the silent sufferers of cruelty and malice.
The confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have brought into focus a great divide in this country between those who choose to believe any allegation a woman makes and those who value presumption of innocence when a man is accused of rape. Many of us aren’t willing to discard due process simply because feminists demand it — we have experienced firsthand the devastation that follows in the wake of false accusations, particularly regarding rape, sexual assault, and molestation.

HILLARY CLINTON'S TWISTED VERSION

  Hillary Clinton told the far-left CNN that the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband were different than those against Brett Kavanaugh.
  The interview was conducted by the left-wing Christiane Amanpour. It was made up of 30 minutes of softballs that allowed Hillary to tee off on whatever she wanted (primarily President Trump) without any tough follow ups.
  The most outrageous moment, however, came at the end when Amanpour spread some breathtaking fake news.

UN SNIFFING GAS FUMES

The United Nations has declared that a $240 per gallon gasoline tax is “needed” to fight climate change. To limit global warming, the UN’s report says that $27,000 per tonne of gasoline will need to be stolen from the public by the year 2100.

BIGSTONE CREE NATION MIRED IN CONTROVERSY

An Alberta First Nation is mired in controversy after its chief and council recently awarded themselves bonuses worth nearly $700,000, apparently unbeknownst to the band membership until after the cheques were cut.
The Bigstone Cree Nation band council’s decision to take a payment from a band-owned company it controls points to problems with the band’s governance and could be unlawful, according to Sean Jones, a Vancouver lawyer practising Indigenous law.

CHARGES LAID IN HUMBOLDT BUS CRASH

   The owner of an Alberta trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been charged.
  The charges include failure to maintain logs for drivers hours of service, failure to monitor the compliance of a driver under safety regulations, having more than one daily log for any day and failure to have or follow a written safety program.
 “The charges follow an investigation that was completed by Alberta Transportation into the collision,” Mason said. “The investigation found multiple instances of non-compliance of various transportation regulatory requirements in a six-month period.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

THE USELESS UN

In a rare show of unanimity, Canadian Parliamentarians voted to recognize the genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. A few days later, the UN General Committee recommended including the “responsibility to protect,” or R2P, on the agenda of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
Only rights-abusing, massively-repressive regimes such as Myanmar, Syria and Venezuela voted against the General Committee’s recommendation. And rightly so. For R2P threatens states that fail to protect their citizens from mass atrocity crimes with various forms of intervention, up to and including the potential use of force as a last resort.
Despite this revolution in international law, the international community has failed to use the tools in our metaphorical toolbox, standing as bystander, if not enabler, to atrocity.

ONLY MUSLIMS ALLOWED



But as Loomer approached the entrance to the ICNA event on Sunday, she was stopped by a man in a dapper green jacket who told her the event “is free only for the Muslim community.”

With Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy by her side, Loomer persisted: “So Christians and Jews are not welcome to this event? Only Muslims allowed?” she asked. Another man standing further back intervened and confirmed to Loomer that the event was “only for Muslims.”
   Before the exasperated Loomer could say another word, the man in the green jacket reached towards the camera and tried to stop the recording, insisting “it is against the law.”
    Goldy, who had been silent so far, intervened to remind the ICNA official: “It is against the law to discriminate on religious grounds, sir. That’s against the law.”

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

KEYBOARD WARRIORS SUPPORT SJW ILK

  Hair salon manager Amy Wesselink says her life has been full of “non-stop, endless, ” harassment since former employee Jordan Hunt was recently identified in a viral video as a man who allegedly kicked an anti-abortion demonstrator in Toronto.
  Wesselink, the manager of Noble Studio 101, said the Parkdale hair salon and its staff have been getting “hundreds” of threatening calls, e-mails, Instagram messages and texts since Hunt was fired last Wednesday.

EXPLOSION AT NEW BRUNSWICK OIL REFINERY

. - Residents of a Saint John, N.B., neighbourhood that was the scene of a massive oil refinery explosion have been warned of possible "flare-ups" as the facility restabilizes.
The City of Saint John posted on social media Monday evening that emergency management officials remained on site to monitor the Irving Oil refinery as it came back online.
An explosion at the facility Monday morning rocked a residential area on the east side of the historic port city, sending flames and black smoke into the sky but causing only minor injuries.

IDENTITY POLITICS OF THE VIRTUOUS SHINY PONY

Unfortunately, no matter how much Trudeau virtue-signals his condemnation of these tribal divisions, it is impossible to overlook his own perpetuation of them. Tim Powers, Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies, one of Canada’s leading government relations firms, pointed out the hypocrisy in Trudeau’s politics in an interview with the HPR. “It’s unfortunate because he talks about not being divisive, but he’s totally engaged in [identity politics] … he just believes the identity he’s speaking to is the better one.” He offers a rather Canadian m etaphor to summarize the situation: “[Trudeau] is on the ice and skating around, hoping to score some goals.” Those goals Trudeau is hoping to score are mainly with women and the LGBTQ community, but he often achieves these at the expense of alienating other minority groups.

PM WILL PROBABLY PAY HIM A $ SETTLEMENT

  A high-profile Canadian member of the so-called Islamic State has been caught while attempting to return to Canada, Global News has confirmed.
   Muhammad Ali, 28, who left Toronto in 2014 to join ISIS, was captured by Kurdish forces as he tried to flee from Syria to Turkey.Ali’s case has placed the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a difficult position. Kurdish officials want to hand Ali and a dozen other Canadians over to Ottawa.
  However, with the RCMP struggling to bring charges against Canadians who have taken part in overseas terror groups, there is no guarantee Ali would face arrest upon his return.

Monday, October 8, 2018

POPULISM RISING

This is not quite the usual crowd that tends to fill halls of Conservative Party rallies in the big city. It’s a bit more baseball caps, black T-shirts and a few earnest Smithbilts; indeed, supporters have been bused in from Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie—even Edmonton.
Several are asked to put away or redact their bright red “Make America Great Again” caps. One complies by covering it with an “I love Alberta oil” sticker.

VIOLENT LIVES OF GANGSTERS

  For years, former Vancouver gangster Nabil Alkhalil fought to stay in Canada, his adopted country, after being threatened with deportation over a cocaine trafficking conviction.
  Then he disappeared in 2013, after his brother Robby was charged with the Vancouver murder of a longtime rival Sandip Duhre.
   Nabil Alkhalil recently resurfaced in Mexico, where he was shot to death in August in a luxury car dealership. One man has been arrested in the murder and another suspect has left the country, according to Mexican newspaper reports.
  Nabil, 42, is the third brother in the notorious crime family to die violently.

ANALYZING BLASEY FORD

   To understand Christine Blasey Ford, take a look at Palo Alto University.
  Ottawa University Professor posits that it was a career move for Blasey Ford.
h/t SDA



FLAMING HYPOCRISY OF DEMOCRATS

   While Democrats ranted about Kavanaugh, they re-elected a senate minority leader accused of domestic violence.
  And no, we're not talking about Keith Ellison here. This one's up in New Hampshire. Had a Republican Senate Minority leader in any state been charged with domestic violence, you would have heard about it and still be hearing about it.
  But it's okay. He's a Democrat. Democratic State Sen. Jeff Woodburn, of Whitefield was charged last month with simple assault, domestic violence, criminal mischief and trespassing.

POPE CALLS ON ST. MICHAEL TO BATTLE SATAN

  The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.
   In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back. He has enlisted the aid of spiritual big gun - St. Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise.
  Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St. Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

ELECTED TO IMPLEMENT A NATIONAL CARBON TAX

  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the laughable assertion Friday that he was elected by Canadians to implement a national carbon tax.
  Instead of listening to the public, Trudeau has decided to fight them and condescend to them. And the numbers are increasingly turning against him. Good luck with that.
 In fact, only British Columbia and Quebec are now outright on board with the plan.
  Yet Trudeau is still bizarrely claiming he has a mandate to enact the unpopular tax. “We have decided as a government, and Canadians asked us to do this in 2015, that we are going to put a price on pollution,” he said Friday.

TORONTO POLICE CHARGE SJW WITH ASSAULT

  A man allegedly caught on viral video doing a roundhouse kick and striking a woman in the shoulder during an anti-abortion rally, knocking her phone out of her hand, has been arrested by Toronto Police.
  Jordan Hunt, 26, of Toronto, surrendered to police on Saturday. He faces eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000 relating to the Life Choice demonstration last Sunday afternoon at Keele and Bloor Sts.

STATE RANKING OF OPIOID SALES IN AMERICA

Today, the opioid crisis in America has become a public catastrophe. Drug overdose, many due to the abuse of opioids is the new leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50, overtaking automobile accidents and heart disease.
What’s perhaps most shocking about the crisis, is its cause is widely considered to be the overuse and over-prescription of legal painkillers, namely Oxycontin. Today opioid use has expanded beyond prescription narcotics to illegal (and often times deadly) drugs like heroin and fentanyl.
Given the known risk of prescription opioid drugs, are their sales on the rise or decline America? And in which states are legal opioids sold at the highest (and lowest) rates and how does that compare to drug overdose rates?

BANKRUPT UNITED NATIONS BUDGET

  Having been accused of 'moral bankruptcy' by US officials, The United Nations appears to be heading for fiscal bankruptcy as, earlier this summer, UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned staff that the world body is running out of cash and urged member states to pay what they owe as soon as possible.

TRUMP: "ICJ HAS NO LEGITIMACY OR AUTHORITY"

During his address to the United Nations General Assembly last week, President Trump rejected the notion of global governance institutions purporting to override national sovereignty. President Trump called out the International Criminal Court, which “has no legitimacy or authority,” he said. The president vowed to “never surrender America’s sovereignty” to such an “unelected, unaccountable” globalist body. The UN’s top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, has just rendered a decision against the United States and in favor of Iran that demonstrates why President Trump is so correct. The ICJ judges ruled that some sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on the Iranian regime were inconsistent with the "Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights” between Iran and the United States, which was signed in Tehran in 1955 and entered into force in 1957. The ICJ disgracefully relied on this treaty to both assert jurisdiction over Iran’s complaint, and to decide at least provisionally in Iran’s favor on the merits

JUSTICE KAVANAUGH

  Brett Kavanaugh became the 114th justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, when the Senate confirmed him by a vote of 50-48, handing President Trump and Republicans a historic victory that shifts the balance of power on the Court.
  The Supreme Court has not had a conservative majority since 1934, when the New Deal took hold and the Court moved to the left, giving the federal government vast new powers over economic issues. The Court massive broadened federal powers over commerce, taxing, and federal spending.

FREAKISHLY IMPROBABLE DATA USED BY IPCC

Just ahead of a new report from the IPCC, dubbed SR#15 about to be released today, we have this bombshell- a detailed audit shows the surface temperature data is unfit for purpose. The first ever audit of the world’s most important temperature data set (HadCRUT4) has found it to be so riddled with errors and “freakishly improbable data”  that it is effectively useless.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

VETO OF TMX IS PUBLIC POLICY IN DISGUISE

   Almost all informed commentary agrees that the Federal Appeal Court’s recent judicial veto of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is an economic, political and constitutional disaster. The consequences of the decision, which the judges did not consider, are dire. Their decision puts at risk the $4.5 billion that Ottawa just paid to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline. It sends yet another message to future investors that it has become impossible to build any major energy infrastructure in Canada. It means economic losses as we continue to sell our oil to the U.S. at a discount amounting to $24 million per day. And it has rekindled the sense of Western alienation; the belief that no one in Ottawa — judges or politicians — either understands or cares about the Western energy industries and the people who work in them.

Of course, all of these negative consequences could be justified if the court’s decision was clearly required by the Constitution. That’s what’s meant by the legal phrase in Latin, “Fiat justitia ruat caelum”: It means “let justice be done even though the heavens fall.” Practically, this maxim means judges are supposed to enforce the law regardless of its policy consequences. The problem is that with the Trans Mountain ruling, no one can seriously claim that the ruling was actually “required” by the Constitution. The political and economic heavens might be falling, but not because justice was done. This entire area of law — which is really public policy in disguise — has been judge-made from the start.

CHARGING DRIVERS IMPAIRED BY CANNABIS

  With cannabis legalization less than two weeks away, police are highly likely to continue to depend on urine testing for the foreseeable future, officials said, despite the fact the government created a legal shortcut for laying impaired driving charges based on blood samples.
  Without blood samples, police cannot lay three new charges for drivers impaired by cannabis created under Bill C-46. The charges are based on the level of THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — found in the blood. Instead, police will continue to rely on older drug-impaired driving charges based partly on urine samples in the majority of cases, officials said.
   Drug-impaired driving is currently a major drain on court resources. A Statistics Canada brief prepared for a Senate committee earlier this year found that drug-impaired driving cases currently take about twice as long to litigate in court than alcohol-impairment cases, and are less likely to receive a guilty verdict.

Friday, October 5, 2018

LAKE ERIE SHIPWRECK HUNTERS' DISCOVERY

  Shipwreck hunters who spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of a schooner in Lake Erie in Ohio think it’s most likely a sailing ship that sank nearly two centuries ago.
  That would make the wreckage the oldest ever found in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
   But there’s a bit of debate among the marine archaeologists and shipwreck hunters who are trying to identify the wreck about how confident they are it is indeed the Lake Serpent that sank in 1829.
   So far, there are several signs that say it’s a match, according to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which on Thursday released the findings from its work this summer.

SWAMP CREATURES' WRECKING MACHINE

  Malkin:  How did we get here? The Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination circus didn’t happen by accident. The emergence of incredible — and by “incredible,” I mean the literal Merriam-Webster definition of “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed” — accusers in the 11th hour was no mistake.
    It is my contention that this grand unearth-and-destroy spectacle was planned, co-ordinated and facilitated by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats and their staffers.
   A fish rots from the head down. And at the head of the Senate Democrats’ Resistance Wrecking Machine is power-mad Beltway barnacle Sen. Dianne Feinstein. If the Senate Republicans can’t man up and take back control of the judicial nominations process from the saboteurs seated next to them, they deserve to lose their majority.

KASHECHEWAN FN SUES ARCHITECT FOR $11M

 G&M:   An impoverished First Nation is going to court to recoup millions of dollars it obtained through loans secured with the help of a Toronto architect who now stands accused of diverting the money to her own companies and alleged co-conspirators.
  Kashechewan, a fly-in community on the western shore of James Bay that is constantly being evacuated due to flooding, says Ellis Galea Kirkland – who took her own life this Jan. 1 – and a number of her associates obtained, or tried to obtain, loans of as much as $11,083,709.72 to rebuild decayed infrastructure and to build a new community centre.
  Even though most of the money was placed under Ms. Kirkland’s control in 2014, and millions were disbursed, a statement of claim filed by the First Nation in the Ontario Superior Court says “none of the defendants provided any goods or services, or any material value, to Kashechewan.”

CONSEQUENCES OF OUTSOURCING TO CHINA

  Canada's international trade minister quietly sounded out officials at the Department of National Defence last spring about how much of the content in the navy's new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships could be sourced back to China, newly released documents reveal.
  The unusual April request from the office of François​-Philippe Champagne, who was international trade minister at the time, was made as Canadian negotiators were struggling to negotiate a revised North American Free Trade Agreement with the Trump administration — which has become increasingly suspicious of the involvement of Chinese companies in the defence and high-tech sectors.  Champagne was shuffled last summer to the infrastructure portfolio. Officials who worked for him said Wednesday they were not sure what his request was about.
    Defence and intelligence experts find the inquiry about the warship components curious — and not only because of Washington's growing trade fight with Beijing.

PROVINCES UNWILLING OR UNLIKELY TO COMPLY

When Ottawa first said it intended to force a national price on carbon, in the fall of 2016, it was at a time when the majority of governments across Canada were Liberal or carbon-tax friendly. While several of the Atlantic provinces were lukewarm at best to the idea of a carbon price, they still signed onto the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.  A federal official speaking on background said the government needs to have all the reviews done and the plans in place by early December, if a Jan. 1, 2019 implementation date is to be met.
  Now, the list of provinces unwilling or unlikely to comply with the Liberals' carbon pricing plans is growing.  Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, have rejected carbon pricing; most likely both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will be found lacking in their plans. Newfoundland has not presented a plan yet, and Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade regime may not meet the Liberals' requirements.
   Alberta will be fine for Jan. 1 but Premier Rachel Notley is no longer committing to raising her province's carbon price in line with federal requirements because she is irritated that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in limbo. Regardless, if Notley loses the Alberta election next year to United Conservative Party under Jason Kenney, he intends to kill the carbon tax in that province entirely. 

CALLING BS ON CARBON TAX-&-DIVIDEND PLAN

   Ross McKitrick: Think for a moment about what the report’s model implies. Suppose the federal government imposes a carbon tax on households and businesses, then rebates the money just to households. On average, every household would get a bigger rebate than their tax bill, because the system creates a net transfer from businesses to households. The assumption, in much of the media coverage and the report’s promotional rhetoric, is that this means nearly all households would be better off. Hooray! The policy would become a source of economic growth and increased net income.
  But if that’s true, why stop at carbon taxes? Let’s impose lots of new taxes on businesses and rebate the money to households. With each new tax-rebate system we’d see a net increase in household income, making the economy better off. And we could engineer unlimited economic growth. What’s not to like?
  It should be intuitively clear that this couldn’t work. New taxes on businesses drive away jobs and investment. Plenty of work by tax policy analysts clearly shows this is a risk for Canada. So why does the Clean Prosperity report’s model say otherwise?

LOWERING ELECTRICITY PRICES IN ONTARIO

  Ontario’s implementation of the Green Energy Act (GEA) has resulted in high electricity costs across the province. The centerpiece of the act includes a schedule of subsidized electricity purchase contracts called Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs), that provide long-term guarantees of above-market rates to generators of renewable sources (wind, solar, bio-energy, and some hydro).
  In order to fund FIT contracts and other system costs that are not recovered from wholesale electricity market earnings (including the costs of conservation programs, gas-capacity expansion, and nuclear-power refurbishment programs), Ontario levied a surcharge on electricity prices called the Global Adjustment (GA). Between 2008 and 2017, the GA grew from under one cent per kWh to about 10 cents, causing a drastic increase in electricity prices. Therefore, the key to lowering electricity prices in Ontario is to reduce the GA.
  In this study, we break the GA down into its components to better understand the cause of the drastic increase and thereby provide some specific recommendations on how to lower electricity costs.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

PUTIN'S CYBER WARRIORS CAUGHT

  Britain, America and the Netherlands today launched a carefully coordinated fightback against Putin's army of hackers as the scale of Russia's global cyber warfare was laid bare.
  First, the UK accused Russia's GRU intelligence agency of being behind hacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), transport systems in Ukraine and democratic elections, such as the 2016 US presidential race.
  Then, Dutch authorities revealed they had caught a team of Kremlin agents rigging up computers, phones and an antenna in the boot of a car to try and hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague.
  Then, this afternoon, the US Justice Department announced it has charged seven Russian military intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations.

CRUMBLING CREDIBILITY OF BLASEY FORD

Breitbart News has already gone into great detail to lay out the facts that unravel the allegations Christine Blasey Ford andDeborah Ramirez made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Since these individual reports, Ford’s story has continued to crumble.

GENEROUS TRUDEAU LIBERALS

  The federal government is actively considering gifting the Trans Mountain pipeline to First Nations groups, Postmedia has heard from multiple sources.
  “The possibility of giving the pipeline to First Nations (or at least a share of Trans Mountain) has come up at cabinet level,” a senior Liberal government source told Postmedia on Tuesday.
 How the deal would unfold is that a part or all of the pipeline would be placed in a trust that would then use the proceeds to fund First Nations projects.

MORALLY OUTRAGED? YOU'RE AN AMBULANCE CHASER

  MPs were asked to vote on a Conservative motion denouncing the fact that McClintic has been moved from a secure prison facility to a healing lodge with no fence and with children present.
  Trudeau couldn’t do it. In fact, when the time came for MPs to vote, Trudeau bailed.
He didn’t stay and stand for the vote, he voted on the bill immediately before this and left, so no record of his cowardice is on file.
  That said, he did stop for the cameras on the way out of the House of Commons, denouncing the Conservatives as “ambulance chasers” for focusing on this story.

SWIMMING SEASON OVER IN NWT

  A massive outflow of heavy sea ice from the High Arctic has cut three communities off from their annual resupply barge shipment leaving household groceries, construction materials and municipal equipment stranded on the docks in Tuktoyaktuk.
  The ice is so impassable that Marine Transportation Services Ltd., owned by the Northwest Territories, will have to airlift more than 700,000 litres of diesel and gas to the community of Paulatuk to run the community’s generator.
  “This is heavy ice,” said John Vandenberg of the N.W.T.’s department of infrastructure. “It’s unprecedented and it’s come down vigorously and early.”

BRUTAL MURDERERS CANADA HAS SET FREE

  NP: Canadian public opinion has been galvanized this week by the news that Terri-Lynne McClintic, one of the murderers of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, has been transferred to a low-security “healing lodge” after only eight years in federal prison.
  Canadians would be right to suspect that this is something that happens relatively often. A Canadian given a “life sentence” for first-degree murder can expect to get out of jail in only 22.4 years, according to 2002 numbers from Corrections Service Canada. The Canadian justice system has freed serial killers, child murderers, mass shooters, cop killers, cannibals and even terrorists. Just as in the case of the transfer of McClintic, these releases have almost always occurred despite the fervent appeals of victims’ families.
“Our justice system provides unbelievable support and assistance to the offenders, and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the victims.”

FORD GOV'T FUNDS 1,100 HOSPITAL BEDS

  The Ontario government says it will be spending $90 million to fund hundreds of hospital beds across the province ahead of flu season.
  Premier Doug Ford says the investment will help the hospital system deal with overcrowding issues that have resulted in patients sometimes being treated in hallways and other unsuitable spaces.
   He says the funds will support 1,100 hospital beds in total — including more than 640 new beds.

BANNING FOREIGN FUNDS FOR POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT

 The Trudeau government is beefing up legislation aimed at making it easier for Canadians to vote and harder for foreign entities to interfere in federal elections.
It has sponsored a number of amendments to Bill C-76, including one that would ban advocacy groups from ever using money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns.
When the bill was introduced last spring, the government proposed only to prohibit the use of foreign money by so-called third parties during the weeks immediately prior to an election being called and during the actual campaign, known as the pre-writ and writ periods.
It is now proposing a blanket ban on the use of foreign funds at any time for the purpose of supporting or opposing a political party or candidate.

PALLISTER REVOLTS AGAINST CARBON TAX

  Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister did an about-face on carbon taxes Wednesday, abandoning plans to start charging a levy in December and joining other conservative leaders in flat-out opposition to federal plans.
  Pallister announced a year ago he would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. That would have increased the price of gasoline by 5.3 cents a litre and raised other energy costs. The federal government has said provinces have to enact a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022.
   "We're forced to either fight (the federal government) in a year, when they invoke a higher tax .... or to stand up to them now. We're choosing to do it now, not then, because we hope that this will give clarity sooner than if we wait."

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

"A COP'S COP" APPOINTED TO COMMUNITY SAFETY

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Di Tommaso as Deputy Minister of Community Safety, effective October 22nd,” Premier Ford said in an internal memo.
What he is, is a cop’s cop. He’s open to fresh ideas but not buzzwords or feel good stuff that sounds good but doesn’t work.
It’s going to be interesting to see how he helps transform policing in the province, which under the previous Liberal government has struggled in the areas of crime, drugs, gangs, shootings, murder and violence.

LNG PLANT FOR KITIMAT; GREENIES PUCKERING

  VICTORIA — The prospect of billions of dollars in liquefied natural gas revenues has British Columbia's government preparing for a political and environmental juggling act as Premier John Horgan attempts to hold together his minority government while appeasing ever watchful climate guardians.
   Horgan said LNG Canada's decision to build a $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C. ranked on the historic scale of a "moon landing," emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province.
  Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal energy minister Rich Coleman and Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, a former Haisla Nation chief and early LNG backer in Kitimat, were present at the signing ceremony with Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives from the five international energy giants behind the LNG Canada project.

LEGAULT VOWS TO KEEP HIS PROMISES

  The day after a momentous election victory in which he re-drew Quebec's political map, Premier-designate Francois Legault sought on Tuesday to reassure Quebecers and other Canadians uncertain what to expect from his government.
    He said he wants to build a "strong Quebec inside Canada" and to reduce Quebec's dependence on equalization payments from the federal government.
   The Coalition leader told reporters he has no intention of softening his controversial campaign promises to reduce annual immigration to Quebec and institute language and values tests for recent arrivals. And he said he would invoke the notwithstanding clause if necessary to override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and ensure public officials in positions of authority wear no religious symbols.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

CHINA'S ECONOMY SLUMPS

China's Shadow-banking system is collapsing (and with its China's economic-fuel - the credit impulse), it's equity market has become a slow-motion train-wreck, its economic data has been serially disappointing for two years, and its bond market is starting to show signs of serious systemic risk as corporate defaults in 2018 hit a record high.

HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT RE DAYCARE

   “Asylum seekers file human rights complaint over lack of access to Quebec subsidized day care: Without access to advance tax credits, claimants say they’ll have to stay home to care for children.”
   The story is about a Haitian family who came to Canada and filed a refugee application in July 2017.
   For those who allegedly fled war and persecution, the idea that government subsidized day care is a “human right” seems absurd. But that is exactly what this family is arguing.
    “It’s a matter of human rights, it’s a matter of equal chances, equality for the children,” said the couple’s activist lawyer.

CRA SUSPENDS & FINES ISLAMIC CHARITY

A major Canadian Islamic organization has been suspended and fined by federal charities regulators following an audit that raised concerns it had “provided resources” that may have been used to support to armed militancy.
The Canada Revenue Agency said it had suspended the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year effective Sept. 12 and ordered the Mississauga-based charity to pay a $550,000 penalty.
Government auditors alleged ISNA-Canada had “failed to conduct any meaningful due diligence” when it transferred $136,000 to the war-torn Kashmir region, where the militant Hizbul Muhajideen has been fighting Indian troops.

QUEBEC ELECTION HAS CAQ MAJORITY

   François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) will form the next majority government in Quebec, marking a first victory for the party and a stunning defeat for the Liberals.
   Standing on stage, a beaming Legault told the ecstatic crowd that Quebecers chose hope by electing a new government and ousting the Liberals. 
  “Today we made history,” Legault said. “Today many Quebecers set aside a debate that divided us for 50 years.”

Monday, October 1, 2018

CANADA HAS BEEN PLAYED

Trudeau talked about a free trade network now in place “from Singapore to Kiev”, helping to push merchandise trade to the highest levels in history. But, not to put too fine a point on it, Canada has been played.
Donald Trump used what he called “the power of tariffs” to bully his trading partners into capitulation. He made clear his intent to pull investment back into the U.S. and, despite his eccentricities, has managed to do exactly that.
We are now in a new era of managed trade, where the U.S. has the ability to cap Canada’s growth.

CONSEQUENCES OF CANCELLING CARDING

   And many police sources maintain the ongoing lack of community engagement — amplified by the disbanding of the proactive TAVIS program — has emboldened criminals and is a major reason gun violence is heating up across the GTA.
  Homicides at 81 this year are headed toward a new record in Toronto, 42 of them gun murders — almost double the rate seen in 2013.
Shootings are up more than 130% from just a few years ago and with three months remaining in 2018 the city is expected to smash its all-time record high of 89 homicides set back in 1991.

ALL STYLE, NO SUBSTANCE - TRUDEAU'S PERFECT FIT

  Before he hurried back to Ottawa to defend his government — fairly ineffectively — against a battering in the House of Commons, Canada’s prime minister was at the United Nations in New York doing something he’s good at: schmoozing, shaking hands and being generally cheerful.
  His goal was to win support for a vote that won’t happen until 2021, three years down the road. The vote is for a two-year stint in one of the temporary seats on the UN Security Council. Asked at his closing press conference for “something tangible” Canada would do with the seat, he responded that “one of the things we’ve seen is there’s an appetite for Canada’s approach and Canada’s solutions in growing the middle class, and promoting diversity as a strength.”
    Watching audience pining for a show of leadership, Canada’s prime minister was preoccupied with a temporary seat to be decided at a time he might no longer be prime minister, on a council whose five permanent members hold a veto that makes the other 10 members little more than interested observers. If there is a more acute example of the Trudeau government’s preoccupation with symbolism over action, and style over substance, it’s hard to imagine.

TAKE THE PAYCHECK? DO THE JOB.

  Governor General Julie Payette says the criticism she is facing at the end of her first year in office is a natural course of events and in a memo to her staff she says they shouldn’t let the critics get them down.
  “As you know, a number of recent news stories and commentaries have portrayed an unfavourable image of our work at the beginning of this mandate,” Payette wrote in an email to all Rideau Hall employees on Sept. 27.
“I sincerely regret if this has affected you and it shouldn’t in any way negatively impact the pride you take in your work and in being part of this office. Though not without challenges, the past year has been extraordinary. I am very proud of all we have achieved together to date and it is a privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of people.”
But some insiders are questioning what exactly Payette thinks she has achieved as she gets set to mark one year on the job on October 2, and their concerns are spilling into the public realm and media.

SUPERVISION & RESTRICTIONS AT HEALING LODGE

  The head of a women's healing lodge in Edmonton is defending both the safety and effectiveness of Canada's nine Indigenous healing lodges, in the wake of outrage over the relocation of convicted murderer Terri-Lynne McClintic to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.
   "It's not a get-out-of-jail-free pass to come here," said Claire Carefoot, executive director of the Buffalo Sage Wellness House, a 28-bed urban facility that houses minimum-security inmates who have committed crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery.
  "We have the same kind of supervision and restrictions they have in a prison. Only we're doing it in a healing way."
   McClintic is serving a life sentence for the gruesome murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford in 2009. She was transferred from an Ontario medium-security prison to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, which is designed to rehabilitate offenders and has no fences.

NEW TRADE DEAL SIGNED

  Canada and the U.S. ended weeks of intense bargaining Sunday with a last-minute trade deal that gives American farmers major new access to the dairy market here, but preserves a dispute-resolution system the United States wanted killed.
It is to be renamed USMCA – United States Mexico Canada Agreement – after President Donald Trump said the name NAFTA had “bad connotations.”
The officials highlighted in particular that the U.S. had won a “substantial” increase in access to the Canadian dairy market, and that Canada had agreed to end the “class-seven” milk program that undercut American sales of a special dried-milk product.
  But Canada appeared to score a significant victory, as well, with the U.S. agreeing to keep intact the chapter-19 mechanism for resolving disputes over anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties, which American negotiators felt undermined the autonomy of their courts.