Sunday, July 21, 2019

THE WEASEL RETURNS

   Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s best friend and closest political advisor, is returning to the Liberal fold as a senior political strategist for the Oct. 21 federal election.
  This according to a CBC report on Saturday.
  With respect, it’s hard to believe Butts was ever out of the Liberal fold, from the moment he resigned as Trudeau’s all-powerful principal secretary on Monday, Feb. 18, at the height of the Lavscam scandal.

  The butt-kissing CBC version of the same story: " His return is also a significant part of the Liberal band getting back together in the hopes of recording a follow-up to their smashing breakthrough in 2015"

RULING ON TURN OFF THE TAPS BILL

 A Calgary judge has denied British Columbia's attempt to block Alberta legislation that would allow that province to stop oil shipments to the coast.
In a decision released Friday on the so-called Turn Off the Taps bill, Queen's Bench Justice Robert Hall said that B.C. doesn't have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.
"The only parties with standing to bring this action in this court are the (Attorney General of Alberta) and the (Attorney General of Canada)," Hall wrote in his decision.

Friday, July 19, 2019

NAMING THE SEX OFFENDER'S ASSOCIATES

As the Jeffrey Epstein case continues to unfold, a laundry list of celebrities, business magnates and socialites who have flown anywhere near the registered sex offender's orbit are now tainted with pedo-polonium. Many of them, such as Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Victoria's Secret boss Les Wexner have sought to distance themselves from Epstein and his activities - however their attempts have fallen on deaf ears considering their extensive ties to the pedophile.

ONTARIO'S IRRATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM

The architecture of Ontario’s public education system is a wonder to behold. The province has four types of publicly funded school boards, but only one is accessible to anyone — and all of them are straying from their core mandate.

Ontario has a Catholic school system, but it’s not just for Catholics. School boards looking for more students and the grants they bring can and do accept non-Catholics. French school boards accept large numbers of people not legally entitled to French education, for the same reasons.

One might think the primary job of the English public school boards would to offer instruction in English, since that is the mother tongue of nearly 70 per cent of the Ontario population. Instead, English instruction is falling into disfavour. In Ottawa, more than half the elementary students in the public school board are enrolled in French immersion.

TRIBUNAL HELD OVER BRAZILIAN WAXING

   A B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing devolved into repeated outbursts and name-calling this week as it considered a transgender woman’s complaint that a home-based salon discriminated against her by denying her a Brazilian wax.
    At one point, the complainant compared the business owner to a neo-Nazi. The lawyer for the business owner accused the complainant of engaging in “half-truths and fabrications.” Tribunal adjudicator Devyn Cousineau frequently had to interject to maintain decorum and to keep the hearing from careening off course.
    The complaint heard Wednesday is one of more than a dozen filed by Yaniv, who describes herself as a digital marketing expert and LGBTQ activist. All allege she was the subject of discrimination by salons. A few complaints have been settled without hearing or withdrawn.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

SANCTIMONIOUS AND TWO-FACED

But just as Omar’s virtues may not be quite as impeccable as they appear, Trudeau’s virtues don’t always hold up under close scrutiny, either. Responding to Trump’s cunningly devised attack on the Squad by claiming it’s “not how we do things in Canada,” and that a “Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” is hard to square with Trudeau’s near silence on the recently-adopted Quebec law, aimed almost entirely at Muslim women who wear hijabs and niqabs. Because she covers her head as her religious piety requires, Ilhan Omar would be prohibited from teaching public school in Quebec. So that, too, is “how we do things in Canada.”
   Trudeau is already too susceptible to basking in the flattery that well-to-do American liberals like to shower upon him, and the liberal American style has become so prevalent in Canada that it’s becoming commonplace to imagine that Trudeau is somehow obliged to “speak out” about the gross excesses of the American right at every opportunity.
   But that’s not his job. It is up to Americans to get Trump sorted. The United States is a democracy, and on Tuesday, for the first time in a century, the U.S Congress voted an official rebuke of President Trump’s ugly commentary.

MOHAWKS SEEK $150M FOR SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION

A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Mohawk residents of an Ontario island face “systemic discrimination” as they are forced to go through a border crossing to access the rest of Canada.

The lawsuit alleges the Canada Border Services Agency and the Attorney General of Canada have turned a blind eye to illegal searches, seizures and detention inflicted on members of the Akwesasne reserve living on Cornwall Island.
A statement of claim says everyone going to the Canadian mainland from Cornwall Island must go through a port of entry, a unique arrangement it says is both “inconvenient and disruptive” for residents travelling domestically.

2018 CSIS PUBLIC REPORT

THE RELEVANCE OF OUR WORK

STATE- SPONSORED ECONOMIC ESPIONAGE

   The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) told Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in October 2016 that “foreign state actors” are adapting their methods to hide their involvement with — and in some cases, control over — Canadian businesses.
   In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada last December, CSIS Director David Vigneault told the crowd that the agency has seen state-sponsored economic espionage “across many sectors of our economy.”
  “Hostile foreign intelligence services or people who are working with the tacit or explicit support of foreign states gather political, economic, commercial, or military information through clandestine means here in Canada,” Vigneault’s speech read.
 

EXTREMELY CONFIDENT IN THEIR OWN VIRTUE

Writing in an American context Joseph Epstein perfectly described the modern
Canadian Liberal mentality in a 1985 article entitled “True Virtue” in the New York Times Magazine.

He called them “people who are extremely confident about their own virtue and whose spectacular confidence nicely feeds their general feeling of superiority … if only you will give them the opportunity to demonstrate it … I think of them as ‘virtucrats’, for they are empowered by the unfaltering sense of their own virtue.”

He described a virtucrat as anyone “who is certain that his or her political views are not merely correct, but deeply, morally righteous in the bargain.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

EL CHAPO SENTENCE: LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 30 YEARS

A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., has sentenced drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to a term of life in prison plus 30 years for his role in leading Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. A life sentence was mandatory; U.S. prosecutors had asked that three decades be added onto Guzman's punishment.

One of the only suspenseful questions that remained Wednesday was whether Guzmán, who did not speak during his long trial, would speak in court in what's expected to be his last public appearance before heading to the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

"Guzmán told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan before he was sentenced Wednesday that he was denied a fair trial," The Associated Press reports, adding, "He said Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct in the case."

CHINA's HAND ON CANADIAN DRAGON BOAT PADDLE

A Falun Gong practitioner says the CEO of Ottawa’s dragon-boat festival ordered him to take off a T-shirt advertising the Chinese spiritual group, citing in part China’s sponsorship of the popular event.

John Brooman also threatened to have other Falun Gong practitioners removed from the public park in which the festival took place last month if they didn’t leave voluntarily, says Gerry Smith, a retired Nortel Networks employee.

His allegations are the latest indication of Beijing’s low-profile campaign to influence Canadian society, even as the two countries remain locked in a tense diplomatic stand-off.

NRC KILLER ESCAPES, FLEES COUNTRY

Turns out this was a long-distance getaway.

The 47-year-old — found not criminally responsible for what police alleged was first-degree murder — managed to not only escape the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, but the country, too.

“He boarded an international flight on the same day he was reported missing,” Toronto Police said in a statement issued Tuesday night.

MILITARY STABBER IS COLLEGE BOUND

Fresh off his big win at the Ontario Court of Appeal this week, college-bound military stabber Ayanle Hassan Ali has another annual hearing Wednesday before the Ontario Review Board.

Found not criminally responsible for his 2016 stabbing frenzy at a Canadian Forces recruiting centre, Ali is already cleared to attend classes at Mohawk College across the street from his Hamilton psychiatric hospital without supervision — a privilege challenged by the Crown but just upheld by Ontario’s top court.

What further freedoms will his legal team be asking for now, just 15 months after he was found not criminally responsible for his crime.

CANADA'S ELECTION GAG LAW

    Robson:  See, we’re in the “pre-election” period. Which might sound like there isn’t an election but is instead double-speak for it having started before it did. The “ins” are scurrying about handing out even more vote-buying money than usual and the “outs” are putting out even angrier press releases than usual (not about vote-buying, about them not being the ones doing it). And the “election gag law” that clears all you rubbish citizens out of the politicians’ way once the writ is dropped is already kicking in.

You can still discuss issues until the campaign starts. But not politicians. And not loudly. Before presuming to speak up, you must register, reveal details of all your donors, then stick to tight spending limits anyway.

The government may be out parading their virtue at the Global Conference for Media Freedom. But at home they’re cracking down on “hate” speech despite the principles of liberty and practical arguments against censorship. Basically if it bugs them, they’ll nail you for saying it. And come to think of it, a lot bugs them, including shooting your mouth off during an election or near one. Who do you think you are?

MAY'S GREEN DREAMS FOR OIL & ELECTRICITY

   Andrew Scheer talks about an energy corridor. So do I, but his corridor is for pipelines and mine is an electricity grid that’s running 100 per cent on renewable energy. So there’s a lot of work to be done because we actually have gaps in our electricity grid: Quebec Hydro basically stops at Moncton, N.B., but it could reach all of Atlantic Canada.
   So you start looking at the pieces to make sure we have to have an efficient electricity grid running on 100 per cent renewables. That isn’t done essentially only by regulation.
    And for Western Canada, there’s an existing infrastructure that meets the needs of a domestic market. But we’ve been so conditioned by everybody in politics and in Alberta saying we have to get our oil to market. Well, there’s a market, and it’s Canada. Of course, our plan is not music to their ears in Alberta because the Greens are talking about quite a dramatic reduction in our use of fossil fuels. But Alberta has the best potential of any province for solar energy. It has enormous potential for wind power. And so replacing coal in Alberta with wind and solar is totally doable, and good for their economy. In the meantime, over time, bitumen can become the feedstock for a petrochemical industry instead of burning it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

UK POLICE CRACKDOWN ON FORCED MARRIAGES

Police across the UK began the first ever national crackdown on forced marriage at a number of airports on Monday as latest figures show a spike in children being trafficked abroad to marry family members or acquaintances.

The most common destinations are seen as India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Bangladesh.

A number of support charities have joined police alongside social and health services in working with the Border Force for Operation Limelight.

LIBERALS SPEND $3.33BILLION BUYING VOTES

   Since the House of Commons adjourned on June 21st, 2019, the federal government has given away billions of Canadian taxpayers dollars prior to the official beginning of the federal election (the writ period).
  True North has pored over federal government funding announcements from the period of June 21 – July 12 to tally the total amount of money spent by the government in the pre-writ period.
  In total, the Trudeau Liberals have given out over $3.33 billion of taxpayers’ dollars over 161 different funding announcements.

MYSTERIOUS FRI/MON FLU AFFECTING TEACHERS

Why are we not firing teachers in Ontario?
Those teachers and education workers, who are taking Fridays and Mondays off and saying they are sick.
Some of them likely are sick, but Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy reported that, “in June, as many as 21% of teachers were off sick on a Friday or a Monday.

PM's PROMISES MADE; PROMISES UNDELIVERED

Four years ago the Liberals came to power in part, based on promises that they’ve since broken, or thanks to pledges for progress that has yet to materialize.
From Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s troubled trips and ethical scandals, to reneged vows to balance the books and reform Canada’s electoral process, the last four years have not been without missteps. With Liberals heading to your doorsteps this summer seeking a second term, here are the ways that “real change” wasn’t delivered.

Monday, July 15, 2019

WAR ZONES IN SWEDEN

  In 2017, a Swedish police report, "Utsatta områden 2017" ("Vulnerable Areas 2017") showed that there are 61 such areas -- also known as no-go zones -- in Sweden. They encompass 200 criminal networks, consisting of an estimated 5,000 criminals. Most of the inhabitants are non-Western immigrants and their descendants.

  In March, the Swedish National Forensic Centre estimated that since 2012, the number of shootings classified as murder or attempted murder had increased by almost 100 percent.

IRAN UNDETERRED BY EU SANCTIONS

As the "tanker wars" continue Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday that Iran plans to continue its oil exports "under any conditions".
Zarif also repeated Iranian demands for the UK to release the Grace 1 oil tanker, seized over a week ago after it was boarded by Royal Marines off Gibraltar. It had been carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil and was alleged to have been bound for Syria, in violation of EU sanctions; however, Tehran has accused the UK of fundamentally doing the United States' bidding. 
Crew members of the Grace 1 were being interviewed and questioned as to the nature of the voyage, and whether they intended to violate EU sanctions on Syria — which it appears they were given the ship had gone all the way around the south of Africa from the gulf instead of the usual route of the Suez canal, something which had raised suspicions. 

CHINESE RESEARCHER ESCORTED FROM LAB

A researcher with ties to China was recently escorted out of the National Microbiology Lab (NML) in Winnipeg amidst an RCMP investigation into what's being described as a possible "policy breach."
Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada's only level-4 lab on July 5, CBC News has learned. The students didn't speak much English and kept to themselves in a group. 
A Level 4 virology facility is a lab equipped to work with the most serious and deadly human and animal diseases. That makes the Arlington Street lab one of only a handful in North America capable of handling pathogens requiring the highest level of containment, such as Ebola.

CFIA FLAGS 900 CONTAMINATED FOODS FROM CHINA

 Canadian inspectors intercepted nearly 900 food products from China over concerns about faulty labels, unmentioned allergens and harmful contaminants that included glass and metal between 2017 and early 2019, according to internal federal records.
The document provides an inside look at imports from China that caught the attention of officials for appearing to fall short of Canadian standards — from gum balls with "extraneous" metal, to three-minute chow mein that contained an insect, to spicy octopus feet flagged for a "non-specific hazard."
Its release comes at a time of significant public interest in Canada about cross-border food inspections, especially those involving China.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

ALBERTA COMPANY TURNS TRASH INTO DIESEL

    Corbella:   The saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure has never been more true.

   In what is being described as “game-changing technology that will save the world and its climate,” Cielo Waste Solutions Corp., an Alberta company located just 25 kilometres south of Calgary in Aldersyde, has developed a revolutionary technology to convert all sorts of garbage into gold — or at least transportation-grade diesel, jet fuel and naphtha fuel.

RECRUITING THOSE WHO OPPOSE YOUR POLICIES

     Braid:  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that an anti-pipeline activist is running for the Liberals because “one of the important things for us is to make sure we are listening to the voices of Canadians, the preoccupations of Canadians.”

But Trudeau didn’t need to recruit Steven Guilbeault to find out what he thinks. The Quebec militant has been clear for all the years he was involved in Greenpeace and Equiterre, the Quebec environmental group.

He opposes any and all pipelines.

THE DESPERATE, ATTENTION-SEEKING AOC

"When these women tell me that they were put into a cell," she said, "and that their sink was not working, and we tested the sink ourselves and the sink was not working, and they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl -- I believed them."
There is one minor problem with that accusation: it's not true. The toilets in those centers are purposefully designed not to contain water. They only fill when they're flushed. AOC has to know this too, but she repeats this malicious lie nonetheless and even pretends to believe the women who (supposedly, let's be honest about that too) told it to her.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

BLACK VESTS' DEMANDS IN FRANCE

   Hundreds of migrants and others associated with the so-called “Black Vests” group stormed the Pantheon in Paris demanding the French state grant them residency papers and free housing.
   The incident took place on Friday afternoon and saw the protesters chant various slogans demanding that the government of French president Emmanuel Macron acquiesce to their demands, BFMTV reports.
    The group La Chapelle Debout! took to Twitter to take responsibility for the incident and demanded a meeting with French prime minister Edouard Philippe, writing, “papers and freedom for all!”

HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM?

The Liberal government is launching a new three-year immigration experiment that aims to help fill labour shortages in Canada’s agri-food sector

This new pilot program, which is to begin in 2020, aims to attract and retain migrant workers by giving them an opportunity to become permanent residents.

Currently, migrant farm workers who come to Canada through the program for seasonal agricultural workers are only given limited-term work permits and do not have a pathway to permanent residency.

Under this new pilot, temporary foreign farm workers will be able to apply for permanent residency after 12 months and, if they’re approved, will also be allowed to bring their families to Canada.

QUEBEC LIBERAL CANDIDATE AN ANTI-PIPELINE ACTIVIST

   Trudeau is obviously playing to Quebec anti-pipeline sentiment and the will of the province’s national assembly.
   Two days before heading to Calgary for Stampede, he held hands high with anti-pipeline activist Steven Guilbeault, the Liberals’ new candidate in the Montreal riding of Laurier.
   Guilbeault worked for Greenpeace and founded a Quebec advocacy group, Equiterre. He is a flat-out opponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

LIBEL SUIT AGAINST O'REGAN RETURNS

A noted veterans activist can proceed with his defamation suit against the former minister of veterans affairs after Ontario's top court ruled Friday that a deputy judge in small claims court had no authority to throw out the claim without a hearing on its merits.
In its decision, the Court of Appeal ordered the $25,000 libel suit Sean Bruyea brought against Seamus O'Regan back to small claims court for trial.
"If the government is so confident that they did not personally attack and defame me, then please let the case go to trial," Bruyea said after the ruling.

Friday, July 12, 2019

CONVOLUTED LOGIC OF OSSTF

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has found an entirely new argument in its campaign against larger classes and fewer teachers. The issue is about more than just students and teachers, the union says. It’s about the economy. If Ontario cuts education, “everyone will pay more,” the union claims in a tagline for its new ad campaign.

The notion that the more government spends on some things, the less it will have to spend overall is certainly an attractive one and it drew former premier Dalton McGuinty like a fly to economic theory. If only government could save enough by spending more, the budget would balance itself. We all know how that turned out.

Ontario’s hefty deficit is the big piece of context that both the conference board and the union ignore. The provincial government doesn’t have that luxury. It wants larger high school classes as part of its attempt to balance the budget over five years. Naturally, the union will oppose anything that reduces its membership. The fight will start when school resumes this fall and it promises to be ugly and emotional.

NEUTERED INVERTEBRATES ON OTTAWA'S COUNCIL

Cries of “shame” howled from the public gallery Thursday after the majority of city council refused to reconsider a decision that allows the owner of the Château Laurier to build a controversial addition to the historic hotel.

PREMIER LEGAULT: HYPOCRITE EXTRAORDINAIRE

Lilley:   So I asked  Quebec Premier Francois Legault, why is a pipeline not socially acceptable to his province but taking equalization payments generated by oil in Alberta and Saskatchewan socially acceptable.

Legault’s long and rambling answer can be summed up as him saying that the current system allows equalization and he wishes his province didn’t have to take it.

He never did say why the oil is unacceptable but the oil money is.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

FRAUD STEMS FROM DESJARDINS DATA BREACH

   The Ottawa Police Service charged three Montreal residents after they attempted to open bank accounts with fraudulent identification in Ottawa last week.
   A police press release said the three accused arrived in Ottawa from Montreal on July 5, where they attempted to open bank accounts using forged government identification. On July 6, employees at a TD Bank in the west end contacted the police due to suspicious activity.
   The release said officers investigated and all three were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, along with several other related charges.

   The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and its Quebec equivalent have launched an investigation after a data breach at Desjardins Group that affected nearly three million members. The probes will examine whether Desjardins was in compliance with federal and provincial laws around personal information protection.

DUCEPPE FAMILY SUES SENIORS' RESIDENCE

The family of former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe is seeking $1.14 million from the luxury seniors’ residence where their 93-year-old mother perished after being trapped in a courtyard during a false fire alarm last January.

Helene Rowley Hotte Duceppe died of hypothermia on Jan. 20, on a morning when it was a bitter minus 35 degrees outside and snowing.

The three-page letter says the death could have been avoided and alleges irresponsibility, negligence and carelessness on the part of the residence.

EXPLAINING ETHICS TO LIBERAL MP VANDENBELD

Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found a Liberal MP broke ethics rules when she endorsed her husband's city council bid, but recommended that no sanction be imposed as a result.
Dion found that Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld "attempted to use her position to influence voters' decisions to further the private interests of a family member" when she sent a robocall to her constituents calling on them to vote for her husband in his campaign to snag an Ottawa city council seat. She also sent letters and engaged in door-to-door canvassing on his behalf, the commissioner's ruling stated.

BRITAIN FENDS OFF IRANIAN SHIPS

   Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.
  Britain urged Iran to “de-escalate the situation in the region” after the British Heritage, a Suezmax oil tanker operated by BP (BP.L) under an Isle of Man flag, was approached.
   “HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away,” a British government spokesman said in a statement.

ELECTION INTEGRITY IN HANDS OF LIBERALS

  With the federal election set to kick off in September, the government has put the final touches on its plan to respond to any large-scale attack on the integrity of the election, such as the hacking into emails of political parties or sophisticated attempts at spreading false information.
   It’s called the Critical Election Incident Public Protocol, and it has now been published as a cabinet directive. The directive sets out instructions on how public servants should operate during the campaign, a time when the government is in “caretaker” mode and politicians are to stay relatively hands-off.
The plan centres around a five-person panel that will convene regularly during the campaign.
The panel is made up of the most senior public servants responsible for national security: the Clerk of the Privy Council, the National Security and Intelligence Advisor, and the deputy ministers of the justice department, the public safety department, and the global affairs department.

MCCALLUM & CHRETIEN WILLING TO COLLUDE

  The only reason John McCallum, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former (fired) Liberal ambassador to China, cannot be accused of secretly attempting to collude with the Chinese government to re-elect the Liberals is he didn’t do it secretly.
  Instead, in an interview, McCallum reportedly urged China to play nice with Canada leading up to the Oct. 21 election, to help the Trudeau Liberals win, saying he had conveyed this to former contacts in China’s foreign affairs ministry.
  “Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives (who) are much less friendly to China than the Liberals” McCallum told the South China Morning Post in an interview in Hong Kong.

150 EMPLOYEES FIRED IN BENEFITS FRAUD SCHEME

  In what could be one of the largest and longest-lasting benefits fraud schemes ever discovered in Canada, a Toronto geriatric hospital has dismissed approximately 150 employees for falsely claiming as much as $5 million in benefits over an eight-year period.
  As in previous scams of comparable size, such as the one discovered last year at the Toronto Transit Commission, this one involved misuse of prescription coverage for orthotics, knee braces, and compression stockings, but also physiotherapy.
   Typically, a group of criminals know people in credentialed professions who are willing to participate in these schemes in exchange for cash, said Gary Askin, a former Waterloo Region police officer and now assistant vice president, fraud risk management at Sun Life, a large insurance provider. They seek out generous benefit plans, and often have a “predatory” recruiter among staff who can help employees rationalize the fraud. Basically, this is a con, he said, and when it goes bust, the providers are holding cash, and the paper trail points to the employee.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

IMPROVING PROFITS AT BOMBARDIER: LAY OFF 550

Bombardier Inc. is laying off half of the 1,100 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont., railway car plant, according to a federal government source.

Two major contracts in Ontario — for the Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx GO Transit rail cars — are slated to halt by the end of the year.

“We’re going to have an empty plant in 2020,” local union president Dominic Pasqualino said Tuesday. “We want to keep the wheels turning. But it’s getting close.”

The regional transit agency has also given Bombardier the option to slow down production of the 63 remaining rail cars slated for completion by year’s end.

QUESTIONING CRA's SECURITY

For two months, Sarah Johnson has tried to find out who filed a phony tax return in her name, how the thief managed to steal her identity, and why it was so easy to defraud the federal government.

The thief made off with a $9,178.22 tax return after convincing the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to change Johnson’s address and bank account number.

Somehow, the thief was able to answer the security questions the agency uses to affirm a taxpayer’s identity over the phone.

LT-GEN WYNNYK RESIGNS

  The Canadian military’s second-in-command has announced his surprise resignation — and is reportedly linking the decision to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.
  Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk’s decision to leave the Canadian Forces, effective Aug. 9, represents the latest blow to the military, whose senior leadership has been in a state of perpetual upheaval since Norman was suspended in January 2017.
  The move is likely to put added pressure on the chief of the defense staff, Gen. Jon Vance, who some have accused of contributing to Norman’s two-year legal ordeal by suspending the popular naval officer upon learning the RCMP was investigating him in 2017.

YOUR CAR IS COLLECTING DATA ABOUT YOU

A Vancouver organization that has spent years studying how cars monitor personal activity is hoping for legal changes to protect personal data.
The Freedom of Information and Privacy Association filed a complaint on Tuesday with the federal privacy commissioner, asking for an investigation of the gathering of drivers’ personal information by their vehicle.
The complaint was filed along with an update of the group’s 2015 “Connected Car” report, which evaluated privacy policies of 36 manufacturers to find what data they collected, how it was used, and why.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CBSA MUST CLEAR DEPORTATION BACKLOG

The Canada Border Services Agency has ramped up deportations of failed refugee claimants and other foreign nationals and permanent residents who have lost the right to stay in Canada, amid concerns about the ability of Canada’s asylum system to respond quickly to spikes in refugee claims.

Removals from Canada have dropped significantly in the last several years, from more than 19,000 people in 2012-13 to around 8,000 in recent years. But that number climbed to roughly 9,500 people in 2018-19, following an internal effort to speed up the pace of deportations.

Despite the overall increase, the numbers remain low for removals of failed irregular asylum seekers — those who enter Canada from the U.S. between official border crossings, but who are unsuccessful in claiming refugee status — even though Ottawa has said it is prioritizing their removal.

TORONTO CHURCH CANCELS PALESTINIAN EVENT

A downtown Toronto church has cancelled a youth scholarship event hosted by the Palestinian Youth Movement that was condemned as “the open glorification of terrorists and murderers.”

The Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship launch party was cancelled after complaints from members of the Jewish community and a decision by the directors of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church that the event was “inconsistent with church policy.”

Ghassan Kanafani, who the PYM calls a “heroic novelist,” was a noted Palestinian writer but is better known to the wider world for his involvement in the Lod airport massacre near Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1972, during which 26 civilians were killed, including a Canadian, and 80 people injured.

I SUSPECT THE DEATH IS TEMPORARY

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure.”

The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil.

In mid-June, Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but on Tuesday she said “there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the legislative council.”

RCMP SETTLEMENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

   Three years after settling a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit with female officers for $100 million, the RCMP has reached a second settlement — for about another $100 million — for women who worked for the force in non-policing roles.
   The settlement was announced Monday morning by Klein Lawyers LLP, the same Vancouver law firm that handled the first settlement in 2016. The latest pact is subject to approval by a federal court.

Monday, July 8, 2019

NATO NARRATIVE NONSENSE

 Consumers of the print or electronic output of the League of Copy Typists and their Instructors are expected to believe many impossible things and believe them, not just before breakfast, but all day too.
   Putin kills his enemies by using spectacular methods that can easily be traced back to Russia and preferably when he’s staging some high-profile event like the Olympics or World Cup.
  Russian submarines only fool around in the waterways of neutral countries whose elites want to get into NATO, never in NATO ones.
  Poison is smeared on the front doorknob. This requires the roof of the house to be replaced.

ICE TO DEPORT 1 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM USA

Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is ready to deport about a million illegal aliens who remain in the country despite having final orders for deportation.

During an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Cuccinelli said despite a delay of mass deportations by President Trump two weeks ago, ICE agents are ready to detain and deport the roughly one million illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the country.

OUSTED MPP HILLIER OPINES ON FORD'S FUTURE

“(Ford) came into office with a truckload of old scores to settle, grudges and axes to grind. Public office is not for the advancement of your own personal vendettas.”

Like the sudden shrinking of Toronto city council, for instance — Ford had been a councillor — about which nothing was discussed during the campaign. Or buck-a-beer or new provincial slogans, or pulling a new OPP commissioner out of a hat.

Hillier is convinced the Ford government was being led by a trio of backroom operators, principally chief of staff Dean French, with whom he had a rather bitter public dispute. Hillier blamed French and other top insiders for trying to turn caucus members into trained seals who were required to clap, cheer and tweet enthusiastically on command.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

TIME TO WEAR YOUR BIG-BOY PANTS JUSTIN

   In a letter Friday, Scheer pressed Trudeau to take a harder line with Canada’s second-biggest trading partner at a time when the countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute that has dragged on for more than seven months.
   “There is no other way to put this: Canada is being bullied by the Chinese government and you have done nothing to stand up for Canada in response,” Scheer wrote to Trudeau in the letter, which his office released publicly.
   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, however, has no intention of increasing inspections on Chinese imports, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said later Friday.

CANADA GEESE DESTINED FOR DINNER PLATES

  As Canadians were celebrating Canada Day, Denver’s parks and recreation department (DPR) decided it had had enough of our unofficial bird.
  Federal crews corralled hundreds of Canada geese into a fenced area at City Park where they would soon — to put it lightly — be no more.
  The city estimates 5,000 geese take up residence in Denver every year, producing up to 5,000 pounds of feces each day and polluting the city’s waterways, Scott Gilmore, the city’s parks manager, told the Denverite. On top of that, populations have become aggressive to residents and have taken over parks.

Friday, July 5, 2019

LIBERAL STANDARDS OF OPENNESS & TRANSPARENCY

Bonokowski:  Back in May 2016, for example, and with the lid on as tight as tight could be, Trudeau had a private fundraiser at the Toronto home of a Chinese-Canadian billionaire with impressive ties to Beijing.
  The ticket for those with dual Canadian-Chinese citizenship was $1,500, but the Chinese-only guests, because of federal restriction against donating, were nonetheless allowed to mingle and press flesh.
  One attendee, it later came out, was Canadian financier Shenglin Xian, who was awaiting final say from feds to approve his plan to build a bank in Canada.
   Two months after that meeting with Trudeau, Shenglin had his bank.

CONSERVATIVE MPP LISA MACLEOD: A REAL CHARMER

The owner of the Ottawa Senators says he was subject to a profane tirade from MPP Lisa MacLeod at last weekend’s Rolling Stones concert near Barrie.

“So I’m just there, we’ve got families and friends in a small group and I’m surrounded by people from Ottawa — and I see from the corner of my eye somebody trying to bust through,” Melnyk said in a phone interview Thursday.

“I’m thinking, ‘OK, might be a crazed fan and that’s fine. I’ve gotten used to it. And all of a sudden it’s this woman and she yells at me, ‘Do you know who I am?’

“I can’t place her so I said, ‘I’m sorry. No.’ And she yells, ‘I am your minister and you’re a f—ing piece of s–t and you’re a f—ing loser’.”

BOMBARDIER: A PROFITABLE INVESTMENT FOR CANADA

Opinion
Marcil: By contributing to Bombardier’s development efforts through loans and equity investments, Canadians are not only getting their money back in full, but also creating value. Facts are stubborn things: supporting Bombardier and the aerospace industry is a profitable investment for Canada.

Olivier Marcil is the Vice President of External Relations of Bombardier Inc.

AB INQUIRY INTO FOREIGN OIL AND GAS FOES

The Alberta government will hold a public inquiry into environmental groups that it says have been bankrolled by foreign benefactors hell-bent on keeping Canada's oil and gas from reaching new markets while letting oil production grow unabated in the Middle East and the United States.
Kenney said deep-pocketed U.S. charities have been deliberately trying to landlock Alberta resources for years by funnelling money to an array of Canadian groups. Many of his assertions are based on the writings of Vancouver researcher Vivian Krause.
He blames those groups for the demise of several coast-bound pipelines that would have helped oilsands crude get to markets besides the U.S., as well as delays in building the Trans Mountain expansion to the west coast.

TRUDEAU DEFENDS NB JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner calling for an independent investigation into Dominic LeBlanc and the connections he has with recent judicial appointments in New Brunswick.

Democracy Watch is also calling on the federal government to suspend all judicial and watchdog appointments until “the appointment process is changed to be actually independent and merit-based.
"We are fully confident that the process, the transparent, merit-based process that we've put in place is the right one and we stand by it," Trudeau said Thursday.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

POSTURING UN & TRUDEAU MADE FOR EACH OTHER

After three years of observing Justin Trudeau’s approach to prime ministering, it should be obvious to Canadians why the Liberal leader puts such weight on obtaining a seat on the UN Security Council.

It’s a temporary position, lasting just two years. It’s one of 10 secondary seats, subservient to the five permanent members — China, Russia, Britain, France and the U.S. — that enjoy veto power. It’s mostly symbolic, given that any of the five can arbitrarily overrule the other 14. The chief attraction is an opportunity to deliver stirring declarations on matters of high principle, regardless of whether concrete action ensues.

It is, in other words, the essence of Justin Trudeau’s personality and politics.

LIBERALS TARGET NATURAL GAS POWER PLANTS

Canada's electricity industry lobby group says it was left out of the federal government's decision to crack down on carbon pollution from new power plants that use natural gas.
The comments came after Canada's wind energy lobby group applauded the government last week for updating its rules to subject larger portions of pollution from new natural gas plants to the federal carbon pricing system in 2021 and beyond.
The federal government said June 28 that new natural gas plants built two years from now would have to pay for their emissions beyond an allowable cap of 370 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. The cap declines each year until it hits zero in 2030, meaning the power plant would have to pay for all its emissions that year.

GLOBAL PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS ON THE RISE

It’s a sad and scary fact that the war against Christians is getting worse, not better. Open Doors released its 2019 World Watch List on global persecution with this terrifying observation: “Persecution is increasing at an alarming rate.” In fact, according to the study, “each day, a staggering 11 Christians are killed for their faith in the top 50 countries ranked on the World Watch List.”

North Korea remains the No. 1 worst country for Christians, with Afghanistan coming in at second. Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, and India round out the top 10 of the Watch List’s top 50 countries.

CHINA TARIFFS WORK FOR USA & ALLIES

The most revealing figure in the May data, however, is the annual decline in trade and the trade gap between the U.S. and China. Imports from China in May fell $10.3 billion from a year ago.  In the first five months of the year, imports have fallen $24.4 billion to $180.9 billion, almost a 12 percent decline.
This suggests that the trade dispute i
U.S. policymakers regard that shift out of China and into third countries as a victory for the Trump administration’s policies, both because it makes U.S. consumers and retailers less dependent on goods from China and because it increases the pressure on China to reform what the U.S. says are unfair and illegal trade practices. The shift may also strengthen the U.S. diplomatically by aligning other nation’s economic interests with its trade dispute against China.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

LEBLANC's MERIT-BASED APPOINTMENTS

Tuesday morning, CBC broke a story that 5 out of the last 6 judicial appointments in New Brunswick went to people with close, personal connections to one of Justin Trudeau’s most trusted cabinet ministers Dominic Leblanc.
Those appointments include a “neighbour, a LeBlanc family relation and three lawyers who helped retire debts from his unsuccessful 2008 leadership bid.”
Nice work if you can get it — a judicial appointment is not only a nicely paid gig, it’s pretty much a job for life.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

IRAN BREACHES 2015 URANIUM DEAL

   A year after the U.S. pulled out of the deal, Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said his country had deliberately exceeded a 300kg cap on its enriched uranium stockpile. “Iran has crossed the 300kg limit based on its plan,” he said.
   Iran’s government announced last month that it would start breaching the deal in protest at U.S. sanctions on Iran’s economy and Europe’s lack of action to ease the impact of the sanctions. While exceeding the limit on low-grade uranium is only a minor step towards a potential nuclear weapon, Tehran has threatened a more serious breach on July 8 by resuming enrichment of higher-grade uranium.
  Iran’s behaviour presents Britain, France, and Germany – the European states who have defended the nuclear agreement – with a stark choice. They can reimpose sanctions on Tehran, and risk destroying the nuclear deal altogether, or try to convince Iran to return to compliance with agreement.

ASIAN COUNTRIES CULL MILLIONS OF PIGS

Millions of pigs are being culled in China and Vietnam in an effort to stop the spread of African swine fever, with cases of the disease already reported in six Asian countries.

Some 2.8 million pigs, representing about 10 percent of Vietnam’s herd, have been culled in the Southeast Asian nation, state media reported this week. According to officials, the disease has spread to larger-scale farming facilities.

In China, the world’s top pork producer, about 1.1 million pigs have been culled, with authorities saying cases have been found in 32 areas.

LIBERALS DISCOURAGE LNG WHILE FUNDING LNG PROJECTS

The Global Energy Monitor says an international boom in liquefied natural gas exports is undermining global efforts to stop climate change and Canada is one of the industry's biggest players.

The federal Liberals are moving to discourage the construction of new natural gas plants, issuing regulations last week to increase the carbon tax on any new plants added after 2021. But the government is heavily supportive of exporting natural gas to Asia.

Natural Resources Canada says 18 LNG projects are proposed in Canada, 13 in British Columbia, two in Quebec and three in Nova Scotia. The federal government just announced a $220 million contribution to the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C., to help fund energy-efficient gas turbines as part of the $40 billion project.

CNN EXCUSING ANTIFA VIOLENCE

To make matters worse, even after openly encouraging and excusing Antifa’s violence, CNN is still serving as the terrorist group’s public relations arm by downplaying this weekend’s violence against Ngo.
Incredibly, during his 47-second “condemnation” of the Antifa assault on Ngo this weekend, Brian Stelter selectively edited the video of the assault to make it look like nothing more than a milkshake/silly string hazing that got a little out of control.
As you can see below, Stelter deliberately edited out the most brutal portions of the video, the parts where Ngo is sucker punched in the face, swarmed, and kicked

Monday, July 1, 2019

ENFORCING THE LAW IN ALABAMA

Around the country, the case of Jones — who was indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter — has served as a stark illustration of how pregnant women can be judged and punished when a fetus is treated as a person by the justice system.

Activists have also cited it as a demonstration of the dangers of the “personhood” movement, which pushes for the rights of fetuses to be recognized as equal to — or even more important than — the rights of the mothers who carry them. And many are now watching as the movement gains momentum in Alabama, which already has some of the most restrictive reproductive rights laws in the country.

CONDONING ANTIFA THUGGERY IN PORTLAND OREGON

   When local officials appear to wink and nod as masked leftist thugs openly assemble and attack conservatives, it's time for the feds to come in and protect civil rights. Anyone with vague familiarity with Weimar Germany's slide into fascism in the 1930s understands that a rising tide of political violence bodes ill for the future of the Republic. We've already seen one attempted mass assassination of Republican members of Congress and successful suppression of conservative speakers on many campuses.
   The fact that the mayor of Portland, Oregon has apparently ordered his police to not intervene in physical assaults on conservatives by the Antifa gang amounts to official sanction for mob violence against the mayor's political opponents. As most readers already know, Andy Ngo was violently attacked by masked Antifa thugs Saturday in Portland.

AOC NOMINATED FOR A NOBEL PRIZE IN STUPIDITY

After igniting another verbal gaffe controversy when she compared border detention areas to concentration camps, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) received a couple of invitations to visit real concentration camps and perhaps learn something.
The first came from a member of the Polish Parliament, and the second from a Holocaust-education group called "From the Depths."
Now, one of the few Holocaust survivors still alive has some very firm opinions about the Mouth that Never Shuts

OPEC TO EXTEND OIL SUPPLY CUT

     OPEC and its allies look set to extend oil supply cuts this week at least until the end of 2019 as Iran joined top producers Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Russia in endorsing a policy aimed at propping up the price of crude amid a weakening global economy.
     Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters on Monday he would support prolonging output cuts by six to nine months. Tehran has in the past objected to policies put forward by arch-rival Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh was too close to Washington.
     OPEC and its allies led by Russia have been reducing oil output since 2017 to prevent prices from sliding amid soaring production from the United States, which has overtaken Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer.

UN CHIEF's CLIMATE DRAMA; KEEP THE $ ROLLING IN

“Climate disruption is happening now… It is progressing even faster than the world’s top scientists have predicted,” the UN secretary general said. “It is outpacing our efforts to address it. Climate change is running faster than we are.

“Every week brings new climate-related devastation… floods, drought, heatwaves, wildfires and super storms.”

Now the U.N. is again calling for a global effort as well as ramping up the possible amounts of money involved, with some critics saying $300 billion will be needed annually by 2030 to help the U.N. deal with alleged climate-related disasters.

NSA ILLEGALLY COLLECTING DATA. AGAIN

“These documents further confirm that this surveillance program is beyond redemption and a privacy and civil liberties disaster,” ACLU National Security Project staff attorney Patrick Toomey told the Associated Press as reported by RT.

“There is no justification for leaving this surveillance power in the NSA’s hands.” The NSA, unsurprisingly, in its own internal documents assessed the blunder’s “impact on national security or international relations” to be “none.”

Critics of the program, formerly known as StellarWind, have pointed to its acknowledged failure to stop a single terror event. Terrorism was the agency’s official rationale for eavesdropping on 3 billion phone calls every day. That’s just one of many reasons the entire agency, not just its programs, should be scrapped.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

BC GOV'T's PHONY REACTION TO MONEY-LAUNDERING

And so long as there have been death and taxes, you can bet there’s been money-laundering.

That’s why the I’m-shocked-it’s-happening-here routine by the B.C. government seems a bit rich, so to speak.

Money-laundering in this province? It’s part of global culture.

NO $1B SOLAR NEIGHBOURHOOD IN SASKATOON

Saskatoon city council effectively killed a proposed $1-billion solar-powered neighbourhood when it voted against changing city hall’s development schedule to accommodate Arbutus Properties.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

POLITICAL CONSENSUS ABOVE CONSTITUTION

   Lilley: Ontario’s court of appeal put Laurentian Elite political consensus above the constitution on Friday when they released their carbon tax ruling.
   Asked by the Ontario government to decide if the federal carbon tax was constitutional, the appeal court found, in a split decision, that yes it was. They did so not by relying on any enumerated power in the constitution but by falling back on the flimsy “Peace Order and Good Government” provision that federal governments relies on when they don’t have a solid argument otherwise.
   It’s a weak position, a catch-all clause used when the powers laid out in Sections 91 and 92 of the constitution don’t fit the federal argument.
   In fact, in their ruling the justices spend page after page not talking about the constitution, which this case was about, but rather the need for there to be action on climate change.

RETURN TO SENDER

An infamous load of Canadian trash that had been rotting in the Philippines for more than five years has come full circle, arriving by ship at a port south of Vancouver on Saturday morning.

The cost to Canada is $1.14 million for shipping and another $375,000 for the garbage to be burned in the Metro Vancouver incinerator.

Friday, June 28, 2019

CANADIAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED SPYING FOR CHINA

The case of a Canadian man accused of trying to spy for China is once again tied up in mysterious closed-door proceedings over confidential information.

It has been more than five years since Qing Quentin Huang was arrested in Burlington, Ont., following an RCMP-led investigation called Project Seascape.

Huang, an employee of Lloyd’s Register, a subcontractor to Irving Shipbuilding Inc., was charged under the Security of Information Act with attempting to communicate secrets to a foreign power.

RV CRASHES ONTO FERRY

There is shocking video of a bizarre ferry crash that killed a Quebec man.
Surveillance cameras captured the moment an RV flew off a ramp and smashed onto the deck, just as the packed ferry was pulling out of dock in Tadoussac, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.

POLITICIANS' CLIMATE CHANGE YOWLING

  Smith:  What started out as global warming became climate change. Climate change then became a climate emergency. Instead of natural disasters, floods and fires are now “climate disasters”. This week the United Nations declared we were on the cusp of climate apartheid, described as “a scenario where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer” in despair, disease and death.
I guess the only place to go from here is to declare a climate genocide. Watch for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be the first to do that.

HORGAN VISITS, MAKES NO SENSE, LEAVES

     Braid:  With a straight face, Horgan said the federal government is perfectly within its rights to build the Trans Mountain pipeline. That it is a federal responsibility.
   “We have not been dragging our feet,” he said, referring to permits for the project. “The rule of law is paramount in Canada.”
   But he does not endorse or approve TMX. That’s because he also believes the project is “a shared jurisdiction” with Ottawa.

AUSTRALIA'S SECURITY CONCERNS RE HUAWEI

   Huawei Technologies plans to sell its majority-stake in submarine cable business joint venture Huawei Marine Systems to Chinese optical telecommunication network products company Hengtong Optic-Electric Co.
   The sale comes as Huawei faces significant supply chain issues after the US banned American companies from selling goods or services to the Chinese telco giant, and accusations of being state surveillance tool have dogged the company.
   In 2018, the Australian government blocked a Huawei Marine submarine cable between the Solomon Islands and Sydney over purported security concerns. At the time, Huawei also faced accusations of making a SI$40m (US$5m) political donation to the party of then-Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare, revealed in a report by the nation's parliamentary accounts committee. It called for a police inquiry, while Huawei strongly denied the allegations.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

FLIP OFF CHINA: BOYCOTT HUAWEI

  The concerns over Huawei technology in our sensitive networks is real. Canada has ample reason to ban it from participating in our projects going forward purely on national security grounds. But we now have even more incentive — doing the right thing for the big reasons is also the right thing for relatively petty ones. Banning Huawei will both bolster our national security and flip off the regime in Beijing. That’s a textbook win-win. What the hell are we waiting for?
   It won’t help the farmers or free our imprisoned citizens, but nothing short of capitulation to a hostile dictatorship is going to achieve that in the short term. If that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t be asking U.S. President Donald Trump to pressure China on our behalf … but we are doing exactly that. In the meantime, we have every reason to fight back as best we can, and might as well start now. A boycott of Huawei products and a ban on the company’s participation in our future projects is a great place to start.

V-A NORMAN TO RETIRE; SETTLEMENT REACHED

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman will retire from the Canadian Forces after reaching an undisclosed settlement with the Department of National Defence.

The former vice-chief of the defence staff and the federal government reached a “mutually acceptable agreement, the details of which will remain confidential,” said a joint statement issued Wednesday by Norman and the Department of National Defence.

“Vice-Admiral Norman remains committed to the Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces and their mission,” the statement said. “However, after consulting with his family, his chain of command, and his counsel, VAdm Norman has decided to retire from the Canadian Armed Forces.”

DANGERS OF INCEL MEN WHO CAN'T GET LAID

  Joint Base Andrews in Maryland recently issued a threat brief regarding "incels": members of an online movement that "adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships,"according to Task and Purpose.
   The term "incel" is generally defined as: "...members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as inceldom. Self-identified incels are largely white and are almost exclusively male heterosexuals. The term is a portmanteau of "involuntary celibates"."
   Another, simpler definition: men who can't get laid.

CHINA DEMANDS USA REMOVE BAN ON HUAWEI

    The big news overnight came from the South China Morning Post, which echoed what Bloomberg reported earlier this week, namely that the US and China have "tentatively" agreed to another truce in their trade war in order to resume talks aimed at resolving the dispute.
   But while the original SCMP report helped boost risk sentiment overnight, sending futures to session highs, a subsequent report by the WSJ in turn slammed sentiment, after it detailed that the ceasefire is not unconditional but instead Chinese President Xi Jinping will present Trump with a set of terms the U.S. should meet before Beijing is ready to settle a market-rattling trade confrontation.
    Among the preconditions noted by the WSJ, Beijing is insisting that the U.S. remove its ban on the sale of U.S. technology to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. Beijing also wants the U.S. to lift all punitive tariffs and drop efforts to get China to buy even more U.S. exports than Beijing said it would when the two leaders last met in December.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

CANADIAN CHINESE NEWSPAPERS DOING THEIR PART

   China watchers are raising concern over ads in Canadian Chinese-language newspapers criticizing recent protests in Hong Kong.
   Large advertisements that ran in the Sing Tao and Ming Pao newspapers in the last two weeks denounce the protesters as “radicals” and appear to support the Communist Party’s position on a since-suspended extradition bill between China and Hong Kong.
   “The affairs of Hong Kong are the internal matters of China,” reads a translation of a June 21 ad signed by numerous Chinese-Canadian groups. “We oppose any intervention by any foreign forces.”

DEVOTED FAMILY MAN DONE AS LIBERAL MP

A Liberal MP hired his girlfriend as a constituency assistant, then fired her at his wife’s behest and refused to provide child support to their daughter, according to allegations contained in two lawyers’ letters obtained by the National Post.

Ying (Stella) Yu — who says she gave up a lucrative career in business to work for Don Valley North MP Geng Tan — fell into deep depression after her “ignominious” dismissal, with suicide attempts, anxiety attacks and crying fits, the two letters claim.

But the MP dismissed Yu’s mental-health problems, one of the letters alleges, urging her not to get professional help.

VANCOUVER COUNCIL; HYPOCRITES EXTRAORDINAIRE

   As cities around the world — particularly coastal ones — take a hard look at the costs of climate change, Vancouver’s council is debating asking fossil fuel companies to pay a share.
  The motion would direct Vancouver’s mayor to write a letter to the world’s largest fossil fuel companies — those “with the highest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions” — asking them to be “accountable for their share of climate emergency costs.” West Coast Environmental Law, the organizer of the letter-writing campaign, has a list of 20 of those fossil fuel companies, none of which are based in Canada. 
  Calling Vancouver a hypocrite for opposing carbon emissions while also being the continent’s largest coal port.
  Vancouver could see a record breaking year for the cruise ship industry -  those cruise ships that are horrible for the environment

AFGHANISTAN MEMORIAL TO BE REDEDICATED

A battlefield cenotaph that became a focus of hurt and outrage for families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan will be rededicated in a public ceremony this summer, CBC News has learned.

The rebuilt memorial, which stood outside the Canadian headquarters in Kandahar throughout the war, was unveiled initially in a private service west of downtown Ottawa — one that was attended only by federal officials and senior brass.

Families of the slain soldiers whose faces are immortalized on the monument's black granite plaques were not invited to the May 13 unveiling. The event was kept a secret for three days, until social media posts appeared later in the week.

PM MAY SINKING THE UK; £1 TRILLION TO DECARBONIZATION

As predicted, Theresa May’s lame-duck government has gone ahead and signed the £1 trillion suicide note committing the UK to ‘Net Zero’ decarbonisation by 2050.
  Do any of the incompetent, virtue-signalling pillocks — both on the Government and Opposition benches — who signed this piece of magical unicorn fairytale tosh have any idea what £1 trillion looks like?
   Furthermore, even if we were to believe the green loons, braindead politicians, and rent-seeking scum suckers from the renewables industry who claim that it is possible, such gestures are only going to make sense if all the world’s major economies follow suit. Countries that choose to ‘decarbonise’ their economies unilaterally will simply be committing suicide by burdening their own producers with unnecessary extra costs.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

THE DIVISIVE TRUDEAU

Speaking as the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau called Conservatives racists.

That is the sunny way he will take us in to the next election.

As the Huffington Post reports, Trudeau encouraged Muslims to engage with the Conservative Party, “So that never again would any mainstream party in Canada think it’s a good idea to stoke fears and divisions against Muslims or any other group of Canadians.”

CHINA DISALLOWS TALK OF HONG KONG PROTESTS

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said on Monday that China will not allow the massive protests in Hong Kong to be discussed at the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Authoritarian China cannot silence representatives from other nations at the summit, the way it can oppress its own people, so what Zhang really meant is that China’s representatives will refuse to discuss Hong Kong if asked. U.S. officials have indicated President Donald Trump will broach the subject with Chinese Communist leader Xi Jinping in Osaka.

“I can tell you with certainty that the G20 will not discuss the Hong Kong issue and we will not allow the G20 to discuss the Hong Kong issue,” Zhang said at a press conference on Monday.

$ BEHIND IMMIGRATION CRISIS IN BALKANS

The interesting thing ( fascinating thing actually) is that the common citizen here in the Balkans finds out more about the immigrant problem here in our region when reading the world news than the local news. You may not know unless you are out in the field every night, seeing all that.

There are several reasons for that, and the most important one is the fact that local governments are taking money from the EU do “deal” with immigrants HERE. In other words, the EU does not want immigrants, so they are giving local governments outside the EU money to deal with the situation and to keep those folks here.

Of course, the money ends up in the pockets of a few powerful people at the top of the pyramid, definitely not in the system that should take care of immigrants.