Thursday, September 19, 2019

TWO MORE OF PM'S BLACKFACE TENDENCIES

Justin Trudeau in blackface at Jean Brebeuf high school.
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   Global News initially obtained the video from a source earlier this week but had been attempting to verify it before publishing. A senior member of the Liberal campaign confirmed it was Trudeau early Thursday morning but would not comment further, simply referring Global News back to Trudeau’s comments on the matter from Wednesday evening.  

GALLING HYPOCRISY OF PM BLACKFACE

   Blatchford:   But this is not how Trudeau has acted to the gaffes and mistakes of others.
   When he was informed of alleged misdeeds by two of his MPs, Massimo Pacetti and Scott Andrews, Trudeau temporarily suspended them for “serious personal misconduct.” There never was a real investigation into the complaints, rather a secret review by a lawyer. And then they were permanently expelled from the Liberal caucus.
    Even last week, when Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer refused to walk back comments he’d made about how “a single group of people” or one Indigenous group could “hold hostage” a pipeline that would greatly benefit many Indigenous groups, Trudeau was there to soberly shake his head in sadness and “deplore his perspective and the language he used.”
   He is always quick to judge others, condemn them, and always with that rich Trudeau smarminess.
  In other words, it’s his hypocrisy that is so galling.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FARAGE KICKS EU ASS

Nigel Farage delivered an excoriating barrage at EU 'pipsqueaks' trying to humiliate Britain today during a stormy battle in the European Parliament. 
The Brexit Party leader condemned the behaviour of Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel and warned that the UK must go for a 'clean break' from the bloc.
The stinging assault came as Brexit Party MEPs were ordered to shut up by the chair of the debate as they heckled opponents.

GENEROUS CANADIAN TAXPAYERS

Dairy farmers now know that all-important date upon which their compensation will be based under the new federal dairy direct payment program.
Compensation will be distributed to all licensed dairy farmers, based on their Aug. 31, 2019 quota holdings, in proportion to the national quota total as of the same date. A notice was sent to producers last week.
A website was being launched last week to answer producer questions on next steps to receiving their first payment.

MCKENNA'S MAGIC WAND MAKES DATA DISAPPEAR

  Canadians already suspicious of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax are likely be even more suspicious given a report by Ottawa-based Blacklock’s Reporter that Environment Canada omitted a century’s worth of observed weather data in developing its computer models on the impacts of climate change.

The scrapping of all observed weather data from 1850 to 1949 was necessary, a spokesman for Environment Canada told Blacklock’s Reporter, after researchers concluded that historically, there weren’t enough weather stations to create a reliable data set for that 100-year period.

“The historical data is not observed historical data,” the spokesman said. “It is modelled historical data … 24 models from historical simulations spanning 1950 to 2005 were used.”

QUESTIONS FEDERAL LEADERS SHOULD BE ASKED

John Robson's list of questions for the political leaders includes the following:

Is government in Canada too big? If so, what would you get rid of? If not, how would you pay for it?

Is China friend, foe or simply a foreign entity pursuing its own national interest?

Why do we deliberately raise the price of food for the poor through supply management? (Maxime Bernier can just sit and smirk during this one. Andrew Scheer can’t.)

TORONTO'S GENDER EQUITY UNIT

The City of Toronto’s “chief people officer” is asking for $283,132 to hire two permanent full-time staffers for a gender equity unit.

Another $50,000 is needed to do community consultation on gender equity for a total of $333,132, a report to next week’s executive committee says.

“Women, girls, trans and non-binary individuals make up more than 52% of Toronto’s population,” Chief People Officer Omo Akintan says in a report. “Yet they face disproportionately higher rates of violence, greater poverty including more precarious employment, lower wages, religious discrimination based on attire, and are underrepresented in political and professional leadership positions.

WILSON-RAYBOULD REDESIGNS OF JUSTICE SYSTEM

But the most radical of Wilson-Raybould’s redesigns of the Canadian justice system has received very little attention. During her final days as justice minister in January of this year, Wilson-Raybould sent out a document entitled Directive on Civil Litigation Involving Indigenous Peoples.

The directive compels government lawyers to avoid going to court against First Nations and Indigenous organizations whenever possible. Negotiation should be the first option, always.

That’s not a bad policy, per se, although most often the reason Indigenous lawsuits go to court is that taxpayers pay First Nations’ legal bills, even when their lawsuit is against the government. First Nations, therefore, have little incentive to settle.

The real controversy arises from the instructions Wilson-Raybould gave to justice lawyers when a lawsuit cannot be settled out of court. Where government lawyers cannot come to terms with First Nations, her directive all but prohibits an “adversarial” approach in court. The lawyers who are supposed to be protecting the interests of the nation, of citizens or even of taxpayers are prevented from offering a spirited defence or even any defence at all.

QUEBEC PREMIER'S LIST OF DEMANDS

Quebec Premier François Legault flexed his nationalist muscles before the federal party leaders Tuesday, laying out a list of demands to boost the province’s power at the expense of Ottawa.

Mr. Legault asked for more power over immigration, language and tax collection, one week after telling federal leaders to stay out of any court cases contesting Quebec’s controversial ban on the wearing of religious symbols in some public service jobs.

Mr. Legault wants Ottawa to enable Quebec to give a language and values test to potential immigrants, along with the power to set quotas for all categories of immigrants, including the refugee and family reunification cases currently determined by Ottawa.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BIRTH TOURISM UP 13% IN CANADA

   The 13 per cent increase was found in data Griffith collected from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), which based it on information from hospitals across the country, excluding Quebec.
    Their research shows a steady increase in births to non-residents from 2008 to 2017-18, and then a 13 per cent jump after that. According to CIHI, there were 1,354 non-resident births in 2010 and 4,099 in the 12-month period ending March 2019 – representing 1.4 per cent of all births in Canada during that time.
   “It’s going up faster than immigration rates, faster than the overall population of Canada,” Andrew Griffith, a fellow at the Environics Institute and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

IRAN THREATENS SEIZURE OF CANADIAN SHIPS

The Iranian regime threatened Monday to retaliate against Canada after Global News reported that Tehran’s assets in Toronto and Ottawa had been sold to compensate terrorism victims.
The head of Iran’s judiciary said the Islamic republic would “impound and confiscate Canada’s assets,” while a hardline legislator reportedly called for the seizure of Canadian ships.
The Iranian military should “seize all vessels carrying goods and products to or from Canada as soon as possible,” said Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a national security council member, Radio Farda reported.

LEADERS' DEBATE JUST BECAME INTERESTING

The stage is set for Maxime Bernier. His challenge now is to perform.

The leader of the nascent People's Party of Canada (PPC) yesterday got his coveted invitation to take part in the two televised debates organized by the independent Leaders' Debate Commission. The debates — one in English and the other in French — will be held on Oct. 7 and Oct 10.

The invitation extended by debates Commissioner David Johnston reverses a preliminary ruling last month that found Bernier didn't meet two of the commission's three criteria to qualify.

SNARING RCMP OFFICIAL ORTIS

Bill Majcher, a former RCMP officer with years of experience in undercover work targeting transnational drug traffickers, said he never worked with Ortis, but had watched him rise quickly through the ranks at B.C. RCMP’s E-Division headquarters.
From his position as director general of intelligence in Ottawa, Ortis would have been able to access almost any sensitive information he wanted, Majcher said.
This could include the force’s blueprints for covert operations worldwide, as well as the identities of undercover officers, police agents working within transnational crime groups, officers from Five Eyes partners used in RCMP probes, and even witnesses relocated to other countries.

Monday, September 16, 2019

OXYCONTIN MAKERS FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY

Just hours after the company's board signed off on a proposed settlement with more than 2,000 litigants, including dozens of US states, the embattled US drugmaker Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a long-anticipated move aimed at shielding the company and its owners, the Sackler family, from financial ruin as they shoulder the brunt of the blame for igniting the opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing tactics of OxyContin.

MUGABE'S RULE OF FEAR & TERROR

  Mugabe ruled by fear and terror, impoverishing his people even as he and his cronies looted the national exchequer.
  Apologists for Mugabe would argue that the fear and terror came later, after an initial blessed period of harmony in the newly independent Zimbabwe. Not so. Mugabe fought for the independence of his people, but not for their welfare. He did not become a tyrant after achieving power; he was a tyrant already.
In that, Canada has a particularly shameful role. In 1983, the Trudeau government was advised repeatedly by its own diplomats about Mugabe’s massacres in Matabeleland. Like most Western countries at the time, Canada could not be bothered. But Trudeau went a step further, inviting Mugabe to visit Canada even as the massacres were ongoing. And not just for diplomatic niceties and a quick greeting in Ottawa. Trudeau laid on a cross-country tour for Mugabe to be greeted by first ministers across the land. Not a word was spoken about the ruthless repression.

WILL DRONE ATTACK IN SA AFFECT CANADA'S GAS PRICE

   More than five per cent of the global oil production capacity was taken offline following a drone attack in Saudi Arabia.
   Saturday's attack resulted in a temporary cut to Saudi Arabia's oil production output of an estimated 5.7 million barrels – or about half of its total capacity.
   That large of a hit could provide a significant jolt to oil prices around the world – but one analyst says Canadian drivers are well-positioned to avoid sticker shock at the pumps.

VIVE LA FRANCE!

New statistics have revealed that France is now tied with Germany for new asylum applications this year, with over 90,000 migrants attempting to claim asylum in France.

A document from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) claims that France has seen a total of 91,372 asylum applications so far in 2019, just 767 less than Germany over the same period, French newspaper Le Bien Publique reports.

France and Germany combined have taken in roughly 40 per cent of all asylum seekers in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in 2019.

EDUCATING THE IGNORANT ILHAN OMAR

Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, criticized freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her past remarks about 9/11.
"'Some people did something,' said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, to support and justify the creation of CAIR. Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom," Haros said.
   Omar makes herself the victim in her response to Mr. Haros:  “It’s important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of 9/11, [when] many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect,” she added.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

TRUDEAU MISLEADS ON RCMP AND SNC-LAVALIN

   Lilley:  Trudeau wants the public to believe three main things about this issue that are false, and is hoping to confuse the issue so voters dismiss it as too complex and move on.
     He wants you to believe he can’t waive cabinet confidence because the clerk made his decision. That’s not true, he can and he can do it easily.
   He wants you to believe that he has already granted an “unprecedented” waiver to allow people to speak freely. This is false as well. In both the Mike Duffy trial and the Gomery inquiry into the sponsorship scandal, the waiver granted by PMs Harper, Martin and Chretien were more expansive.
    Finally, Trudeau wants you to believe the police are not and were not investigating the actions of his office.

SNC LAVALIN SCANDAL ENDEARS PM TO QUEBEC

Such was the Conservative Party fever dream circa February 2019, in those few bonkers weeks after the Globe and Mail birthed the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Having Liberal cabinet ministers and poohbahs lean on the attorney general, at the apparent behest of the prime minister, to secure a stay out of jail free card for SNC-Lavalin exposed the juiciest of Liberal Party clichés.

For Conservatives, the parallels to another Liberal cockup, the sponsorship scandal, were undeniable and eminently exploitable. Once again, the Liberal Party had demonstrated its bloated sense of entitlement and tendency to flout the rules in order to placate Quebec. LavScam was the new AdScam.

Alas for Conservatives, it hasn't come to pass. Six months later, the biggest scandal to rock Justin Trudeau's government has failed to slacken his party's grip on Quebec. In fact, the Trudeau government's shabby attempts to shield SNC-Lavalin from the wrath of the justice system, rule of law be damned, has probably helped its chances of re-election — in Quebec at the very least.

FIVE EYES ALLIES WATCHING ORTIS CASE

   Members of the Five Eyes intelligence bloc are already raising questions about the type of information accessible to Cameron Ortis as the director of an intelligence unit within the RCMP.  Ortis — a 47-year-old senior intelligence official at the RCMP — was arrested Thursday and appeared in an Ottawa court Friday, facing five counts under the Security of Information Act.
   Little is known about what information he was gathering and to whom he allegedly was preparing to pass it, but sources who knew of Ortis's work said he likely had access to Mountie operations, intelligence dossiers and information from Canada's allies.
   Diplomatic sources said the Five Eyes alliance is waiting for a formal damage assessment from the public safety minister's office, and said some members are already questioning how Ortis was able to hoard information within the RCMP.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

LIBERALS BOASTING TRUDEAU STOOD UP TO TRUMP

   The Liberals are boasting that they stood up to U.S. President Donald Trump in new television ads released Saturday, touting a North American free trade deal that remains in limbo, as a multinational chief executive took credit for a breakthrough in the talks.

Stephen Schwarzman, head of the Blackstone Group, has penned a book in which he says he brokered a deal between Trudeau and Trump that saw the Canadian prime minister make concessions on dairy, according to a report in The Globe and Mail about the book, to be published next week.

Schwarzman claims that Trump had refused to meet with Trudeau while they were both at the UN in New York in September 2018, ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline, and that Trudeau asked him to intervene as NAFTA talks had stalled.

IRANIANS TARGET SAUDI PETROLEUM PROCESSOR

 Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group on Saturday attacked two Saudi Aramco plants at the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility, sparking fires in the latest violent flare-up in the Gulf.

APPEALING QUEBEC'S RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS BAN

As the application of Bill 21, Quebec’s religious symbols ban, comes into sharper focus, a coalition of religious and civil liberties groups is waging a court battle to have the law thrown out.

Ordinarily, the law could be challenged on the grounds that it violates a person’s constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion. But the Coalition Avenir Québec government built the notwithstanding clause into Bill 21, nullifying entire sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Without the Charter to fall back on, the groups are arguing that the religious symbols ban is impermissibly vague, that it infringes on federal jurisdiction, and that it prevents groups of people from participating in democratic institutions.

The groups’ attempt to have the bill suspended was rejected in Superior Court in July, but an appeal is to be heard in November.

HEALTH EMERGENCY: FENTANYL OVERDOSE CRISIS

Local governments across Canada will press the federal government to increase access to safer drugs, and declare a national health emergency in response to the fentanyl-driven overdose crisis, after a motion by Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart was passed Friday.

The motion requires the federation to call on Ottawa to support health authorities, doctors, their professional colleges and provinces to “safely provide regulated opioids and other substances through a free and federally available Pharmacare program.”

The federation will also demand that the federal government declares a national public health emergency and provides exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, so that cities and towns can run pilot programs which prioritize a move toward a “safe” drug supply.

KENNEY'S RESPONSE TO AMNESTY INT'L's ACCUSATIONS

     Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has responded to an open letter from Amnesty International that criticized his government’s aggressive approach in defending the oil and gas industry. The head of Amnesty’s Canadian branch warned that the premier’s efforts have put human rights at risk.
   Kenney writes:  Before responding to your open letter, titled Human rights concerns regarding the Government of Alberta’s “Fight Back Strategy,” I would like to offer a note of sympathy. Honestly, it can’t be easy being the long-time head of Amnesty International Canada (AI), stuck in annoyingly free and peaceful Canada, having to work yourself up into high dudgeon to denounce a democratically-elected government peacefully standing up for its citizens.
   On the other hand, your insistence that the burning human rights threat in Canada right now is – to use your description – the “establishment of an energy ‘war room’ devoted to defending the oil and gas industry in Alberta and a public inquiry into the foreign funding of groups who oppose or criticize energy developments in the province” can hardly pass unchallenged. Relentless misinformed attacks against our oil and gas industry have cost us thousands of jobs and hurt families from every region of our province. The cost in investment and jobs has been incalculable. Our government won the largest democratic mandate in Alberta history in part on a promise to stand up to those attacks. I will not apologize for keeping that promise.

A MIRACLE IN OUR TIME

    Rex Murphy:  Government communication is mostly a contradiction in terms. Leaders have abandoned anything like straight declarations of their opinions or their policies. They hose their replies to questions with torrents of ambiguity. When not deliberately ambiguous and slippery in reply, they adopt an even more callous manner when faced with questions they cannot furnish with glib reply.
However a light flickers; out of this Stygian pit of dead English and greasy equivocation comes a singular government communication — a letter from a leader — that says what it means, says it with clarity and force, and even — this may be unlawful in political communications — has some fun in doing so.
I refer to Jason Kenney’s recent reply to a certain confused and apparently under-worked nuisance at Amnesty International Canada. Said nuisance raised the fraught charge that the Alberta government, in setting up a fund to research the voluminous alarms, thunderbolts, lies and slanders that have for three decades now been hurled upon the workers and industry of Canada’s oilsands by huffy NGOs, various self-declared environmentalists and busybodies of the global warming establishment, is violating “human rights.”

EX-OPP OFFICER SUING FORD GOVERNMENT

A former high-ranking provincial police officer is suing the Ontario government for wrongful dismissal, alleging he was fired for speaking out against attempts to hire a friend of Premier Doug Ford's family as the province's top cop.
Brad Blair also called for a public inquiry into what he alleged was a string of "corrupt" appointments in the Progressive Conservative government.
In his lawsuit, the former deputy commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police also accuses Ford, his former chief of staff and other government bureaucrats of breaching his charter rights and abuse of public office -- allegations that have not been proven in court.

OXYCONTIN BILLIONAIRES HIDING FUNDS

The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York's attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday.
New York -- asking a judge to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers to Purdue and its owners, the Sackler family -- said it has uncovered the previously unknown wire transfers among family members, entities they control and several financial institutions.
The transfers bolster allegations by New York and other states that the Sacklers worked to shield their wealth in recent years because of mounting worries about legal threats.

TRUDEAU DEFENDING HIS INACTION

The weasel word from week one of the campaign was 'counterproductive'.
It would be, as Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has put it every day on the hustings, 'counterproductive' for his government to actively defend Quebecers who are denied the right to wear religious symbols and clothing in public service jobs.
It's far more productive to wait until the votes are counted before deciding if it's safe to challenge Bill 21 legislation in a province where the ban is popular.

Friday, September 13, 2019

TOMMY ROBINSON RELEASED FROM PRISON

Robinson’s imprisonment dates back to a 2018 child rape gang case, which saw Robinson arrested, processed through the courts, and thrown in jail over a matter of just hours for filming and broadcasting images of the defendants on Facebook as they arrived at the building. The judge also imposed reporting restrictions, meaning details of Robinson’s incarceration were kept from the public.

The case was later appealed, with Robinson’s lawyers arguing that the prison sentence for a crime which is normally punished with fines was excessive, and citing procedural deficiencies in the abnormally hastily concluded trial. An appeal court sent Robinson back to jail, the judge remarking the purpose of the incarceration was “the main purpose of the penalty is punishment and deterrence”.

The child rape gang Mr Robinson filmed were subsequently jailed for their “campaign of rape and other sexual abuse” against vulnerable young people.

MAKE TRUDEAU A DRAMA TEACHER AGAIN

   The prime minister has nothing to gain by letting his opponents batter him senseless over the SNC-Lavalin affair. He knew full well that in Toronto on Thursday evening at the leaders' debate they would dredge up all those inconvenient truths that have emerged over the past few months: the unethical pressure on an attorney general; the firing of the same AG and another minister for standing up for the rule of law, an ethics report so damning that the prime minister can’t acknowledge it in full, certainly not to the extent that it warrants an apology. And now reports that the RCMP are investigating possible obstruction of justice charges.

To a question whether pressure had been “applied” to the attorney general Trudeau used the old strawman argument — refute something that had never been alleged. What’s more, he did it three times in almost exactly the same language when pressed on the matter.

But it was hardly likely to get him through a grueling, two-hour debate facing an opposition that would have been delighted to pepper him with question after question on those issues.

ANGRY SEAL AIDS IN $1BILLION DRUG BUST

Australian police busted an international drug smuggling ring, arresting five people in connection with a billion-dollar haul discovered on a tiny Western Australian island. 
And they owe it all to a giant, angry seal. 
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, police found Frenchman Antonine Robert Dicenta, 51, and Briton Kurt Palmer, 34, crouching on Burton Island with over 900 kilograms of crystal meth, cocaine and ecstasy, hidden in bags under a mass of seaweed. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

TRUDEAU HIDING BEHIND OATH OF SECRECY

Did Justin Trudeau threaten to demote Jody Wilson-Raybould from the role of attorney-general unless she intervened to protect SNC-Lavalin from prosecution on corruption charges? The RCMP would like to know, and so would every Canadian.

But this government refuses to release those involved from their oath of secrecy, frustrating the police inquiry and the public will. And so the time has come for Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, her friend and former cabinet colleague, to tell Canadians what they know about the cabinet shuffle that eventually led to their resignations.

Mr. Trudeau and his advisers are hiding behind the convention of protecting cabinet confidences. They must not hide any longer. The national interest dictates that Canadians cast their ballots in this election with full knowledge of what happened behind those very closed doors. It is time for everyone to speak their truth.

ONTARIO LAW SOCIETY REVOKES DIVERSITY RULE

The Law Society of Ontario revoked a rule Wednesday that required its members to spell out their commitment to promoting diversity, but the decision did not quell debate over what the organization can and should do to tackle discrimination.

Those opposed to the rule argued it amounted to unconstitutional, compelled speech, and was beyond the jurisdiction of the regulator.

Supporters, meanwhile, said it was a small but significant step towards eradicating systemic barriers within the profession.

VIOLENCE IN ONTARIO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

A study from the University of Ottawa suggests there has been a sharp increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario’s elementary schools.

A team of researchers surveyed more than 1,600 educators last year to gauge the number of times they encountered violence from students, parents or administrators during the 2017-18 school year.

The researchers found that number had surged nearly seven-fold in the intervening years, with 54 per cent of respondents saying they had experienced physical violence such as punching, kicking or biting — primarily at the hands of students.

The survey found 72 per cent of participants reported explicit verbal insults or obscene gestures from a student, with 41 per cent saying they’d had similar encounters with a parent.

EMPTY CHAIR AT MUNK DEBATE

    In the customarily cynical way that federal election campaigns are orchestrated, it makes perfectly good political sense, from a Liberal party point of view, that Justin Trudeau has refused to participate in Thursday evening’s Maclean’s-Citytv federal leaders’ debate. It isn’t in the public interest to behave this way, of course, but the Liberals aren’t keen on exposing their incumbent prime minister to any campaign milieu, if they don’t have to, that they aren’t effectively stage-managing.
   It makes even better sense, cynically speaking, that Trudeau is refusing to subject himself to the rigour of the Munk Debate on Foreign Policy that the other leaders are attending Oct. 1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. There will be an empty chair in the place where Trudeau should be. This will make him look bad enough, but almost certainly not as bad as Trudeau would make himself look in the attempt to defend his foreign policy record, let alone articulate his plans ahead. Foreign policy is a subject the Liberals would rather we not be thinking about at all.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK NDP DEFECTION FARCE

All week, meanwhile, all across Twitter, in press releases and media appearances, Canada’s fractious left was, as usual, tearing itself apart. New Democrats were accusing Greens of racism. Greens were calling New Democrats bullies. Actual federal leaders were fighting over the fate of former no-hope candidates for the fifth most popular party in a province roughly as large, by population, as the City of Mississauga.

It was the great defection that was, then wasn’t, then was again, sort of. It was the first real bun fight in a federal campaign that had almost officially begun and it was fought between two progressive parties in a place where between them they’d be blessed to win a single seat.

But the real story of the New Brunswick 14 is even stranger and smaller and more personal than the one that leaked out last week in dribs and drabs. It features a spurned leadership, a mother-son political duo, some late-night texting and the final proof, in case any more was needed, that all politics really is incredibly, minutely, mind-numbingly, local in the end.

CONSERVATIVES WIN MANITOBA ELECTION

 Brian Pallister and his Progressive Conservatives went early and won big.
Pallister called an election more than a year before it was scheduled and the vote Tuesday ended with a second consecutive majority government for the Tories.
The party was projected to capture 30-plus seats in the 57-seat legislature with an agenda to continue cutting costs, streamlining health care and reducing taxes.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

SELF-AGGRANDIZING ELIZABETH MAY

   Green Party Leader Elizabeth May doesn't much like politics. She says, in fact, that there are many other jobs she'd rather have.
   So why does she stay in it?
   "Because I have to save the whole world and we're running out of time," she told Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos over lunch last week. "I loved practising law when I practiced law. But I think my job would be the one I was on a path to do before I got involved in politics, which is to be an Anglican priest."

ON THE HUNT FOR IRAN'S OIL TANKERS

While one Iranian tanker is attracting global attention, serious oil watchers remain absorbed by a bigger mystery: the hunt for the rest of Iran’s fleet.
The quest has led to ever more inventive methods of tracking ships, and divergent views on the amounts of crude secretly slipping into world markets. That’s because the vessels have mostly “gone dark” since sanctions were tightened this year, switching off transponders that would reveal their location

Monday, September 9, 2019

OIL CONSUMPTION ON DECLINE

John Kemp, senior market analyst of commodities at Reuters, cites a new report via B.P.'s finance chief that indicates global oil consumption will be less than 1 million barrels per day this year, an ominous sign that the global economy is quickly deteriorating.

Kemp said growth is expected to be less than one million barrels per day (bpd) would represent an increase of less than 1% in global oil consumption and the lowest level of growth since 2014 and before that 2012.

Back then, declining demand was due to elevated oil prices averaging above $100 per barrel in real terms. Now prices trend in the $50-$60 range for WTI, confirming that even with low oil prices, demand is nowhere to be seen.

CHINA HAS LABOUR RULES?

   If the US-China trade war is supposed to be in a ceasefire phase following last week's main news that trade talks will resume in October, Beijing may not have gotten the memo, because late on Sunday futures slipped and Treasury futures jumped after a Bloomberg report that Apple, and its Taiwanese manufacturing partner, Foxconn, had violated a Chinese labor rule by using too many temporary staff in the world’s largest iPhone factory; the Chinese report also alleged - wait for it - harsh working conditions.
   For all those whose heads are shaking, stunning if what they read is true, let us help you - yes, China - that global paragon of equitable labor laws - is accusing the US and Taiwan of substandard labor practices. The claims came from China Labor Watch, which picked a great time to issued its report: just ahead of Apple's upcoming iPhone reveal slated for Tuesday. The non-profit advocacy group investigates conditions in Chinese factories, and says it has uncovered other alleged labor rights violations by Apple partners in the past.

JUST DECLARE TRANS MOUNTAIN CHARADE OVER

    Murphy: Were you to suppose that the purpose of current national energy policy was to chase Alberta out of Confederation (with a big knotty stick), you would have hit up a dismayingly plausible, perhaps the only plausible, explanation for the remorseless stream of blunders, stumbles, harassments, blockades, protests and court rulings that have constituted said “policy” over recent years.
  Certainly more plausible than anything that has escaped the lips of Justin Trudeau recently, anything to be found in the endless tweets of climate crusader Catherine McKenna over the past four years, or in the vapid pronunciamentos, post-Trans Mountain appeals case, of Minister Sohi in the past four days.
   The government has scotched every pipeline, proposed or considered, East or West, with the dispatch and efficiency of the better assassins (i.e., unlike the “hitchhiker” would-be assassin someone took to India). It has super-glued the one pipeline it has vaguely signalled it favours to a trial by combat against triumphalist environmentalism, a labyrinth of judicial reviews, hearings, morbid consultation-itis, jimmied-up protests, useless carbon taxes, the Fata Morgana of social licence, and endless water-torture excruciations of the famed “review process.”

Sunday, September 8, 2019

DESPERATE FOR ATTENTION IN TORONTO


Watch some crazed vegans and transvestites protest the new Toronto Chick-fil-A.

HURRICANE DORIAN LASHES MARITIMES

The Maritimes are recovering from Hurricane Dorian on Sunday, which hit as a strong Category 1 hurricane between Sambro and Terence Bay, N.S., on Saturday, downing trees, power lines and crane in Halifax. 
Over 390,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are still without electricity after Dorian swept through the region with winds up to 140 km/h. Over 55,000 customers in New Brunswick and 50,000 in Prince Edward Island are without power.
The storm is now classified as a post-tropical cyclone and centred near Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence as of 6 a.m. local time.

CANADA PUSHES CHINA ON CANOLA AT WTO

   Canada has requested a formal meeting with China at the World Trade Organization to resolve a Chinese ban on Canadian canola shipments.
    Saskatchewan's Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said Friday the federal move was months overdue.  "We'd been calling for the national government to initiate the WTO challenge from virtually Day 1 of the Chinese decision to exclude canola into their market," said Harrison.   "If they had initiated it in April, when I think was when we first asked them to do that, that would have been six months further along in this process than we are right now."
   

LAWSUIT AGAINST MUELLER RE 9/11 SA INVOLVEMENT

   Robert Mueller - pitched as an incorruptible beacon of justice when he was tasked with (unsuccessfully) hunting down ties between Donald Trump and Russia - was nothing more than a hatchet man for the deep state, who participated in a coverup of Saudi Arabia's role in 9/11 according to a new report by the New York Post's Paul Sperry - citing former FBI investigators and a new lawsuit by 9/11 victims.
  According to Sperry, Mueller stonewalled after FBI agents discovered evidence of "multiple, systemic efforts by the Saudi government to assist the hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks," while the former FBI director allegedly "covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh — and may have even misled Congress about what he knew."

Saturday, September 7, 2019

GOVERNMENT SECTOR SICK DAYS

 The Canadian Taxpayers Federation today released an analysis comparing days lost to sickness or disability in the government and private sectors, showing that bureaucrats take far more sick days than their counterparts outside of government.
“The discrepancy is consistent and clear: for some reason, government bureaucrats are taking far more sick days than the rest of us,” said CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick.
Data from Statistics Canada shows that in 2018, federal government employees took an average of 12.2 sick days per year, compared to the national private sector average of just 6.9 days, a difference of 77 per cent. 
“Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for government employee salaries,” said Wudrick. “So the fact illness appears to be striking bureaucrats with such frequency, preventing them from doing the jobs they are paid to do, seems worth looking into.”

ALBERTANS BENEFIT FROM CARBON TAX REPEAL

  The repeal of the carbon tax in Alberta has had one indisputable beneficiary: Albertans. Alberta’s Premier introduced the repeal bill in May as one of his first actions in office, arguing the tax imposed on families an undue burden with no significant environmental benefit.

In theory, the carbon-pricing scheme was supposed to internalize externalities, decrease fossil-fuel consumption, and incentivize alternative energy. In practice, over the course of a single year, it cost individuals $286 and couples $388, on average. Couples with two children paid $508.

And these stiff prices did not account for indirect burdens arising through more expensive groceries further inflated by higher transportation costs to the Prairie province.

As well, the carbon tax, which went into effect in 2017, set back Alberta businesses by $1.4 billion per year, a downer for investment and job growth.

COMMUNISM & CHINA'S IMPERIAL AMBITION

   When Xi came to power in 2012, he centralized control in a single person in a way not seen since the days of Mao. In a speech in 2013, Xi made clear that China had moved its goalposts and that its imperial ambitions had been revived. He announced the policy of the “Chinese Dream” and reaffirmed Deng’s “Socialism with Chinese characteristics.”
   For twenty years, Trump has been warning about the danger of China. Even now, critics only see the tariffs as a form of outdated protectionism by an economically illiterate buffoon. However, while America and the West only saw the rise of China as something unequivocally positive and a path into the civilized world, Trump was among the earliest to see the signs of something sinister brewing. The tariffs are part of a retaliatory economic warfare.
    Rather than learn the principles of liberty from the West, China has used the extended hand and goodwill of America to steal, cheat, and infiltrate. Its increased wealth has reawakened the “Chinese Dream” of “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” We now know what they mean by that: a return to Chinese imperialism.

ENTRENCHED POLITICAL FIGURES WANT STATUS QUO

Mansour invited Olsen’s comments regarding the UK’s ongoing political impasse, in which Britain’s House of Commons — led by a majority coalition of minority parties headed by Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn — refused to allow for a general election in defiance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government’s wishes.
Olsen also linked institutional obstruction of Brexit with a broader global phenomenon of entrenched political figures resisting popular demands from the public.

NO SUBMISSIONS OR EVIDENCE FROM LIBERALS

Perhaps the most surprising part of this week’s court ruling allowing six challenges of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to proceed was a section near the end of the decision that said the government had taken no position on the matter.

Ottawa’s decision not to oppose the challenges from Indigenous groups at this stage of the process has confused legal experts and attracted criticism from some who say the government isn’t doing enough to get the project built.

It also seems to have surprised Federal Court of Appeal Justice David Stratas, who wrote in his decision, released Wednesday, that the federal government “offered no submissions or evidence to assist the Court.”

CONTROLLING CITIES' RAT POPULATIONS

The New York traps were tested on the local borough hall grounds — each one costing between $300 to $400 — but of the five laid, only four remained. One giant rat even managed to destroy a device.

“He was sticking out of the unit,” an employee told Gothamist. “First time I’ve seen that.”

Outside the building, a man displayed the noxious rat slurry, featuring floating alcohol-logged corpses. He submerged a ladle resembling a pooper scooper into the lethal bath, and extracted one carcass after another in a sick display.

Warning: the following video is pretty gross.

TORONTO'S PERPETUALLY OFFENDED SNOWFLAKES

Sooner or later, it is looking like a judge will have to consider whether Land Of The Silver Birch is in fact “racist and inappropriate,” as the principal of Toronto’s High Park Alternative School declared in an alleged libel of her music teacher, or whether that charge is an overblown case of political correctness.

Violet Shearer, the music teacher, chose it for the Grade 1 to 4 choir to sing at the 2016 Spring Concert, which was on the theme of home, and included recorded pre-show music by Lynyrd Skynrd (Sweet Home Alabama) and John Denver (Take Me Home, Country Roads).

To say it did not go over well is an understatement. There had already been complaints from parents. One would later write to the Toronto Star about concerns children were being told to “‘play Indian,’ an act that is historically racist and part of the process of colonization. Our kids were not taught any historical context. During the performance, some kids had hand drums and others were directed to make animal calls as accompaniment.”

CANADA: PROGRESSIVES' DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

In an homage to the Black Panther comic book hero, Minhaj ends the segment by telling Trudeau he is the White Panther presiding over WaKanada and that our country is “a proving ground for whether progressive policies can work.”

Think about that: the progressives of the world want Canada to be a demonstration project, proving that we can support mass immigration, eliminate poverty, offer free health care to all, maintain pristine landscapes, while choking off the principal source of wealth that allows us to accomplish all those things.

As I said, I almost felt sorry for Trudeau. But he’s to blame for the pickle we find ourselves in, by raising expectations that could never possibly have been met. No wonder celebrities think we live in a movie.

THE OVER REACHING POWERS OF CA'S

   In 2017, they built their dream home, on a seemingly ideal country lot — 3.6 acres ringed by trees, with a pond and wetland at the rear, where the deer and the waterfowl played.
   They moved into the 2,000 sq.-ft. home on the outskirts of Carp, off Richardson Side Road, on Aug. 31 that year. Only a month later, on Oct. 1 — with the paint barely dry — the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority enacted new regulations covering smaller wetlands, anything larger than 1.2 acres, rules that came with significant land-use limitations.
   Their dream property, a $700,000 investment, was now in handcuffs. Yet they were in the dark.

Friday, September 6, 2019

ROBERT MUGABE DEAD

Mugabe was feted as a champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.

Nearly four decades later, many at home and abroad denounced him as a power-obsessed autocrat willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of control.

When he was ousted by his own armed forces in November 2017, his resignation triggered wild celebrations across the country of 13 million. For Mugabe, it was an “unconstitutional and humiliating” act of betrayal by his party and people.

SMEAR CAMPAIGN OF SUNNY WAYS PARTY

  This is where Trudeau’s words arrive to spoil the fun. A 2011 interview with Trudeau quickly surfaced in which he expressed anger that anyone would question his ability to support gay rights and abortion laws despite adhering to his Catholic faith.
“Trudeau added that neither he nor his father saw any incongruity between enshrining the rights of gays and lesbians, for example, and the tenets of Catholicism. He notes that he is personally very opposed to abortion, but still believes nobody can tell a woman what she should do with her body.
   So there you have it: Justin Trudeau can be a good Catholic while supporting abortion rights, but Scheer can’t be allowed to let his own faith go unquestioned. Liberals can run government policies that differ from their personal beliefs, but Conservatives can’t be trusted to do so. Trudeau’s faith is between him and God, but Scheer’s is open to public doubt. It’s inappropriate for a Conservative MP to ask Trudeau about his religious views, but it’s perfectly fine that veteran Liberal Ralph Goodale released a recording of Scheer talking about his.

GOVERNMENT LAND EXPROPRIATION

   Some of the last major groups of Western chorus frogs in Quebec live in the region of La Prairie, on Montreal’s South Shore. There, the tiny, elusive frogs have caused a years-long dispute after the federal government in 2016 issued an unprecedented emergency order to halt development on two square kilometres of land to protect their habitat. The decision was lauded by environmental groups, but raised the ire of developers, the city of La Prairie, and the provincial environment minister, who suggested it was an example of Ottawa meddling in provincial affairs.
   Now, three years after the order was issued, one developer is going to court next week to fight for compensation for the land he claims the government has effectively expropriated, even as Ottawa says it has yet to make a decision about whether payment is necessary.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

ENTITLEMENTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

   Last February the Sudbury, Ont., branch of Chapters abruptly cancelled an upcoming book-signing event. A clue to its decision may be found in the politically incorrect title of the book in question, by area lawyer Peter Best: There Is No Difference: An Argument for the Abolition of the Indian Reserve System and Special Race-based Laws and Entitlements for Canada’s Indians.
    Few and far between are disinterested scholars of Canada’s Aboriginal history who have the tough hide and principled will to publicly depart from the approved Indigenous “nation-to-nation” narrative that keeps the guilt and money flowing, but perpetuates a dysfunctional status quo on many reserves. Most of the dissenters are university academics. But Best is simply an intelligent man with a passion for his subject, a deep impatience with political correctness, and unremitting determination to weather whatever storms afflict him as he shepherds his views to a public market.

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM

The Trudeau government has picked a trusted economic adviser as its new ambassador to China.

Dominic Barton will be heading to Beijing to take on the role after the Chinese government formally accepted his appointment.

"It is an honour to be appointed as Canada's Ambassador to China. The relationship between Canada and China is an important one, and I will work hard to represent our great country and to resolve the challenges that currently exist," Barton said in a statement.

HORGAN & TRUDEAU FAWNING & GUSHING

Whenever I sit down with John, I’m reminded how much progress can be made for middle-class Canadians when forward-thinking governments work together,” Trudeau gushed.

“Thank you, John, for your leadership, your partnership and your friendship over these past years. We’ve been able to get big things done.”

“The prime minister and I have found common cause on a variety of issues,” Horgan fawned back, noting their solidarity on fighting climate change (notwithstanding their stark disagreement over the Trans Mountain pipeline, conveniently not mentioned).

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

UK GOV'T OPPOSITION VOTES AGAINST ELECTION

British Prime Minister mocked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to support a general election, taunting the hard-left figure for being the first opposition leader in British history to vote in favour of the government not being dissolved.

Backbench Conservatives shouted that Mr Corbyn was a “frit” Wednesday evening, after a government motion to call an early general election failed to pass by the required two-thirds majority.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has called for a general election almost daily for two years, but quickly changed his tune when the government actually proposed having one, saying instead that now was not the right time.

EXPOSING THE HYPOCRITE PM TRUDEAU

In the latest episode of his satirical news show Patriot Act, comedian Hasan Minhaj lays bare Canada’s hypocrisy on the environment, Quebec’s secularism bill on religious symbols, and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. He calls out Trudeau on the disparities between the prime minister’s progressive sound bites and his actual policy.

ISIL USING COW BOMBS

ISIL has been reluctant to use humans to carry bombs because of the group’s reduced numbers, so it has tried out a new tactic: Bovine suicide bombers.

Residents of Al Islah, Iraq, on Saturday said they had witnessed “a strange” sight: two cows harnessed to explosive vests roving the northern side of the village, according to Col. Ghalib Al-Atyia, the spokesman for the police commander in Diyala province.

The animals wandered into the outskirts of the community, and when they seemed close to houses, the bombs were detonated remotely, killing the cows, and damaging nearby houses, but not harming any people, Al-Atyia said.

BOYLE A VICTIM OF COLEMAN'S MENTAL INSTABILITY

   Flatly denying allegations of physical and sexual assault leveled against him by his estranged wife, former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle told court Wednesday that he was the victim of her mental instability, her violent “fits” and her impossible demands for sex.

   Taking the witness stand at the launch of the defence case, Boyle even suggested that Caitlan Coleman may have been responsible for bringing them to the attention of Islamic extremists in October 2012.

ONTARIO TEACHERS IN FEAR-MONGERING ROLE

   Lilley: Did you hear about thousands of teachers being fired in previous years? No, because that’s not how the system works. As with previous years, the overwhelming majority of teachers that received surplus notices in the spring have now been hired back.

The hysteria around those notices was nothing but fear mongering ahead of contract talks.
I can’t blame the teachers for trying, they have it pretty good and they were treated very well by the previous Liberal government.

Between 2004 and 2018, the Liberals more than doubled education spending. And even though the number of students enrolled in Ontario’s schools saw a drop of more than 109,000 students, we still hired an additional 13,000 teachers and 9,000 ECE workers to look after those students.

ALBERTA FACES A CRITICAL FINANCIAL SITUATION

The UCP government’s four-year mandate could include performance-based education funding, legislated public service salaries, project costs downloaded onto municipalities and private services in health care, if it adopts a host of recommendations contained in a government-ordered report unveiled Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

POLAND LOOKS FOR TRUSTED 5G SUPPLIERS

Amid what's become a global showdown of sorts between the US and Huawei, the US and Poland on Monday inked a new deal to cooperate on new 5G technology which could eventually lead to a ban on China's Huawei from the East European country. The agreement puts in place a “careful and complete evaluation” of any companies seeking to install 5G components and software:
     “We believe that all countries must ensure that only trusted and reliable suppliers participate in our networks to protect them from unauthorized access or interference.”
    Vice President Mike Pence signed the deal in place of President Trump — who cancelled the planned trip over the Hurricane Dorian emergency — with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, as part of continuing efforts at keeping Huawei out of Europe over fears it's using its advanced 5G networks to enable Chinese state spying.

Monday, September 2, 2019

UK PM JOHNSON MEANS TO KEEP HIS PROMISE

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shown some phenomenal political nerve in first shutting down parliament, and then insisting on party discipline on penalty of expulsion from the wets and wobblies in his Tory Party who'd rather drag the Brexit farce out to keep Britain caged within the EU just a little longer. He's got his eyes on the prize, knowing that it's his job to ensure that Britain can leave the European Union as British voters demanded. Like President Trump, he means to keep his promises.
What's vivid now is that a whole lot of things he probably didn't expect -- and had nothing to do with -- are starting to fall into place for him from the outside.

EDMONTON DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY

   Edmonton has declared a state of climate emergency as part of its urgent response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  This was a clear wake-up call to take action now and Mayor Don Iveson said part of the process is accepting the crisis for what it is.
  “This is an emergency and it requires our attention and our urgent care at the local level as well as the national and planetary level to respond to this crisis because the clock is ticking and we don’t have long,” Iveson told reporters after the 10-3 city council vote Tuesday morning. Councillors Jon Dziadyk, Mike Nickel and Tony Caterina voted against the emergency declaration.

USA & CHINA CONTINUE TRADE WAR: MORE TARIFFS

The biggest reason for last week's torrid stock market rally was rekindled "optimism" that the escalating trade war between the US and China may be on the verge of another ceasefire following phone conversations, fake as they may have been, between the US and Chinese side. This translated into speculation that a new round of tariffs increases slated for this weekend may not take place or be delayed.
However, that did not happen, and with no trade deal in sight, at 12:00am on Sunday, the Trump administration slapped tariffs on $112 billion in Chinese imports, the latest escalation in a trade war that’s ground the global economy to a halt, sent Germany into a recession, and given the market an alibi to keep rising because, wait for it, "a trade deal is imminent."
Only, it isn't, and 1 minute later, at 12:01am EDT, China retaliated with higher tariffs being rolled out in stages on a total of about $75 billion of U.S. goods. The target list strikes at the heart of Trump’s political support - factories and farms across the Midwest and South at a time when the U.S. economy is showing signs of slowing down.

UN FLIES 4,000 ANTI FOSSIL FUEL SJWs TO UTAH

The UN brags that up to 4,000 people are likely to attend, representing more 300 nongovernmental organizations (read, environmental activist groups) and more than 80 countries. There is no compelling agenda, no compelling actions items, and no expected meaningful outcome from the conference. It is simply an opportunity for leftist global activists to get together and express outrage about economic freedom and the existential global climate disruption that is the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced – surpassing Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, the Black Plague, smallpox, AIDS, and the threat of nuclear war combined.

HURRICANE DORIAN HAMMERS BAHAMAS

Hurricane Dorian wrought devastation on the Bahamas Sunday night into Monday morning as it hammered the small Caribbean nation with sustained winds of 180 mph, and some gusts ranging up to 220 mph. The Category 5 storm inflicted massive amounts of property damage and destroying critical components of the Bahamanian infrastructure.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

80 YEARS SINCE HITLER'S TANKS INVADED POLAND

   Breathtaking images showing Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939, which sparked off the Second World War, have been released to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
     The invasion began on September 1, 1939, when Adolf Hitler's troops broke through Polish border crossings and launched naval, air and army attacks on the Westerplatte peninsula in the Bay of Danzig.
     Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3rd - triggering a six-year conflict which tore Europe apart and left 70 million people dead.

WHINING AT ONTARIO'S PIG TROUGH

That was the Wynne Liberals spending $40 million per day more than they were making, and paying $34 million per day to service the ever-increasing debt they were sticking to Ontario taxpayers.

That’s a major reason for hallway medicine and why medical wait times are so long.

That’s why repairs to schools and public housing take forever and why there aren’t enough hospital beds or subsidized daycare spaces.

THE ATTENTION-SEEKING KIM CAMPBELL

As the U.S. east coast from Florida to the Carolinas was preparing for the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, Campbell didn’t offer words of support or encouragement for those who might be in its path.

She offered no comfort to those agonizing over whether and where to flee.

Instead, obsessed by her scorn for Trump and his Florida resort, she tweeted: “I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar-a-Lago.”

Campbell has since deleted the post, saying it was a single mistake and she only intended to be sarcastic.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

RBC & TD BANK PAY $23M SETTLEMENT

    Canada’s two biggest banks, Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank, have agreed to pay almost $23 million in total to settle allegations that their traders used confidential customer information to gain a potential advantage in foreign exchange transactions that took place between 2011 and 2013.
   Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission had alleged the banks failed to have sufficient supervision and controls in their foreign exchange trading business, which allowed the inappropriate sharing of confidential customer information by foreign exchange traders with traders at competing firms in electronic “chat rooms.”
   As a result, for more than three years, “traders were free to engage in self-serving behaviour that put the banks’ economic interests ahead of their customers, other market participants and the integrity of the capital markets,” he said.

PM'S LEGALISM-FROM-THE-MOUNT

   Rex Murphy:  Speaking in British Columbia on the jumped-up controversy the Liberals have sprung on Andrew Scheer, on the frightfully current topics of abortion and same-sex marriage, the legal-ethicist PM had this to say: “It’s not enough to reluctantly support the law because it’s a law.” (The italicizing is mine; the stress on reluctantly was his.)
   Now there’s something Blackstone overlooked. None of the reporters present for this legalism-from-the-mount had the presence of mind to follow up with: “In the matter of obeying the law, what degree of zest and enthusiasm is sufficient? Is it enough to be … not exactly reluctant, but only OK with the law? Or, for example, should you throw a small party and maybe a little dance before you stick to the speed limit? Just to show you’re really on board with driving under 90K? Will there be a test for enthusiasm?”
    Were we to seriously adopt this innovative idea of abiding within the law, we could ask Mr. Trudeau himself: Are you only reluctantly not taking freebie trips to the Aga Khan’s private island? Are you now only reluctantly not attempting to interfere with the attorney general and the Public Prosecution Service? Did you stop doing those things because you were caught out, or because you had an enthusiastic awakening and are now nearly ecstatic leaving the attorney general to follow his conscience without outside pressure and interference?

Friday, August 30, 2019

ILHAN OMAR; SHE CAN RUN, BUT SHE CAN'T HIDE

  Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Thursday scurried away from a New York Post reporter asking about her alleged affair with Tim Mynett, a married political consultant to whom she’s paid tens of thousands of dollars.
   Federal campaign finance records show Omar’s campaign has paid nearly $230,000 to Mynett’s consulting firm since 2018.
   On Wednesday, Omar was hit with a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that alleges the congresswoman used campaign funds to pursue her alleged affair with Mynett. According to FEC filings, the Minnesota Democrat’s campaign issued eight payments totaling $21,547 to E. Street Group for travel fees between April and June.

Dr. Beth Mynett says her cheating spouse, Tim Mynett, told her in April that he was having an affair with the Somali-born US representative — and that he even made a “shocking declaration of love” for the Minnesota congresswoman before he ditched his wife, alleges the filing, submitted in DC Superior Court on Tuesday.