Sunday, January 20, 2019


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


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


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


Why Climate Change Would Have Alarmed Dr. Martin Luther King

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

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


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


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

Saturday, January 19, 2019


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


   The federal government is likely to own the Trans Mountain pipeline until the political risks facing the project are safely past — certainly until after the coming election, Finance Minister Bill Morneau told CBC News.
  Meanwhile, Indigenous groups in Canada say they are serious about buying the pipeline and they want Ottawa to start getting serious about it too.
  "We still need some love from the minister of finance, but I'm certain we'll get it through co-operation and communication," said Chief Mike LeBourdais in an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House.


  She waited, knocked a couple of times, then opened the door, where she saw another nurse sitting on the toilet with an ampoule of the painkiller Hydromorphone sideways in her mouth, as if she had just injected herself.
  This was among the earliest pieces of proof that the nurse, identified in legal records only as DS, had for two years been stealing opioids for her own use and falsifying medical records in order to conceal the thefts.
  Now, in a decision that has ignited debate over whether addiction truly is a medical disease, a labour arbitrator has ordered the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to give DS her job back, and to compensate her financially for her unfair dismissal, including general damages for “injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.”


   Blatchford: It never occurred to me that traditional masculinity could be harmful, as the American Psychological Association recently proclaimed, or toxic, as movements such as #MeToo and ads like the controversial Gillette commercial released this week suggest.
   The commercial shows two sorts of boys and men — those behaving badly (by bullying, resorting to physical violence and sexist behaviour) and those behaving well (by intervening, by being gentle, by calling out other men).
   Well, my late father was of course many things, but what he was mostly was a preposterously gentle man.
  He was truly of his generation, the so-called “Greatest Generation,” in that he subsumed his personal needs pretty much his whole life for those of family, friends, country. He’d disagree with that description, of course, because it never felt like sacrifice to him and he had tremendous capacity for joy.


   Justin Trudeau’s government is still conducting its security review of 5G telecommunications systems and is months away from a decision on whether to restrict Huawei Technologies Co., people familiar with the plans say.
   Canadian security agencies continue to study the issue, including what potential security vulnerabilities exist, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly. That review could lead to a particular company, such as Huawei, being restricted or banned.
   The people are divided on how soon a decision will come. One said it’s expected before Trudeau seeks a second mandate in October’s election, while another said they expected it by the end of March. Another ruled out anything in the coming weeks, while several stressed that the timing remains fluid.


  Canadians may never know the details of an elaborate scheme orchestrated by engineering giant SNC Lavalin to funnel more than $117,000 to two federal political parties after one of the key players quietly pleaded guilty a few weeks ago.
  Normand Morin, the 76-year-old former vice-president of the company, took advantage of a routine court appearance in late November to plead guilty to two of five charges of contravening Canada's election financing rules. The prosecution dropped the remaining three charges.
  Morin was given 60 days to pay $2,000 in fines.
   SNC Lavalin has been involved in corruption for many years, around the world.


  Those giant piles of ice shavings outside local skating rinks may seem inviting on a warm, snow-barren day — but, in fact, they're full of nasty human excretions.
  The leftover snow from Zambonis is a biohazard that may contain, among other things, human blood, saliva, mucus, bile, sweat, vomit and urine, says the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association.
  The non-profit network of recreation centres is asking its members across the province to put up fencing and warning signs near the piles, which folks have a tendancy to use for decorating, playing, or even cooling food.


  Two men in West Africa are accused of posing as a woman online to blackmail former Conservative MP Tony Clement with sexually explicit photos he sent them.
  Clement, who is married with three children, admitted in November to sending explicit images and video to someone he believed was a consenting woman but turned out to be what he called a "foreign actor."
  Government officials in the Ivory Coast allege that the two men created fake profiles on Instagram and LinkedIn pretending to be a white woman named “Brianna Dounia.” They allegedly used the accounts to correspond with Clement and a French citizen.
  Once in possession of the explicit images, the suspects allegedly demanded $50,000 Euros -- equivalent to $75,000 -- and threatened to release the content if Clement didn’t pay up


Rex Murphy:  Environmentalist opposition and obstruction is what created the political and public atmosphere that enabled or gave plausible justification for the blizzard of regulations, endless hearings, court challenges and judgments that led to the cancellation or abandonment of pipeline projects and contributed to Fort McMurray’s precarious state after both the fire and the price decline. All of these elements combined to rob Alberta and Canada of billions of dollars of needed revenue and tens of thousands of jobs, incited dangerous tensions in the Confederation, and stimulated foreign donations to professional anti-oil activists in their campaign to kill the oilsands and impede and obstruct any element of energy development.


  Canadian drug trafficker Stephen Tello, known as “Catboy,” came within a whisker of being murdered on the orders of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who suspected the former real estate agent was stealing from him.
  To do the hit, Guzman’s team singled out the Hells Angels.
  That’s according to stunning court testimony this week from Hildebrando Alexander Cifuentes-Villa, or “Alex,” who took the stand against his old boss El Chapo and outlined extensive links between Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel, Colombia’s Cifuentes-Villa crime family, and major Canadian cities.

Friday, January 18, 2019


  Canada's most populous province has launched a sweeping review of a law protecting endangered species in order to find "efficiencies for businesses."
   Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government announced the review of the provincial Endangered Species Act through a new discussion paper released Friday afternoon by the provincial Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
  Environment Minister Rod Phillips said in a statement that this would improve the "effectiveness" of environmental protections and find a "balanced approach" to boost the environment and the economy.


   In 2016, Dughmosh claimed she left Canada and flew to Istanbul. From there, she traveled across Turkey to the Syrian border — the same route taken by thousands of Western terrorists who joined ISIS.
  She was stopped, however, at the Turkish border with Syria. According to the statement of facts, her brother alerted authorities that she was overseas and trying to join ISIS, and Turkish officials were able to intervene.
  She was detained and sent back to Canada, where she was questioned by the RCMP. Remarkably, the RCMP decided to “put aside” her case. No charges were ever laid.


   Hurricane Hazel McCallion will serve as a special advisor on municipal issues to Premier Doug Ford and Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark.
   A statement issued by the government Friday said she will be paid up to $150,000 a year for her advice.
   “Housing is one of our government’s top priorities and I’m looking forward to having Hazel McCallion support our work on the Housing Supply Action Plan,” Clark said in a statement. “This advice, combined with the input we’re receiving through the government’s housing supply consultation, will help ensure that the people of Ontario have access to the right kind of housing in the right place.”


  A 101-year-old hunter in Mississippi is still at it, and even dropped two deer with one shot.
   Veteran hunter Bertha Vickers made the twofer during her first successful hunt at age 101, the Clarion Ledger reported. Getting two in one a few days after her Jan. 9 birthday was a complete accident, and the first time she’d ever done it, Vickers said.


  Liberal cabinet members begin the final day of a three-day retreat today, wrestling with how to advance a green economy — and how to sell it to the Canadian electorate.
  Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the Liberals want to learn more about how to promote regional prosperity, and make an "economic argument" for tackling climate change.
  "We're going to be talking about how we can present for Canadians our plan for continuing to face up to those real anxieties that middle class Canadians face," he said late Thursday after cabinet heard from the co-chairs of a government-appointed advisory council on climate change on the importance of investing in clean technology and spurring innovation.


   Anyone in Canada who knows anything about the target on the back of Canadian oil and gas knows the name Vivian Krause. Everyone else should.
  Krause’s name has become synonymous with the fight against the concerted effort by U.S. oil interests working to land-lock Canadian oil and gas by using environmental groups to protest against the industry with the stated aim of grinding development to a halt. Krause is a one-woman wrecking crew to the wall of secrecy behind that foreign plan, which she has almost single-handedly exposed by painstakingly following the money trail.


  A Toronto-area woman who admitted to attacking workers at a Canadian Tire store with a golf club and butcher knife in an effort to help ISIL was found guilty of several terror charges Thursday following an unusual trial in which the accused largely declined to participate.
   Jurors deliberated for just over an hour before delivering the verdict in the case of Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in July 2017 after the attack at a mall in east Toronto.
  Dughmosh initially faced a total of 21 charges, but in the end she faced four, including two counts of assault with a weapon and one of carrying a weapon — all in the name of ISIL.


    China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting international support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.
   Ambassador Lu Shaye said last month's arrest of a top Huawei Technologies executive was an act of "backstabbing" by a friend and he warned of repercussions if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network.
   He said it would be a bad idea for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to use next week's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to press for support against China.


  Changes coming to the Ontario student grant and loan program would see tighter eligibility rules and the end of a six-month interest grace period to pay back the borrowed money.
  The former Liberal government’s “free tuition” program — lower income students received grants to cover the full tuition cost — will come to an end as students will be expected to contribute a portion either directly or through loans.
  However, almost all domestic college and university students would see their tuition drop by 10% this upcoming school year and, in a move called the Student Choice Initiative, be allowed to opt out of many student fees that are now mandatory.


  Under the current system, all healthcare dollars flow to the LHINs and are then dispersed to local hospitals, care clinics, doctors offices, etc.
  Now, thanks to the LHINs, there are more bureaucrat paper-pushers involved in your health care than there are frontline family doctors.
   “Nowhere in the world has it ever been shown that increasing bureaucracy improves frontline patient care,” said Dr. Kulvinder Gill, president of Concerned Ontario Doctors.


   As Wilson-Raybould observed in her record-polishing rant, she fearlessly spoke truth to power and considers accelerating indigenous reconciliation her primary motivation for being in politics. For being less than fawning on the file, she paid the price.
   This underlines the reality of cabinet ministers, a reality that is not unique to the Trudeau government. The "honorable" title doesn't mean they are free to freelance. The only measure of their performance is enacting orders and stuffing a sock in any personal disagreement.
  The sheer transparency of this demotion underlines how egregious was her off-script behavior  viewed from on high. They must've calculated sending the message of blind obedience to lower levels was worth the nasty optics of knocking down a woman who was the most senior Indigenous minister in Canadian history.
   In the end, Jody Wilson-Raybould forgot the golden commandment of ministerial life: What the prime minister giveth in government cars, drivers, pay premiums and sycophantic support staff, he can taketh away without explanation or justification.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


   A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy.
   The Association of Davie Shipbuilding Suppliers is demanding the federal government include the Davie shipyard, in Levis, Que., in the policy and plans to make it a major issue in the October federal election.
  It is hoping to use its extensive membership and thousands of associated jobs to put pressure on the government in an election year to direct the building of additional coast guard ships exclusively to the Quebec yard, one of the oldest in the country.


A person of "national security concern" was granted permanent residency "due to a series of failures" by the Canadian border agency and immigration department.

In light of the incident, both departments have had to introduce changes in what the public safety minister's office is calling a "completely unacceptable" mistake.

The changes were outlined in a briefing note sent by Canada Border Services Agency president John Ossowski to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in early 2018 regarding the 2017 error.


Newly-appointed Attorney General David Lametti in a paper written as a McGill law professor defended blatant music piracy as ethical “whatever the law”: “Everyone is doing it,” he wrote. Lametti yesterday did not comment.
“Everyone is doing it, and it is not necessarily theft, piracy or even wrong,” Lametti wrote in a 2011 paper The Virtuous P(eer): Reflections On The Ethics Of File Sharing. “It may be beneficial to one’s emotional and social development, and thus justified, ethical and virtuous.”
MPs are conducting a statutory review of the Copyright Act to curb costly theft blamed for billions in losses. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in a submission to the Commons industry committee called Canada a world leader in online copyright theft.


   Rempel said Wang approached her party, wanting to run in the 2019 federal election.
  “The Conservative Party of Canada said no to this candidate over a year ago,” she said. “There was a reason for that.”
  Rempel would not specify what that reason was.


  The Liberal candidate running against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Metro Vancouver byelection has bowed out of the race after singling out Singh’s ethnicity in an online post.
  “If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the byelection, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this byelection is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!” she said, according to the newspaper’s translation.
  She said in her statement Wednesday that she has decided to step aside after speaking with her supporters.


What they're not telling you about the yellow vests.
The left despises the working class.
In his latest video, Paul Joseph Watson delivers his insights into the "yellow vest" protests currently roiling Paris. 


   U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed.
  Trump nominated EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler last week to run the agency permanently, seeking a strong advocate for his pro-fossil fuels agenda - a choice that cheered business interests and drawn scorn from environmentalists.
  “I would not call it the greatest crisis,” Wheeler said at his confirmation hearing when asked if he believed the increasingly urgent warnings from scientists about the threats from global warming.


  The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei is thanking Canada’s justice system for the kind treatment of his daughter, the company’s chief financial officer arrested last month in Vancouver on a U.S. warrant.
 In a rare meeting with foreign reporters, Ren Zhengfei said he believes there will be a just conclusion to the case of his daughter, Meng Wanzhou, who is awaiting extradition to New York State.


Ren also said that he saw no connection between his daughter’s detention and the arrest of two Canadians by Chinese authorities on national security charges


  Stocks were hit just after 3:30pm when the WSJ reported that Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China’s Huawei Technologies - whose CFO was arrested late last year and is pending extradition to the US - for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, "including the technology behind a robotic device called “Tappy” that T-Mobile US Inc. used to test smartphones."
  As the WSJ reports, the criminal investigation grew in part out of civil lawsuits against Huawei, "including one in which a Seattle jury found Huawei liable for misappropriating robotic technology from T-Mobile’s."
  The probe is said to be at an advanced stage and could lead to an indictment soon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


  In sworn testimony, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress last month that his company does not “manually intervene” on any particular search result. Yet an internal discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News reveals Google regularly intervenes in search results on its YouTube video platform – including a recent intervention that pushed pro-life videos out of the top ten search results for “abortion.”
 The term “abortion” was added to a “blacklist” file for “controversial YouTube queries,” which contains a list of search terms that the company considers sensitive. According to the leak, these include some of these search terms related to: abortion, abortions, the Irish abortion referendum, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and anti-gun activist David Hogg.
  The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an internal Google discussion thread leaked to Breitbart News by a source inside the company who wishes to remain anonymous. A partial list of blacklisted terms was also leaked to Breitbart by another Google source.


   LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday and then appealed to MPs from across the political divide to come together to try to break the impasse on a Brexit divorce agreement.
  MPs voted 325 to 306 that they had confidence in May’s government, just 24 hours after handing her European Union withdrawal deal a crushing defeat that left Britain’s exit from the bloc in disarray.
  After the results of the confidence vote were announced to cheers from her Conservative MPs, May said she believed parliament had a duty to find a solution that delivered on the 2016 Brexit referendum result.


  Immigration is likely to be the hot-button issue in the next federal election.
  The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration.
  One can understand why. Because of his Kumbaya, “post-nationalist” susceptibility to the blandishments of one-worldist ideals, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is perceived by many Canadians as lacking the ability (or even the desire) to maintain bright lines among the very separate categories of immigrants, refugees and migrants. Refugees and migrants are big topics, to be sure, but immigration is, policy-wise, the big enchilada.


   Former New Democrat MP Svend Robinson is attempting a political comeback, nearly 15 years after his theft of an expensive diamond ring brought an end to his decades-long career.
“I am running first and foremost to put climate change and global warming at the top of our political agenda, to demand that we mobilize the same way nationally that we mobilize to fight a war,” he said.
  “Only this time, it’s a war to save our planet, a war in which there are no casualties, no lives lost, but a war that’s going to save lives, a war for our children’s future.”


  Several freshman Democrat members of the new House of Representatives majority have turned on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her steadfast refusal to fund President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and are instead seeking for Democrats to cut a deal on the wall with Trump.


Since 2002 when NFU members passed a resolution urging Canada to ratify the Kyoto Accord, we have been officially calling for meaningful, fair and effective national and international action to address climate change, and for policies that allow farmers to manage and adapt to climate change impacts. Numerous NFU position statements, policy briefs and presentations have both highlighted the need to address climate change and provided good ideas for solutions that work for farmers and the food system. Our 2015 National Convention, Agriculture in a Changing Climate had workshops, panels, resolutions and debates that highlighted climate change impacts and pointed to ways we can improve our prospects by working together.
In 2018 the Saskatchewan government announced it would challenge the federal government’s authority to create a national greenhouse gas reduction plan using a baseline, revenue-neutral greenhouse gas emission pricing system. If successful, Saskatchewan’s action would make it impossible for Canada to implement an effective national greenhouse gas reduction program, or perhaps any national climate change mitigation policy. Thus, NFU members voted strongly in favour of a 2018 National Convention resolution empowering the NFU Board to apply to the courts as an intervener in support of the federal government’s authority. The application, done in collaboration with several citizens groups, succeeded.


  A former Liberal premier’s chief of staff who was sentenced to four months in jail for a plot to wipe government hard drives has abandoned his appeal, but it’s unclear if he has served his time.
  David Livingston, who was the top political aide to former premier Dalton McGuinty, was released on bail pending appeal after his sentencing in the spring.
   But when reached by phone Tuesday, his lawyer refused to say if Livingston ultimately served that sentence after dropping his appeal.


   Enough rounds of ammunition to kill hundreds. Donations to a mosque in Pakistan. An Islamic headdress. Conspiracy DVDs that dispute al-Qaeda’s role in 9/11.
   For almost six months, speculation has been rampant about what caused Faisal Hussain to indiscriminately open fire on innocent citizens on the Danforth this past July, a horrific mass shooting that ended with the murders of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and the injuring of 13 others before the 29-year-old turned the gun on himself.
  His family quickly blamed mental illness. Those who questioned whether terrorism was the motive were just as quickly branded Islamophobes and shut down.


  Just over one quarter of Canadians with home equity lines of credit are paying only the interest portion of the loan, a government survey found.
  Additionally, almost three in 10 respondents use such lines of credit at least some of the time to make payments on other debt, according to an online poll by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada released Tuesday.
  Over the past 15 years, home equity lines of credit have been the largest contributor to Canadian non-mortgage household debt. Tuesday’s report follows similar studies from the the country’s federal housing agency and the Bank of Canada that highlighted some of the risks associated with such loans.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


  An Afghan wedding singer has gone viral because of his amazing resemblance to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  Now, Abdul Salam Maftoon — who is from a small village — hopes to win the TV talent show Afghan Star.
  His ticket to fame? An uncanny resemblance to the PM.


   Members of Parliament have thrown out Theresa May’s contentious Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union in the long-awaited “meaningful vote” on the deal.
   The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal was crushed by a historic margin of 202 in favour to 432 against, paving the way for a vote of no-confidence in the Government by the Opposition, which Mrs May told MPs she would make time for on Wednesday, January 16th.
   The first vote of the night was cast on an amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement by John Baron MP, which proposed inserting a right for Britain to leave the deal’s controversial “backstop” without needing to seek the EU’s permission — but this was also crushed, by 600 votes to 24.


  Are you a man? That is to say, are you a genetic male who also happens to identify as a "man," for some increasingly antiquated reason? If so, are you under the mistaken impression that you're not a rapist?
   Our society has come a long way in shaming men for behaving in any way that anybody anywhere doesn't like, and reminding men that we're all complicit even if we don't behave that way. But it's not nearly enough. The mere fact of maleness is shameful and problematic. Men and boys everywhere need to be reminded that we're evil. We must learn to hate ourselves as much as everyone else hates us. The patriarchy must be castrated.
  And who better to do it than a company that makes razors?


Update: More details about Monday's hearing are beginning to trickle out as Canada expresses outrage over the fact that China just condemned one of its citizens to death, seemingly in retaliation for Canada's decision to arrest Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO and daughter of one of China's most respected corporate titans, at the behest of the US.
WSJ reporter Eva Dou tweeted details from the hearing that seemed to only affirm suspicions that the hearing was rigged for political reasons. The judge barely took time to deliberate over the verdict, the prosecutors didn't offer many new details to justify the re-sentencing, and the main and only witness - purportedly a co-conspirator of Schellenberg's whom Schellenberg says helped set him up - barely looked at the defendant as he shared details about how the two allegedly conspired to sneak a shipment of methamphetamine into the country.


   Car sales in China, the world’s largest car market, plummeted by 19 per cent in December, capping a six-per-cent decline in sales for the 2018 year, the industry’s first fall in 20 years. Goldman Sachs predicts the decline will steepen to seven per cent in 2019. More broadly, China’s private and public manufacturing sectors both contracted in December.
     China’s mainland stock markets, which declined 25 per cent in 2018, aren’t doing well either. Neither is growth in consumer spending, which is at a 15-year low. The government is backpedaling on its targets for “Made in China 2025,” and its other high-profile initiatives — the much-ballyhooed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Belt and Road Initiative — are falling short.
   In fact, the entire Chinese economy may not only be falling short, it may never have performed as well as claimed. Many believe that China’s official economic growth rate, a fabulous 6.5 per cent, is more a fable. A World Bank estimate for 2016 put China’s economic growth at 1.1 per cent, with other estimates showing low or even negative growth. Also worrying is the potentially catastrophic hidden debt that fueled China’s growth — as much as US$6 trillion by China’s local governments alone, according to S&P Global Ratings, which called it “a debt iceberg with titanic credit risks.”


  An Ontario court rejected a request Monday to speed up a hearing into whether it should order an ombudsman investigation into the appointment of a friend of the premier’s to the job of top cop. 
   OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair has asked Ontario’s Divisional Court to force an investigation into the hiring of Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner as the new OPP commissioner.
   Blair’s lawyer Julian Falconer argued Monday that the case should be expedited, in part because Blair has reasonable grounds to be concerned about reprisal, though he did not go into detail.
   “The installation of Ron Taverner, we say, as commissioner of the OPP without this full investigation can irreversibly damage the command structure of the OPP, because — quite simply — these questions go to the heart of the credibility of command.”


  Lilley:   Host Evan Solomon asked Singh about China’s ambassador accusing Canada of “white supremacy” over the arrest of a Huawei executive on an extradition request from the Americans.
  Yet, when Solomon asked Singh how he would respond if he were prime minister, the answer was telling.
  “Sorry. Who accused who of white supremacy,” Singh asked.

Monday, January 14, 2019


   Delingpole:  At dinner the other night, a QC friend of mine — I forget what the Q stands for but I know exactly why they’re all called Cs — tried explaining to me why Theresa May’s Brexit ‘deal’ is actually a good deal for Britain.
  He began by agreeing that the deal isn’t perfect but said that there’s got to be a bit of give and take on both sides. Then he conceded that of course “No deal” might have been better but because the government had made such poor preparations for such an eventuality over the last two and half years…
  This is the problem with every Remain argument I’ve ever heard. None of them can actually explain why Theresa May’s ‘deal’ — or any of the other fudges, cop-outs and surrenders being planned by the Remainers — in any way respects the wishes of the 17.4 million people who voted Brexit in 2016.


   Democrats are reportedly desperate to rein in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s wild attacks on the Democrat establishment, such as her fury at being denied her new green deal, but at the same time they are terrified of upsetting her.
   Incumbent Democrats are most annoyed by Ocasio-Cortez’s threat to back primary opponents against members of their ranks she deems too moderate. But their frustration goes beyond that: Democratic leaders are upset that she railed against their new set of House rules on Twitter the first week of the new Congress. Rank and file are peeved that there’s a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn’t deserve.


   The US Air Force is putting China on notice as it announced Friday a new deployment of three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Hawaii for training in the Pacific. The nuclear-capable aircraft departed Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and touched down at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, along with 200 support personnel airmen, as part of a U.S Strategic Command-led Bomber Task Force mission.
   One defense analyst recently called the increase in B-2 bomber deployments to Hawaii "China's nightmare, and something Beijing should get use to."


  Hackers broke into the US electric grid with spearphishing techniques targeting contractors with system access.
  The Wall Street Journal has a detailed report out regarding a sophisticated, and successful attack by hackers into the US electric grid. The hackers could have temporarily shut off power.


  Millions of dollars owed to ordinary Canadians sits unclaimed in dormant bank accounts and terminated pension plans — and the federal Department of Finance is looking at fresh ways to tax some of that idle money and to reduce or eliminate any interest paid on it.
  Each year, federally regulated banks and trust firms turn over to the Bank of Canada any money they find in accounts that have been inactive for a decade and are owned by people who can't be located.
  As of Dec. 31, 2017, the central bank carried $742 million in these unclaimed balances. A central registry allows potential owners to search an online database, and about $10 million in claims are paid out each year.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


  Ontario’s auto insurance industry blames fraud for high insurance rates, but that’s only part of the problem.
  Marshall found $1.4 billion annually – a third of all insurance premium benefits – goes to dueling lawyers and medical experts in court, instead of going to treatment for crash victims.
   That’s more than the estimated cost of insurance fraud of $1.3 billion annually.


  “My question for you Mr. Prime Minister is what exactly did you mean by ‘gender impacts’ when you bring construction workers into a rural area? If you could, please provide a thorough explanation on your comment in addition to clarifying what exactly those social and gender impacts are. Thank you.” (Applause)
   Trudeau;  “Thank you for your question and thank you for your hard work. Construction workers build this country every single day. The work you do and the work your colleagues do around this country building our roads, building our bridges, building our homes, building our factories, building our country every day, is an essential building block of the country and the future we’re building.
   “That’s why we’re investing historic amounts in infrastructure, that is why we know that investments in the work that construction workers do right across the country is essential for building the better future that we need. Thank you for your question…Ah, next question…”


  The old thinking from the 1990s wrongly assumed that after China joined the World Trade Organization and opened itself more to the world it wouldn’t be that far away from becoming a Western-style, liberal democratic country just like ours.
  That didn’t happen. China is still a single-party country led by the Communists and current leader Xi Jinping’s hold on power has been described as the greatest since Chairman Mao.
  So let’s say Canada doesn’t succeed in cooling things down. Let’s say the relationship continues to go frosty. How bad could it all get?
  Maybe Beijing will try to stop its wealthy from buying real estate in Vancouver. Maybe its state-owned enterprises will stop trying to buy up our companies and natural resources. Maybe Huawei will slow its investments in the Canadian telecom market. Maybe we’ll get the cold shoulder from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a Chinese project that we’ve signed up for against the urges of the U.S. that seeks to rival the IMF and the World Bank for dominance over world finance.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


  A senior Huawei Canada executive is leaving the Chinese tech company as it faces growing problems around the world.
  Scott Bradley, Canadian vice-president of corporate affairs, is departing after more than seven years as the public face of the company in Canada.
  No explanation for what prompted his departure was immediately available.


  The controversy in British Columbia, with Indigenous people blocking access to a pipeline and facing down armed police until a deal was reached Thursday, has some of its roots in the intricacies of Indigenous governance.
  Robert Jago, a First Nations writer from a band under hereditary rule, explained that the powers vary widely. For some First Nations, hereditary chiefs act as dictators; for others, there’s full democratic rule, with hereditary leaders in title alone; and in others still, “open conflict” between hereditary chiefs and elected band councils or collaborative decision-making. “In this case, they seem to be in conflict,” said Jago.
   It’s important to note that there isn’t one set of hereditary chiefs or one set of elected officials within the Wet’suwet’en nation. There are five clans, each of which has its own set of hereditary chiefs and then band councils, which comprise people from different clans.


   A drug trafficker known as “Cat” or “Catboy” is the second Canadian suspected of working with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose landmark Brooklyn trial is ongoing.
  Stephen Tello, 39, a former real estate agent who has lived in Montreal, Toronto and Kitchener, Ont., is serving an 11-year, eight-month sentence in Canada following a Nova Scotia RCMP drugs sting codenamed Operation Harrington.
   However, court documents show he also faces a separate cocaine importation indictment in the U.S., which accuses him of trafficking with the Mexican kingpin for more than five years, from October 2008 to January 2014.


 A young Saudi woman who is on the run from her family is expected to arrive in Toronto today.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun fled what she alleges is an abusive family, escaping to Bangkok, Thailand where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a Twitter campaign that drew global attention to her case. 

Friday, January 11, 2019


    Former wrestling Champion-turned Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson criticized the contemporary “snowflake” generation of young people, arguing that “if you are not agreeing with them then they are offended.”
   In an interview with Britain’s Daily Star, the Fast and Furious star said that this generation’s penchant for being offended is taking humanity backward.
   “I don’t have to agree with what somebody thinks, who they vote for, what they voted for, what they think, but I will back their right to say or believe it. That’s democracy,” the Jumanji star said. “So many good people fought for freedom and equality – but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended.”


    MANILA (Reuters) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as “sons of bitches”, renewing his attacks on the church that has criticized him over his bloody war on drugs.
    Duterte did not mention any particular reason for his criticism of the church on Thursday, which included a suggestion that most bishops are homosexual.
   “Most of them are gay,” he said. “They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends.”


   But it’s legal, as of Dec. 18, because of amendments to the Criminal Code passed by the Trudeau government.
   Police no longer need reasonable grounds to administer a breathalyzer test such as erratic driving, slurred speech or the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath.
   They can also charge someone for impaired driving up to two hours after they’ve left their car, with the driver having to prove they weren’t impaired.


  "Here are some of the steel slats that the president’s been talking about," CNN's Jim Acosta said as he walked by the makings of what Trump has suggested might pass for his wall along the southern border with Mexico.
  "But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger, there are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence," Acosta noted. He argued that there was "no sign of the national emergency that the president’s been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here."
   Acosta was clearly attempting to disprove Trump's suggestion that the insecurity of the southern border and the immigration and drug trafficking crisis surrounding it is a "national emergency." But in his attempts to disprove Trump, he seemingly unwittingly proved the effectiveness of a border wall, even the rudimentary kind of wall consisting of steel slats.
   "Hey Sherlock, there's nothing 'resembling a national emergency situation' there because there's a wall literally right next to you," Caleb Hull, director of content at the Republican-leaning firm Targeted Victory, tweeted.


   While the Yellow Vest movement has been taking to the streets for violent clashes with French police, activists from the movement are now recommending that French protesters empty their bank accounts to spark a bank run - in a move which one protester, Maxime Nicolle, called a "tax collector's referendum."
  "We are going to get our bread back ... You’re making money with our dough, and we’re fed up," said Nicolle in a video message, as reported by the Associated Press.
  The movement’s adherents said they hoped the banking action will force the French government to heed their demands, especially giving citizens the right to propose and vote on new laws


   “You’re a liar and a weak leader. What do you tell your children? Pipelines do not make climate leaders,” he said.
  “I apologize to you, I’m not going to listen to your lies anymore, you’re a weak leader and a liar and you’re not welcome here.”
   Those were some of a number of comments with which Indigenous protesters confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a town hall at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, B.C. on Tuesday night.
  Trudeau faced more questions about immigration policy at the University of Regina on Thursday, in the second town hall he hosted in two nights.
He said the world is “hardening its hearts to immigration” and that it isn’t seeing the “economic benefits of welcoming in people who are looking for nothing more than the opportunity to work hard and build a better future for themselves and their kids.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019


   Blatchford:  Scott Brison, the Treasury Board president and career politician, in a move that seemed to be unexpected, announced he is stepping down as member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, a mostly rural Nova Scotia riding not far from Halifax.
   There is some reason to accept that Brison may have also come to the understanding that he had gone as far in politics as he was likely to go: A twice-unsuccessful leadership candidate, once for the Conservatives and then after he’d crossed the floor once for the Liberals, Brison’s chance to be PM has likely passed.
   But there’s also this: Brison is one of the key figures at the heart of the prosecution against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the second-in-command of the military who is accused of leaking cabinet secrets.
   His name appears on the Crown’s list of witnesses when the case goes to trial in August, two months before the federal election, though it is not from government lawyers he can expect the rough ride.


   Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is caught in a web of her own making. The more she tries to talk herself out of it, the more tangled the web grows.
  And that has led to the United Conservative Party’s justice critic, Mike Ellis, to call for her to resign from the Bighorn file — the NDP government’s proposal to create a wildland park, three provincial parks and four provincial recreation areas in the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  “Sadly, this minister chose to politicize our law enforcement, mislead Albertans and baselessly slandered countless concerned Albertans as behaving in a way that warranted exceptional RCMP intervention,” said Ellis, the MLA for Calgary-West and a former Calgary police sergeant.


Canada and its Western allies’ calls for the release of two Canadians detained in China are rooted in white supremacy, the Chinese ambassador said in a published op-ed Wednesday.
Experts and analysts say the harsh language from the Chinese government’s representative indicates the raw nerve that Canada has touched within the communist government with its efforts to recruit international support for its detainees.
The U.S State Department has called for the release of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, while Germany, France, Britain, the European Union and Australia have also issued supportive statements.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


All of the aforementioned LNG partnerships and benefit-sharing agreements were concluded with elected First Nation councils.
The leaders of the Unist’ot’en encampment reject those approvals, arguing only hereditary chiefs have jurisdiction over their traditional territories.
So is the NDP standard for consent unanimity among First Nations? Or unanimity among the clans and houses inside of a single First Nation? Or should B.C. just let the courts sort it out?


Put simply, incompetent people think they know more than they really do, and they tend to be more boastful about it.
To test Darwin’s theory, the researchers quizzed people on several topics, such as grammar, logical reasoning and humor. After each test, they asked the participants how they thought they did. Specifically, participants were asked how many of the other quiz-takers they beat.
Dunning was shocked by the results, even though it confirmed his hypothesis. Time after time, no matter the subject, the people who did poorly on the tests ranked their competence much higher. On average, test takers who scored as low as the 10th percentile ranked themselves near the 70th percentile. Those least likely to know what they were talking about believed they knew as much as the experts.


Dozens of pipeline protesters delayed an appearance by the prime minister in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon, drumming and chanting in a government building where Justin Trudeau was set to speak.
Police kept the prime minister and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna out of a Sussex Drive building in Ottawa where Trudeau was to address a forum bringing together federal officials and representatives from self-governing First Nations that have modern treaties with the Crown.
The protesters expressed anger about the RCMP's intervention in a blockade in northern British Columbia, enforcing an injunction from the B.C. Supreme Court. The injunction is to remove anyone who interferes with a Coastal GasLink pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


  Blatchford: My oh my, but there must be days when progressive Aboriginal leaders and the companies that genuinely try to do business with them must want to gnash their teeth and scream in frustration.
  Monday might have been one such, wherein a company — Coastal GasLink, operated by TransCanada Corp. — which appears to have done everything right ran up against the usual Canadian wall of impossibility, intransigence and fractured Indigenous loyalties.
  This time it’s about two protest camps set up to thwart Coastal GasLink’s efforts to get to remote forest service roads near the town of Houston, about 1,000 kilometres north of Vancouver, and thereby gain access to the construction site of the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline.


   Canadian viewers of this year’s NFL’s wild card weekend were startled to see a certain commercial in heavy rotation. No, not the Budweiser Clydesdales, or the burger and soft drink ads that are the pricey broadcasts’ usual fare. Rather, this important message was brought to you by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  True, the timing of the ad is suggestive, appearing as it is in the very week when workers are likely to notice the CPP taking a bigger bite out of their paycheques than ever before. Employer and employee contributions are rising from 4.95 per cent of pensionable earnings to 5.1 per cent, the first of several annual increases between now and 2023.
  But the CPP isn’t a mutual fund: it doesn’t have to persuade Canadians to park their money with it. They have to, by law. No matter how irritated they may be at seeing more and more of their wages going to the CPP, there is no way they can withdraw from the plan, and no prospect of the increases being reversed. So why is the CPPIB paying — or rather, why are we paying — for expensive ads designed to make us feel good about all this “saving” and “investment”?


  A Port Alberni, B.C. mother is in court this month to face charges of vigilantism after she tackled and hog-tied a 28-year-old family friend she alleged was trying to lure her 13-year-old daughter into sex.
  The 28-year-old allegedly showed up at suburban home expecting sex from a waiting 13-year-old girl when he was instead punched, tackled and tied up by three adults; the girl’s mother, her stepfather and another man who had come to help.
  The girl's mother said RCMP turned down her request to immediately participate in a sting to catch the man. Fearful that the man might be targeting other children, she assumed her daughter’s identity on Instagram and agreed to a meeting at the family home.


   Reinforcements are on the way in the form of new officers, tactics and training to help combat crime in Calgary fueled by an abundance of meth on the streets, says Calgary’s acting police chief.
   Incidents relating to methamphetamine use in Calgary have skyrocketed over the last five years, soaring by a staggering 536 per cent by the third quarter of 2018. As of the end of November, police had dealt with more than 412 incidents involving methamphetamine, more than one per day.
   But interim police Chief Steve Barlow said the increase in meth use is directly linked to dangerous crimes across the city, including reckless drivers of stolen vehicles, break-ins and thefts.


  A mysterious recording linked to dozens of reports of diplomat illnesses in Cuba may simply be crickets.
  That’s the hypothesis put forward by two researchers from the United States and England in a paper published last week that studied the sound waves produced by a mysterious recording of a high-pitched buzzing noise that officials have said is linked to illnesses that have stumped investigators for more than a year.
  “The sounds recorded by U.S. personnel in Cuba correspond to the calling song of a specific cricket, with echoes.”

Monday, January 7, 2019


   In the wake of a tumultuous year marred by unprecedented violence and growing frustration among the city’s frontline cops, the Toronto Police Service faces some difficult issues in 2019.
    Some of those issues — such as short staffing and declining morale — will likely come to a head in coming months as the Toronto Police Association and Toronto Police Services Board sit down to hammer out a new contract for the 4,800 uniformed officers and 2,500 civilians employed by the service.
   “Morale is lower than it’s ever been…our members are fed up,” TPA President Mike McCormack told the Sun recently, explaining his members’ contract expired at the end of 2018 and negotiations for a new deal are set to begin this month.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


   Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage has demanded the Government “stands up to the EU and to France” to bring the Channel migrant crisis under control
    The Leave Means Leave co-chairman and former UKIP chief urged Home Secretary Sajid Javid to “ignore the civil service, the free movement lobby, and the EU itself and get a grip on this migrant crisis [to] do something to restore public confidence in politicians” in a Telegraph article.
    Javid has so far resisted calls to deploy more of Britain’s tiny fleet of Border Force cutters — which the agency’s union warns are “woefully inadequate” — to patrol the English Channel, suggesting that, paradoxically, this could actually incentivise more migrants to launch themselves across the sea on small boats and stolen fishing vessels.


   In just two years after 2010 China had pledged over $100 billion to develop commercial projects in Africa, a period in which the continent had effectively become de facto Chinese province, unchallenged by any developed nation which in the aftermath of the financial crisis had enough chaos at home to bother with what China may be doing in Africa.
  Since then China's financial colonization of Africa has only accelerated, and according to a study by the China-Africa Research Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, China had lent a total of $143 billion to 56 African nations facilitated principally by the Export-Import Bank of China and the China Development Bank. By sector, close to a third of loans were directed toward financing transport projects, a quarter toward power and 15% earmarked for resource mining including hydrocarbon extraction. Just 1.6% of Chinese loans were dedicated to the education, healthcare, environment, food and humanitarian sectors combined, confirming that all China interested in was building a giant commodity/trade/military hub.

Saturday, January 5, 2019


China's population shrank last year for the first time in 70 years, experts said, warning of a "demographic crisis" that puts pressure on the country's slowing economy...
The number of live births nationwide in 2018 fell by 2.5 million year-on-year, contrary to a predicted increase of 790,000 births, according to analysis by U.S.-based academic Yi Fuxian.
Mark Steyn:  What happened between 1980 and 2018 to make a country age that fast? Well, for two generations Chinese mothers gave birth to boys and aborted all the girls.


    An important question in this year’s federal election will be whether Canadians hold the Liberal government to account for consciously inflicting an economic calamity on an energy industry that sits on the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. The answer depends on whether the public buys into climate-change alarmism. We recently heard from a climate believer on why the answer may be no. A skeptic would agree, but for different reasons.
    In Paris, the gilets jaunes rioted against a fuel tax because the elites were concerned about the end of the world, while they worried about the end of the month. In Canada, regulatory impediments, political interference and high taxes blocked pipeline construction and therefore oil transport to overseas markets. Opposition to resource development costs jobs, economic growth and tens of billions of dollars annually that could fund health care and education. It also weakens our national security, heightens regional tensions and undermines national unity.

Friday, January 4, 2019


Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib fled from reporters asking about her statement that she would help Democrats "impeach the motherfucker" in reference to President Trump. 
After her comments went viral, Tlaib doubled down, defending her remarks in a Thursday morning op-ed, and stating that she was "elected to shake up Washington, not continue the status quo." 


  If your laptop lets you think twice before it shuts down, should a nuclear reactor not do the same?

Canadian nuclear safety officials have been dealing with a split-second mistake that shut down a reactor at the Pickering nuclear station east of Toronto.

There was no radioactive leak, no injury, no damage to equipment. But there were red faces when someone pushed the wrong button, and a machine that can produce half a billion watts of electricity stopped.


  Lilley: It appears Justin Trudeau wants to be flown from Ottawa to his official cottage in the Gatineau Hills via helicopter.
  Documents obtained under Access to Information laws show that in the summer of 2017, there were serious discussions about installing a helipad at Harrington Lake, the official cottage of Canada’s prime ministers.
  E-mails show that officials, including those from the National Capital Commission and the Treasury Board — the department that controls government spending — were discussing the proposal.


  Germany has been flooded this holiday season with billboards offering illegal migrants a bribe to leave — free rent for a year at home.
   “Your country. Your future. Now!” displayed in seven languages, jumps off nearly 2,500 screens in 80 cities. A series of flags corresponding with the top-destinations – Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Russia – shapes a zigzagging road to a fictional horizon.
   The “ReturningfromGermany” ad campaign is the latest tactic by the German government to boost departures and deter migration, in a reversal of Angela Merkel’s controversial welcoming policy of 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign is the brainchild of interior minister Horst Seehofer, Merkel’s rebellious right-wing rival, who forced a coalition crisis over Germany’s asylum policy last summer.


  Justin Trudeau appears to have given up hope of reducing the flow of people crossing from the United States illegally to claim asylum, and is test-driving fresh rationalizations on why a migrant surge might not be such a bad thing. The new line from the Prime Minister is that the flow of asylum seekers may prove an economic boon for Canada.
   “The fact that we have extremely low unemployment, we’re seeing labour shortages in certain parts of the country, (means) it is a good time to reflect that we are bringing in immigrants who are going to keep our economy growing,” Trudeau said in a pre-Christmas interview.
   To claim this abuse of process will help the economy to grow is the latest attempt by the Trudeau government to justify its loss of control over the Canada-U.S. border. In November, Bill Blair, the border security minister, tried to sanitize the situation by pointing out that 40 per cent of migrants crossing illegally are children, suggesting that Canada is merely living up to its human rights obligations.


  A character playing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a drag from a joint and is suddenly transported into a fantasy world where he is dressed in traditional Indian clothing as talking cows are knocked over by a gorilla with Donald Trump’s signature hair and red tie.
  The scene mocking the prime minister’s ill-fated trip to India last February was part of Radio-Canada’s annual end-of-year parody show, during which the national broadcaster satirizes the year’s newsmakers. Called “Bye bye,” the show draws millions of viewers New Year’s Eve and is considered the television event of the holiday season in Quebec.
   But this year the French arm of the CBC is on the defensive after a barrage of online criticism from people claiming the sketch was racist and made a mockery of Indian culture.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


  A woman who runs a ranch with her husband west of Calgary is refusing to pay the carbon tax, arguing the province should remove the tax after repeated setbacks to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline.
   In a tersely worded letter to the Superior Propane company based in Mississauga, Ont., Sheila Griffith explains that she won’t be paying the $101.90 carbon tax portion of her heating bill, addressing both Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about their failure to get more Alberta oil to tidewater.
   “You made a deal to put the carbon tax in Alberta in exchange for the Trans Mountain pipeline going ahead,” Griffith writes to Notley.
  “The pipeline has been stalled to the point it may never be a go. Why haven’t you rescinded the carbon tax until the pipeline goes ahead?


   When the Ontario Landowners Association embarked on a charter challenge of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (OSPCA) Act in October 2013, little did we realize that it we would wait over four and a half years to be heard in court.
    Kurtis Andrews, the lawyer challenging the Act: Big news - we won the main issue in our constitutional challenge of the OSPCA Act. Delegating police powers to a private organization without legislated accountability or transparency is unconstitutional.