Thursday, November 23, 2017

CANADA'S WINTER FORECAST

TORONTO — One of Canada’s high profile weather forecasters is warning Canadians across the country to brace for a whole lot of snow this winter. 
Chris Scott, The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist, says the message from his forecast team is “‘buckle up’ because it looks like a stormy winter.”

TAKEN TO COURT FOR LACK OF FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

Harrison Thunderchild says he really didn’t want to have to take the Thunderchild First Nation, of which he is a member, to court.
After all, his nephew is the band chief. And he has other relatives on the council.
But as questions in the community swirled about the way the First Nation, located about an hour north of Battleford, Sask., was handling its finances, and band leaders allegedly refused to disclose basic financial records, Thunderchild says he was left with no choice.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN GAS PLANTS TRIAL

TORONTO – The suggestion that two senior political staffers wiped only personal data from computers in the office of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty doesn’t wash, a judge was told in closing arguments on Wednesday.
Instead, the prosecution argued, evidence shows that David Livingston and Laura Miller deliberately set about deleting embarrassing records about the government’s costly 2011 decision to cancel two gas plants to ensure they would never see the light of day.

PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY METERS IN ONTARIO

     Hydro One is seeking permission to install “pre-paid” meters across Ontario to force consumers – especially those struggling to cover electricity bills – to pay up front before the utility switches on the juice for heat and lights.
    Meanwhile, it ought to be painfully obvious when you waste billions on phony rate cuts, overpay for unneeded “clean” energy and mismanage energy infrastructure to a point that Ontarians enjoy the highest electricity rates in the country that paying sky-high electricity bills is a growing burden for many.

ONTARIO LIBERALS INCAPABLE OF LEARNING

  The scariest thing about Ontario’s Liberal government is not just that it regularly makes billion-dollar mistakes, but that it refuses to learn from them.
    A report by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers on Tuesday estimates the Wynne government is losing $1 billion of public money annually selling surplus clean electricity (wind, hydro-electric and nuclear power) at a loss to neighbouring jurisdictions, or dumping it without using it.

ISIS DEFEATED IN IRAQ & SYRIA

Iraqi Prime Minister Hadir Al-Abadi declared military victory over the Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday, just hours after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iranian-backed forces had driven the terror group out of Syria.
ISIS's last Iraqi town of Rawa fell on Friday, and Abadi only awaits the clearing of a patch of desert along Iraq's border with Syria to declare final victory.

LARGEST LAND CLAIM SETTLEMENT IN CANADIAN HISTORY

The people of Ontario have, for the most part, watched the evolution of Aboriginal land claims from afar, with British Columbia snatching the lion’s share of the headlines.
But reality is about to set in as Ontario closes in on a treaty with the Algonquins of Ontario, the first modern-day treaty the province has ever signed. The treaty negotiations, which involve the federal government as well, cover 36,000 square kilometres, 86 municipalities and 1.1 million residents in Ontario.