Thursday, September 21, 2017

OH CANNABIS!

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday there will be zero tolerance for youths aged 21 and under, novice drivers and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. The province will also increase all monetary penalties and suspensions for impaired driving offences.

CHINA'S SOARING DEBT GROWTH

Four months after Moody's downgraded China to A1 from Aa3, unwittingly launching a startling surge in the Yuan as Beijing set forth to "prove" just how stable China truly is, moments ago S&P followed suit when the rating agency also downgraded China from AA- to A+ for the first time since 1999 citing risks from soaring debt growth, less than a month before the most congress for Chiina's communist leadership in the past five years is set to take place.

HURRICANE MARIA'S RAMPAGE

Sleepless Puerto Ricans awoke Wednesday knowing to expect a thrashing from the most ferocious storm to strike the island in at least 85 years. They met nightfall confronting the ruin Hurricane Maria left behind: engorged rivers, blown-out windows, sheared roofs, toppled trees and an obliterated electric grid that cut power to every one of the island’s 3.4 million people

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article174488726.html#storylink=cpy

SAMANTHA POWER'S DEDICATION

In a July 27 letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the committee had learned "that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration."
That one official is widely believed to be Power.

SUPPLY SHIPS & ICEBREAKER FOR CANADIAN NAVY

Still, federal officials admit they do not know when the supply ships or the icebreaker will be finished, or how much they will ultimately cost.
Any delay would represent more bad news for the navy, which has been without any resupply ships for the past three years, as well as the coast guard, whose only heavy icebreaker is nearly 50 years old.
Stop-gap measures are in the works, including delivery this winter of a converted civilian ship that the navy will lease as an interim resupply vessel, but those won't provide the same capabilities.

ANTI-RACISM HEARINGS

Parliamentary hearings on Islamophobia and systemic racism in Canada kicked off this week, with two days of meetings presenting wildly different interpretations on the issue of anti-Muslim discrimination in Canada.

THE MIDDLE CLASS PM

“While answering media questions yesterday, the prime minister described his ‘family fortune,’ which is held in at least three separate numbered companies,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said on Wednesday.
“He confirmed that he will not be affected by the tax changes he claims are intended to make wealthy Canadians pay more,” Scheer asked. “How is that fair?”