Saturday, December 16, 2017


STEYN:  The above text explains why Mueller hired the same-old-same-old Hillary crowd for his supposed "independent" investigation into Trump: The same people had to run both investigations because otherwise the new investigators would discover the shenanigans of the old investigators. Putting Strzok and Page on the team was the FBI's way of protecting itself.
 Nobody should accord this wretched and corrupted pseudo-investigation the figleaf of respectability. Even in the federal justice system, no successful prosecution by this conflicted team would withstand appeal.


Of the many astonishing revelations now emerging from the Russia investigation, not enough has been made of the fact that Peter Strzok -- that Zelig of the FBI who mysteriously appeared at every controversial moment -- was second in command for counterintelligence.
That's right, counterintelligence -- that activity "designed to prevent or thwart spying, intelligence gathering, and sabotage by an enemy or other foreign entity."
And yet that same Mr. Strzok was conducting a clandestine extra-marital affair with an FBI colleague over thousands of text messages that could be and likely were (more of that in a moment) intercepted by those same foreign intelligence agencies -- or were, at the very least, recklessly exposed to them.
Now you don't have to be James Jesus Angleton or even have read a novel by John le Carré to know one of the most important vulnerabilities in the intel world is just such dangerous liaisons, frequently used for blackmail of all sorts.


  More than a quarter of Canadian firms could move part of their operations to the United States amid uncertainty over the future of the NAFTA trade pact, the nation’s export credit agency said on Friday.
   Canada sends 75 per cent of all goods exports to the United States and could be badly hit if Washington walks away from the North American Free Trade Agreement. One way to cushion the potential blow is to set up shop in the United States.


  TD Canada Trust has apologized to an Ontario family and released more than $846,000, hours after CBC News reported that their original bank draft had been lost by UPS.
  Taylor and her husband John had been involved in a lengthy, three-way David vs. Goliaths battle after courier company UPS lost the first draft and TD — which had issued it — appeared to be in no rush to issue a new one.


A careless driving conviction under the provincial Highway Traffic Act carries the risk of six months in jail, a $2,000 fine and — which has always struck me as most absurd — a paltry two-year driving prohibition, with reinstatement not even subject to recertification under Ontario’s demonstrably ineffective driver training and testing regime.
And that doesn’t happen often. Only about 20 per cent of those charged with careless driving in Ontario are convicted — 6,700 out of 34,084 in 2016. Just 16 were sentenced to jail time. Most people head into traffic court to fight a careless driving charge just as they would had they been caught speeding or running a red light, hoping to beg and plead their way down to something less ruinous to their insurance bill. Most succeed. It’s no different in cases when someone dies.


Clean Energy Canada says electric vehicles represent a number of economic opportunities for Canada, including for auto parts manufacturers and the mining sector, spurred on by demand for the minerals and metals needed to make the lithium-ion batteries.
If Canada doesn't jump on board more quickly, the rest of the world is going to snap up those opportunities and we'll lose out, says the report.
In addition to addressing price gaps, a national strategy could also make policy recommendations or provide funding for additional charging networks, and encourage municipalities and provinces to break down barriers for people to charge their cars at home and at work.

Friday, December 15, 2017


Mayor Jim Watson rightly acceded to the demands of those who believe the city should do more to fix up what we own by proposing that the one-time windfall be applied to help repair our roads, buildings, sidewalks and so on.
Pity he couldn’t have done it with a modicum of grace.
Instead, Watson launched into an ill-considered attack on councillors who had the temerity to criticize his budget. What they were really doing was attacking the professional integrity of the staff that put the budget together, Watson said.
A stinging criticism, but miles off base. Councillors were proposing a different approach, not attacking staff. Besides, the big decisions on the budget are made in the mayor’s office, not by city staff.