Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE GENEROUSITY OF HYDRO ONE

The program, known as Demand Response, allows companies and large energy consumers to auction off chunks of time — during periods of high demand — when they would be willing to cut back on their power consumption. These companies “bid” this capacity into an auction to determine how much the province’s electricity customers would have to pay them for offering this service each year. 

MIXED OPINIONS ON SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

First, Trump’s statements have changed. Not only did he tell American farmers in April that “People don’t realize Canada’s been very rough on the United States. I love Canada. But they’ve outsmarted our politicians for many years,” in reference to the softwood lumber file, but he also said, “Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy workers, it’s a disgrace.”
Led by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Americans released their negotiating objectives last month, and they left little room for ambiguity. The objectives state that eliminating “non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural imports” is an official priority when renegotiations get underway in Washington, DC. There is no doubt: Canada’s supply management system is in the US’s crosshairs.

BROADCASTERS COMPETE WITH STREAMING SERVICES

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has asked Canada's broadcast regulator to review its decision earlier this year allowing some Canadian broadcasters to cut spending on the creation of Canadian content.
In May, as part of the five-year licence renewals of broadcasters Bell, Corus and Rogers, the CRTC set the new minimum for how much the trio had to spend creating "programs of national interest" to five per cent of a broadcaster's revenue.
The broadcasters were spending from nine to 10 per cent of revenues creating programs of national interest.

CALEDONIA'S BARRICADES ARE BACK

This fight was born in 2006, in the desperation of the McGuinty government to make the mess go away without offending the indigenous community and at whatever cost
Now, these negotiations, as with much else, were done in secrecy, so it’s not clear to whom Peterson, a Liberal mediator,  promised the lands.
But the Haudenosaunee says it was them, and they did have the native lead in negotiations for about three years.
At the end of March this year, the Ontario government transferred the land, not to the HCCC, but to the Six Nations council.
So this is an internecine fight, with the town and townspeople having no dog in the race.

CANADIAN FARMERS MAY TAKE A HUGE TAX HIT

But the change that could really hit farmers is the narrowing of the lifetime capital gain exemptions for qualified farm property, which applies up to $1 million. Currently, farmers can use family members in a variety of ways to reduce capital gain taxes when selling shares or farmland, including to their own children.

LIFE IN A FOSSIL FUEL FREE UTOPIA

The drumbeat for a fossil-fuel-free energy utopia continues. But few have pondered how we will supposedly generate 25 billion megawatts of total current global electricity demand using just renewable energy: wind turbines, for instance. For starters, we’re talking about some 830 million gigantic 500-foot-tall turbines – requiring a land area of some 12.5 billion acres. That’s more than twice the size of North America, all the way through Central America.

AL QAEDA BLUEPRINT FOR TRANSPORTATION ATTACKS

The al Qaeda terror group's chief bomb maker has published a blueprint for new attacks on U.S. transportation systems, including planes, trains, and boats, which the terror group views as "prime targets," according to a copy of a lengthy manifesto that provides a guide for would-be terrorists to launch attacks.

KIM BLINKS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North's state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CHINA-CANADA TRADE DIALOGUE ON THE QUIET

The second China-Canada Foreign Ministers Dialogue was held in Beijing last week, Canada’s Chrystia Freeland sitting down with her counterpart Wang Yi to “explore ways to further consolidate Canada-China ties,” as Xinhua news agency put it. Upcoming Canada-China trade talks would have topped the agenda.
But despite anxiety across Canada over China’s demands in any new deal, and what is really at stake, we know little about what was even discussed. Freeland flew home with no post-meeting press conference held, no communiqué issued.

PROPOSED SALES TAX HIKE REJECTED

“We will not be increasing the HST,” said Jessica Martin, a spokesperson for Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, in an e-mail. Ms. Martin said Ontario has already promised to double its gas-tax transfers to municipalities beginning in 2019.

HORSE THIEVES

While the owners all suspect the men are out to steal their horses, no one has proof and neither man has been caught holding a horse. Instances have been reported to the OPP, however the men need to be caught in the act to be charged.

MUSKRAT FALLS

Ever since Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada in 1949, con men and credulous politicians have pushed misguided projects to reduce its dependence on natural resources. 

COMPLAINING ALREADY

After being bussed into sanctuary city Montreal after illegally crossing the Canada-U.S. border, illegal refugees are now complaining about lack of housing there.

Monday, August 14, 2017

CLINTON'S ROUGHING IT IN QUEBEC

TheManoir Hovey, where they will stay, ranks 27th in the Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 100 hotels in the world.

THE GOOD SAMARITAN SCAM

Ottawa police are warning residents about an alleged swarming involving a woman who faked distress on the side of the road to lure a Good Samaritan back to her car, where he was robbed by her accomplices.

WHY SOME PHARMACEUTICALS ARE SO EXPENSIVE

Enter “outrageous drug prices” into Google and you will receive plenty of examples. As reported here, Marathon Pharmaceuticals planned to charge $89,000 per year for its Emflaza brand of the corticosteroid deflazacort. Deflazacort was introduced in 1969 and is available outside the U.S. for less than $2 per tablet. US patients with muscular dystrophy have been obtaining the drug for around $1,500 per year from foreign sources.

CANADA'S GAME PLAN FOR NAFTA

Chrystia Freeland has given Canadians a look at their government's strategy as it prepares to go nose-to-nose with the country's biggest trading partner in crucial NAFTA talks.
The foreign affairs minister laid out Ottawa's core objectives Monday, two days before negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are to begin.

SHORTAGE OF RCMP OFFICERS

OTTAWA -- A significant shortage of RCMP officers is raising concerns about their safety and the safety of the communities in which they work, according to several Mounties speaking out from across Canada.
With more than 12 per cent of positions unfilled, RCMP members, speaking on the record and on background, tell CTVNews.ca that they're worried about the number of vacancies.
The lack of front-line officers is leading to stress, burnout and even to departures for other police forces, these members say.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

OKA UPRISING 2.0

Kanesatake Mohawks are continuing to oppose a housing development on what they claim is part of their ancestral territory--the same land that was at the heart of the 1990 Oka Crisis.

HISTORY OF CANADA'S REDPATH SUGAR

Success was sweet for the Scots-born stonemason, John Redpath.

THE CINDERELLA WORLD OF CARBON ACCOUNTING

Called “Carbon Counting,” McGrath reveals how many nations that signed the Paris accord are inaccurately reporting and/or hiding their greenhouse gas emissions from the United Nations.
Reporting is done once every two years, but the accord doesn’t require independent verification of the numbers.
This “Cinderella world of carbon accounting”, McGrath warns, is a greater threat to the credibility of the Paris agreement – which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed in Dec. 2015, along with the leaders of 194 other countries – than the U.S. withdrawal from the accord by Donald Trump.
Why should Canadians care? Because if global emissions are being under-reported and hidden, then the Paris accord is a fraud and carbon pricing in Canada, which raises our cost of living to reduce our emissions, is just a cynical government cash grab.

INSURANCE CO. PROFITS VS ONTARIO TAXPAYERS

Let me be the first to congratulate the Ontario government for reducing automobile insurance premiums by increasing taxes.
What’s next? Reducing hydro bills by increasing taxes, or has that already happened, too?

QUEBEC OUTPERFORMING ONTARIO

By kicking the can down the road, the Wynne government is not doing Ontarians any favours. Continuing to accumulate debt means more tax dollars will go to servicing the debt — about $1 billion each month.
Instead of delaying the tough choices, Wynne should follow the example of her Quebec Liberal counterpart and take concrete and immediate action to reduce the province’s dangerous debt burden.

NEW ORLEANS OFFICIAL BLAMES FLOODING ON CLIMATE CHANGE

New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board director Cedric Grant blamed widespread flooding over the weekend on “climate change,” but it wasn’t long before news broke that broken water pumps were actually to blame.
Throughout the week, media reports have shown that New Orleans’s antiquated water pumping system failed to keep flooding at bay, and the problem hasn’t been resolved.

IPCC KNEW FROM START CLIMATE DATA INADEQUATE

In 1999, the National Academy of Sciences, the research arm of the National Research Council, released a study expressing concern about the accuracy of the data used in the debate over climate change. They said there are,
“Deficiencies in the accuracy, quality and continuity of the records,” that “place serious limitations on the confidence that can be placed in the research results.”
Karl chaired the study, so he knew better than any that to achieve the results they wanted, namely a steadily increasing temperature over the 120 + years of instrumental record, was made easier by the inadequacy of the data. They ignored the fact that the inadequacy of the data negated the viability of the work they planned and did. For example, the extent, density, and continuity of the data are completely inadequate as the basis for a mathematical computer model of global climate. In short, they knew they would have to create, make up, or modify data to even approximate a result. The trouble is the data was so inadequate that even with their actions the results could not approximate reality.

MOSCOW GRABBING VENEZUELAN OIL ASSETS

Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.
As Caracas struggles to contain an economic meltdown and violent street protests, Moscow is using its position as Venezuela’s lender of last resort to gain more control over the OPEC nation’s crude reserves, the largest in the world.

URBAN RENEWAL, SAUDI STYLE

While Saudi Arabia is framing its actions in terms of necessary counter-terrorism police action, other regional media outlets and local activists now report over 500 homes flattened in Almosara by military bombardment and subsequent bulldozers that entered the town, with estimates of 8,000 families having fled the area. Evacuation notices were also issued to Shia residents in the area by the Albarahim private property developer, and stamped by the government's National Joint Counterterrorism Command (NJCC), which was formed in 2003.
So it appears there is a two-fold motive for the Saudi state's aggressive military takeover: forcibly change the Shia demographic - a form of religiously motivated genocide, while at the same time claiming the area is needed for "property development" in a land grab that is sure to enrich developers close to the Saudi royal family.

SOCIAL SECURITY RUNNING OUT OF MONEY

  A few weeks ago the Board of Trustees of Social Security sent a formal letter to the United States Senate and House of Representatives to issue a dire warning: Social Security is running out of money.

THE LOGIC ESCAPES ME

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announces her crime-fighting initiative last Wednesday; her answer to a homicide rate that is doubled Chicago’s is free community college for Baltimore youth.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CHINA'S WARNINGS

BEIJING – China won’t come to North Korea’s help if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned on Friday, but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in this case its editorial probably does reflect government policy and can be considered “semi-official,” experts said.
China has already warned both Washington and Pyongyang not to do anything that raises tensions or causes instability on the Korean Peninsula.

CANADA STRUGGLING TO ABSORB IMMIGRANTS

Canada is ranked third out of the 31 countries that welcome immigrants.
Despite Canada’s strong ranking, the Immigration department’s report notes another disturbing finding, which could have long-term repercussions.
Second-generation visible minority immigrants, compared to first-generation immigrants, are more likely to “perceive” they’ve been subject to discrimination.
Poll results suggesting 43 per cent of Canada’s second-generation visible minority citizens are convinced they’re being treated unfairly may point to an expanding crack in the dream of cultural integration.

BC - ALBERTA PIPELINE RUMBLES

After the B.C. government stepped up its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there were new calls for the federal and Alberta governments to consider retaliation over a divisive project that has cleared major regulatory hurdles.
While mechanisms are available to either override B.C. opposition or punish the province, several observers said Friday few options are palatable to federal or provincial governments.

TYING UP CANADA'S WARSHIP BIDS

The federal government's plan to buy an off-the-shelf design for the navy's new frigates is facing significant pushback from at least one of Canada's allies, which appears to question timelines and the fundamental structure of the high-stakes $60-billion project.
Documents  show one of the 12 companies competing to design and help construct the warships has been blocked from handing over "supporting data and services."
The unidentified bidder says one of Canada's allies, which owns the rights to the sensitive electronics embedded in the warship, is refusing permission to include the information and instead wants direct negotiations with the federal government.

COUILLARD CORRECTING CERTAIN PERCEPTIONS

Without naming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre directly for saying on twitter that refugees can count on Canada creating the impression the doors are wide open, Couillard said he felt the need to correct certain perceptions
“Yes we are a society with a compassionate, welcoming tradition that we are proud of but we also a society that believes in the rule of law and fairness,” Couillard told reporters Saturday.
“This (obtaining asylum status) is very demanding, and difficult and success is far from guaranteed.”

THE GENEROUSITY OF HYDRO ONE

Free stuff for First Nations!

SENTENCING BLACKMORE, CHILD BRIDE PROVIDER

NP:  CRANBROOK, B.C. — A former husband and wife from the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C., are going to jail for taking a 13-year-old girl into the United States to marry the now-imprisoned leader of their sect.

Friday, August 11, 2017

RECORD WATER RELEASE FROM LAKE ONTARIO

As Lake Ontario's water level continues to fall, the U.S.-Canadian panel that manages the lake will continue with record out-flows at the Moses-Sanders dam in Massena for at least a few more days "provided conditions remain safe to do so."
At its Aug. 1 meeting, the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, which is affiliated with the International Joint Commission, noted the water level has dropped rapidly compared to average rates through the months of June and July.

BRAD WALL RETIRES FROM POLITICS

What legacy does Brad Wall leave? He broke the back of the New Democratic Party in Saskatchewan, and that is no small thing. Other “conservatives” had tried to tackle the power of the socialist government-Crown-corp-labour spider’s web woven by Tommy Douglas and his successors. All bungled the job, despite the obvious strength of the potential right-wing vote in the province’s hinterland. Wall had to complete the creation of an anti-socialist alternative in Saskatchewan, unite it behind him, and out-campaign a political machine that was in the hands of its third generation.

NUMBNUTS FILDEBRANDT

A United Conservative Party MLA is taking a leave of absence from his role as finance critic in the wake of a controversy over renting out his taxpayer-subsidized apartment on Airbnb for months.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

IRANIAN BLOGGER SAFE IN ISRAEL

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Iranian blogger who wrote for an Israeli news website and who left her country for exile after threats of imprisonment arrived in Israel on Thursday, saying she feels "safe now" after finally reaching the Jewish state.

THE SNOWFLAKES OF GOOGLE

What do Google, Evergreen State College, and Middlebury have in common?
A lot, apparently.  They're filled with "snowflakes" -- those students (in Google's case, employees) who have such a high sensitivity to -- or is it inability to tolerate -- diversity of thought, they dissolve like so many, well, snowflakes.  (Unlike real snowflakes, however, that are different one from the other, these snowflakes tend to be monotonously the same, spewing the same slogans and even wearing, basically, the same clothes.)
 

TWO FACES OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Instead of telling all asylum seekers from Haiti that they will very likely be deported, the Trudeau government is setting up impromptu welcome stations along the border and shuttling asylum claimants to Montreal – a self-styled sanctuary city.
But Canada routinely rejects most asylum claims filed by Haitians. In the first half of 2015, the last year data is available, the acceptance rate for asylum claimants from Haiti was only 38%.

OSPCA LOSES

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- All animal cruelty charges against Marineland have been dropped after prosecutors said there was no reasonable chance of conviction on most of the 11 counts.

KEEPING CANADIAN SOLDIERS BUSY

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. -- Teams of Canadian soldiers stretched canvas across the metal frames of tents at a camp site near the Quebec-U.S. border Wednesday as they helped fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.
The site, located on a flat stretch of grass behind the building where asylum claimants are bused in from the border, was expected to accommodate up to 500 people.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

INNER WORKINGS OF LARGE BANKS

The episode involving the London Whale illustrates how difficult it is to learn the truth about the inner working of large banks.  Big banks profit by exploiting information and conflicts found between the world of credit and the world of securities.  Indeed, the CIO's office generated big returns for JPM over the decade or so that Iksil was with the bank. 
But the London Whale episode also shows in graphic terms why the Volcker Rule prohibitions against banks trading for their own account need to be preserved and strengthened.  There is a fundamental conflict between a bank acting as a lender and trading credit derivatives.

THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE LIBERAL VOTER

A report earlier this year found Ontario to be the second-worst economy for young people in Canada. It’s a province where the full trappings of adulthood – even moving away from home – are being delayed.
Everyone 35 and older thinks the PCs are the ticket in 2018. But there is still one cohort backing Wynne: those aged 18 to 34.

HORSE BREEDERS SUING PROVINCE & OLG

Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and his one-time finance minister, Dwight Duncan, must answer questions under oath from a group of horse breeders regarding a controversial 2012 decision to end a slot machine revenue-sharing program with the horse racing industry.
The breeders allege that powerful individuals had secretly resolved to scrap the slots deal before it was raised at a key cabinet meeting on Feb. 8, 2012.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

AMERICANS AGING IN PLACE

Like much of his generation, Yanoviak is desperate to get a piece of an increasingly scarce commodity: prime American real estate. Millennials are finding themselves out in the cold because building has slowed, and longer-living baby boomers are staying put, setting up a simmering conflict between the two biggest generations in U.S. history.  People 55 and older own 53 percent of U.S. owner-occupied houses, the biggest share since the government started collecting data in 1900.

U OF GEORGIA'S STRESSED SNOWFLAKES

A University of Georgia professor has adopted a “stress reduction policy” that will allow students to select their own grades if they “feel unduly stressed” by the ones they earned.

TRUDEAU SEWING SEEDS OF UNITY CRISIS

NP:  “The cumulative effect of this and the carbon tax mean we are heading toward an unhealthy debate, just as we did when another Trudeau introduced his energy policy. How is this different from a National Energy Program, in terms of the reality of what it will do to jobs and pipelines and so on? That is starting to sink in,” the Saskatchewan premier said in an interview.
The Liberals are putting the finishing touches to what will be one of their most controversial policies going into the next election – the environmental assessment regulations that will govern natural resource development.

ONTARIO'S HYDRO DEAL WITH QUEBEC

La Presse reported Tuesday that it obtained a copy of a draft deal that says Ontario would buy eight terawatt hours per year from Quebec – about six per cent of Ontario’s consumption – whether the electricity is consumed or not.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS IN CANADA

This crisis of illegal immigration along the Canada – U.S. border has reached a new pinnacle.
According to Customs and Immigration Union President Jean-Pierre Fortin, who represents Canada’s border guards, as many as 500 people are illegally crossing into Quebec every day.
More than ten thousand migrants have walked across the border this year, choosing deliberately to cross at unofficial crossings to avoid the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the U.S.

OLD TECHNOLOGY RETURNS FOR SHIP NAVIGATION

The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.
Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts say are vulnerable to jamming by hackers.
South Korea is developing an alternative system using an earth-based navigation technology known as eLoran, while the United States is planning to follow suit. Britain and Russia have also explored adopting versions of the technology, which works on radio signals.
 

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that he wants climate change, reducing emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy to be written into the new NAFTA when Canada, the U.S. and Mexico begin renegotiating the deal later this month.
"We are certainly looking for a better level playing field across North America on environmental protections,"Trudeau said.
However with Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, referring to climate change as a "hoax" and pledging to return the U.S. coal industry to its glory days, the White House and the Canadian government are pretty far apart on many environmental issues.

Monday, August 7, 2017

MERKEL'S GERMANY IS NOT A GREEN CHAMPION

Sure enough, German emissions crept up 0.7 percent last year. Some analysts are pinning that increase on the growing German economy, but the country’s biggest brown problem is its reliance on coal. Coal is just about the dirtiest fossil fuel around, but it’s been in increased demand in Germany following all these nuclear shutdowns. Germany imports hard coal to supply 17 percent of its power, and sources another 23 percent of its electricity from domestically produced lignite, an especially dirty variety of coal. All of that adds up to a lot of emissions.

EPA ETHICS PANEL

Back in March, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt questioned the human contribution to climate change. The Sierra Club immediately raised an ethics complaint against Pruitt’s climate heresy.

TORONTO'S 500% PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

It looks like this: one landlord in attendance showed me the tax bill on his building in the 500-block of Yonge. In 2016, he paid just over $22,000 in property tax. In 2017, he was asked to pay more than $48,000. And that increase was the first year of a four year phase in — so he was told to expect similar increases every year until 2020.

WYNNE'S FINANCIAL HOUSE OF CARDS

 As the Fraser Institute explained in a report last week on Ontario’s finances, all is not rosy for Ontarians on the deficit front.
That’s because the Liberals accumulated debt for this year is projected at $311.9 billion, almost 125% higher than the $138.8 billion debt the Liberals inherited from the Progressive Conservatives when they came to power in 2003.
Interest still has to be paid on that $311.9 billion by taxpayers, at a rate of almost $1 billion a month, or $11.6 billion annually.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EXPENSIVE & INEFFECTIVE

Germain Belzile, a senior research associate at MEI, and Mark Milke, an independent policy analyst, did a thorough analysis of where the electricity to recharge these cars could come from, how much greenhouse gas could be eliminated from the environment by replacing fuel-powered cars with battery-powered electrics, how much this would cost, and how effective government subsidies to this end could be.
The results of the study make the correct policy clear — there is no hope for electric cars to achieve any of the goals their proponents make for them, and your tax dollars are being profligately wasted.

20% BIODIESEL BLEND

Minnesota is set to double its biodiesel standards to a 20% blend, following endorsement from the commissioners of the state's agriculture, pollution and commerce departments
According to a statement from the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, biodiesel currently adds 63 cents to a bushel of soybeans. When B20 goes into effect, that value could double. Minnesota’s biodiesel industry annually contributes more than 1.7 billion to the economy.

TURNING BACK ASYLUM SEEKERS

The latest spate of asylum seekers crossing the border over dirt paths in Quebec has once again sparked some, including Conservative politicians, to ask why Ottawa doesn't press Washington to allow those people to be turned back to the United States.
There is, after all, a deal in place with the Americans that allows Canadian border guards to turn back asylum seekers who arrive at official border crossings from the United States – but not in between them. Many have called for the Canadian government to close that "loophole."
 
 

BRITISH COLUMBIA WILDFIRES

Last week, there were 150 wildfires still actively burning in British Columbia. The fires have displaced thousands of people, with an estimated 6,000 still on evacuation order and more than 300 buildings destroyed. More than 840 fires have burned through 4,260 square kilometres since April 1, at a cost of $172.5-million to fight the flames, despite the province just now starting to enter what is typically the wildfire season. According to the Canadian Red Cross, 50,000 people in the province have registered to receive assistance.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

PILE DRIVING AFFECTING WELLS

Less than two days after pile driving began to construct industrial turbines near Jessica and Paul Brooks' home in Chatham Township, their once crystal-clear water well has become clogged with sediments.  H/T SDA

FLEEING VENEZUELA

Venezuela is in a crisis now, chiefly fueled by that curse of all socialism, what Lady Thatcher described as "running out of other people's money."
Refugees are pouring out of that country at a furious pace, in their millions, with some ten percent of the country's 28 million people already out. Venezuela is the number one country for asylum claims in the U.S. now, and a very high number of refugees.

UPHEAVAL IN THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

NP: The latest upheaval has come with the resignation of nine members of the Ontario Medical Association’s 270-person governing council, firing off accusations of bullying, secretiveness and out-of-control bureaucracy as they go.
That followed a court case against the association by a specialist sub-group last year, online discussions that devolved into vulgar name-calling, and the overthrow of the OMA’s entire executive.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

CHALLENGING THE BULLSH!TTER

Al Gore can't back up his claims of sea level rise; he's schooled by the Mayor of an eroding island.
Surprisingly, Al dodges the issue with a non-answer.

CANADA'S OWN SANCTUARY CITY CRISIS

Sanctuary city labels serve as an invitation to all illegal immigrants to take up residency without fear of consequences.
Well, lo and behold, Montreal is now experiencing a U.S.-style crisis.

COLLUSION BETWEEN LYNCH, FBI & MEDIA

Back on June 29, 2016, Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, tried to convince us that the following 'impromptu' meeting between herself and Bill Clinton at the Phoenix airport, a private meeting which lasted 30 minutes on Lynch's private plane, was mostly a "social meeting" in which Bill talked about his grandchildren and golf game.  It was not, under any circumstances, related to the statement that former FBI Director James Comey made just 6 days later clearing Hillary Clinton of any alleged crimes related to his agency's investigation.

SHE MAKES PELOSI SOUND SMART

Waters: ‘When We Finish With Trump, We Have to Go and Get’ Putin

MORE THAN 1 MILLION JOBS CREATED

Defying expectations that job creation would slump this year, America has added more than 200,000 jobs in four out of Trump’s six months in office. That brought the total number of jobs created since the start of February to 1.07 million. On average, the economy created 179,000 jobs in each of the first six months of Trump’s presidency.

SOOO...WHAT'S IN A SAUSAGE?

A federally funded study has found that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren’t on the label.

JUDGING THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE

JP Richard Bisson has admitted to judicial misconduct for mistreating not only Howe, but a long list of defendants who came before him on Sept.9, 2015. In a damning agreed statement of facts before the Justices of the Peace Review Council, Bisson admitted to a “pattern of legal errors (that) demonstrates a lack of competence in the law, a failure to properly apply the law, and a lack of awareness or understanding of the law, in the context of routine duties of a justice of the peace.”

LIBERALS SINKING ONTARIO INDUSTRY

 The Globe and Mail reports concerns raised by Magna International, Inc. that proposed provincial labor legislation (the “Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act”) could result in seriously reduced economic competitiveness for Ontario.  Magna is Canada’s largest employer in the automotive sector, “one of a handful of homegrown Canadian companies that have risen to the status of global giants.”
Magna told the provincial parliamentary standing committee on finance that “For the first time in our 60 year history, we find ourselves in the very untenable position questioning whether we will be able to operate at historical levels in this province.”

DIVERSITY REPLACES MERIT AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES

The proposed solution to oppression and victimization in Canadian universities is implementing, enhancing, and the rewarding diversity. What is intended by this is correcting social ills and unfairness by benefiting those who belong to victim categories, those who have suffered at the hands of the white, male, Euro-Canadian, middle class, heterosexual oppressors. Members of victim categories are by policy favoured and benefited. Academic merit, as it used to be regarded, is, the argument goes, an artifact of the advantages of the oppressors, and lack of merit the disadvantage of the oppressed. Negating academic merit as a tool of oppression is the virtue of the new, “social justice” university

Friday, August 4, 2017

AIN'T DEMOCRACY GRAND

Gettin' what ya voted for:


SEEKING ASYLUM IN QUEBEC

The asylum seekers arrive about a dozen by the hour at the end of a quiet country road in upstate New York, hopping out of taxis, extended passenger vans and private vehicles. They appear to range in age from seven months to 70 years, but they count more very young people than old.
Some 6,500 people have sought asylum in Quebec in the first six months of the year, a nine-year high

23,000 TERRORISTS AND COUNTING

On May 26, four days after the major terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, British intelligence officials stated that they had identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the UK, all of them considered potential terrorist attackers.

TORONTO HOUSING MARKET IMPLODES

On Thursday, the Toronto Real Estate Board reported that July home prices in Canada’s largest city suffered their biggest monthly drop on record amid government efforts to cool the market and the near-collapse of Home Capital Group spooked speculators.

AL GORE: HYPOCRITE

Hundreds of years from now, when Al Gore is still wrong about everything, perhaps historians will decide he was the biggest scam artist of the 21st century.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS WANT COMPENSATION

It often seems that campus activists are less about actually creating positive "change" and more about personal vanity. The latest entry comes from the upper-crust Sarah Lawrence College, where The College Fix reports that some activists feel they deserve to be compensated for their activism.
And not by the organizations they're working with, but by the very peers they tend to annoy with their antics:
 

USA- CHINA TRADE WAR

The smell of trade war between China and the US is becoming ever more rancid.
In the latest development, this morning we reported that the Trump administration is planning a probe of what the U.S. sees as violations of intellectual property by China. Against a backdrop of Trump’s frustrations with domestic policy, sliding approval ratings and disagreement with China over North Korea, the chances of protectionist action are rising according to Bloomberg while CNBC adds that the official start date of the trade war will be this Friday.
But who stands to lose - and win - if the U.S. takes aim at the unbalanced trade relationship? Bloomberg has done the math and found that with total trade of more than half a trillion dollars a year, the list of potential losers is very long.

TRUDEAU'S EGO REVEALS HIS CHARACTER

People who enjoy making themselves appear big by making others appear small are best avoided in life, if possible.
Admittedly, that’s hard to do when they’re the Prime Minister.
Three times since July 1 alone -- twice in foreign media -- Justin Trudeau has gratuitously aggrandized himself at the expense of other Canadians.

STATS CANADA 2016 CENSUS

Couples without kids are outpacing their procreating counterparts, same-sex relationships are blossoming, multiple generations are living under the same roof and more people than ever are living alone, Statistics Canada revealed Wednesday as the 2016 census showcased more seismic changes in the way Canadians are living their lives.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CALIFORNIA RANCHERS HOPPING MAD

California is known for it's wacky legislation.  After all, it is the state where Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law specifically intended to regulate cow flatulence...no, really (acres (for those who have difficulty conceptualizing what 2 million acres looks like, it's roughly 3x the size of Rhode Island) in order to protect a frog, the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog to be exact.

MASS MIGRATION DESTROYING GERMANY

Ever since the start of the deliberately conceived “migrant crisis,” orchestrated by NWO elites, the news out of Germany has been, to say the least, horrific. Right before the eyes of the world, a country is being demographically destroyed through a coercive plan of mass migration.  The intended consequences of this – financial strain, widespread crime and property destruction, the breakdown of German culture – will continue to worsen if things are not turned around.

EUROPE'S BANKING DYSFUNCTION WORSENS

This week The Institutional Risk Analyst takes a look a the recent reports out of the EU regarding a proposal to “freeze” the retail accounts of failing European banks.  The original story in Reuters suggests that our friends in Europe actually think that telling the public that they will not have access to their funds, even funds covered by official deposit insurance schemes, is somehow helpful to addressing Europe’s troubled banking system.  Investors who think that Europe is close to adopting an effective approach to dealing with failing banks may want to think again.

CANADA'S REGULATED REAL ESTATE SECTOR

Canada’s housing sector has been whipsawed by policy changes over the past year as governments have tried to cool overheated markets in Vancouver and Toronto and stave off a consumer debt crisis.
  The reforms have created a major national experiment in cooling off an industry sector in the face of overwhelming consumer demand. Here are highlights of some of the most significant reforms announced in the past 12 months, along with the market impacts.

SOURCES OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IN CANADA

Fentanyl originating from China, heroin sent from east Africa, and anabolic steroids from Moldova. Documents obtained by Global News show where these illegal drugs and more are being trafficked from.

POTENTIAL RISKS TO THE HOMELAND

Defense Department investigators have discovered “potential security risks” in a Pentagon program that has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces since 2009, Fox News has learned exclusively, with sources on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon expressing alarm over “foreign infiltration” and enrollees now unaccounted for.

THE JOYS OF AIR TRAVEL

The flight landed at the Ottawa airport just after 5 p.m. ET, after more than eight hours of flying time.
It then sat on the tarmac for six hours and passengers weren't allowed to get off.

CONSERVATIVES WHO WANT TO BE LIBERALS

That said, the Tories need to smarten up and stop acting as if the way back to power is to be pseudo-Liberals.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE POVERTY INDUSTRY

The cost of providing services to homeless people with mental illness in Canada is so high that a team of researchers from across Canada is suggesting policymakers look at alternatives, since current programs are not doing enough to end homelessness. 

The team, led by McGill University health economist Eric Latimer, found that on average, it costs more than $50,000 per person per year to offer services in Canada's three biggest cities: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

AUSTRALIAN WEATHER BUREAU TAMPERING

Australian scientists at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) ordered a review of temperature recording instruments after the government agency was caught tampering with temperature logs in several locations.

SHARIA ON WHEELS IN GERMANY

Muslim Biker Gang Vows To "Protect" Fellow Muslims

SWISS BANKS PUNISHING SAVERS

There was one notable - and unexpected - development, and it had to do with the SNB's -0.75% deposit rate. As Reuters writes, Swiss banks paid 970 million Swiss francs ($1 billion) in negative interest rate charges in the first half of 2017, a 40% surge from the previous year, as clients continued to hoard even more cash despite every possible action undertaken by the central bank to force savers to spend, or better yet, invest the funds.

BLEATING SCIENTISTS

It’s never been harder to be a climate scientist,” claims a heartrending piece in New Republic. Climate scientists working directly for the Trump administration are the most affected. A report published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists describes a “culture of fear” as government scientists are gagged, sidelined, or fired, and funding cuts loom. “Some are afraid to utter the words ‘climate change,’” the report reads.

SO LONG SCARAMUCCI

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after just a week into the job, according to reports.

RECORDING PHYSICIANS

Physicians are being advised by their insurer that patients could record them using smartphones — with or without permission.
The Canadian Medical Protective Association, which among other legal services, insures doctors against malpractice, recommends physicians consider setting recording policies for their clinics.

FREE TRADE WITH CHINA; PROBLEMS ABOUND

A summary of the results of these consultations says that while Canadian businesses generally support a potential free trade pact with China, they have some persistent concerns the government concedes will be challenging to address, including questions surrounding issues like non-tariff barriers, technical standards and transparency.
The document goes on to list enforcement of intellectual property in China as difficult, along with concerns over a level playing field with Chinese-state owned enterprises.

Monday, July 31, 2017

ECONOMY'S ADDICTION TO REAL ESTATE FEES

Canada's addiction to real estate goes far beyond our obsession with talking about it. Our economy actually relies more on the fees associated with buying and selling houses than it does on agriculture, fishing, forestry and hunting combined.
Real estate commissions, land transfer taxes, legal costs and fees for inspecting and surveying homes make up almost two per cent of Canada's economy.

MEDICAL COSTS OF OXYCONTIN CRISIS

A proposed legal settlement involving the drug company whose pill triggered Canada’s deadly opioid epidemic shuts the door on the provinces taking action to recoup the costs of treating people dependent on painkillers.
Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, has agreed to pay $20-million, including $2-million to provincial health insurers, to settle the long-standing class-action suit.
The amount earmarked for the provinces reimburses only a fraction of their health-care costs. The provinces’ public drug plans spent $423.3-million over a five-year period on medications used for addiction to prescription painkillers and illicit opioids.
 

THE SCOURGE OF CARBON TAXES

Canadians are right to be skeptical. As the Fraser Institute showed in a recent study, provinces are implementing carbon pricing in ways that fundamentally violate the three key principles of efficient and economically benign carbon pricing, which are: 1) the tax must displace existing regulations, not be atop them; 2) The tax must be fully rebated to the public as reductions in other distortionary taxes such as income and corporate taxes; and 3) the tax revenues must not be used to distort energy systems by supporting one form of production over another.

JOB OPENING

Mobsters are jostling to fill the vacuum left by the death of an organized crime mega-boss, resulting in about a dozen unsolved violent incidents this year in Ontario — shootings, explosions and killings.
After Vito Rizzuto, considered by police to be Canada’s most powerful mobster, died in Montreal in December 2013 of reportedly natural causes, a vacancy at the top opened up. And the results have been bloody.
 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

INTERFERING IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS

NP:  Just how greatly these foreign organizations and money contributed to interfering in the Canadian election needs to be investigated by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, states Canada Decides.
“The threat to Canadian election sovereignty is real and must be eliminated by the Commissioner as quickly and decisively as possible,” adds the report.

DANCING WITH THE DRAGON

Trudeau has made it much easier for foreigners to buy up Canadian real estate and companies, by increasing the threshold at which foreign takeovers will be reviewed — to $1 billion.
Despite a recent Nanos poll showing most Canadians didn’t want to sell our high-tech companies to China, Trudeau’s public-relations efforts have convinced a slight majority of Canadians to support his pursuit of a free-trade agreement with Beijing

DISRUPTING BC FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS

Frontline workers risking their lives battling wildfires across B.C. are now adding thieves, vandals and careless outdoor enthusiasts to their list of problems.

MAKING CANADA LESS COMPETETIVE:PETRONAS DEBACLE

NP:  This week’s decision by Malaysian energy giant Petronas to abandon its plans to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on B.C.’s Pacific Coast is a devastating blow to the local and Canadian economies.
Unfortunately, the Petronas debacle is not an isolated event either. It’s emblematic of a broader, nation-wide problem. Our governments have badly damaged the appeal of Canada’s investment climate. Companies face different regulatory requirements in each province and there are regulations at provincial and federal levels that end up duplicating each other, adding nothing but red tape. Environmental assessments drag on nearly indefinitely.

CHINA'S ESPIONAGE

NP:  A successful Toronto businessman is fighting government charges that he is a spy for China

GREEN ENERGY WRECKING LIVES IN AUSTRALIA

TODAY’S confronting revelation that more than 464 Queenslanders a week are having their electricity disconnected because of soaring power prices is a wake-up call to the Labor Party.
Labor’s zealotry on renewable energy targets is sending the country broke.

PRESIDENT CHAOS & THE KEYSTONE KONGRESS

What a week! After a health care bill nearly dies due to Capital malfeasance and White House neglect, Donald Trump finally discovers his inner president and bully pulpits the Keystone Kongress back to work. A (let's face it) dying Senator John McCain — a man who seems to love the image of himself on a white horse more than he likes actually winning stuff — gets on his white horse and rides to rescue the vote, then votes the wrong way because something something something.

OCEAN LEVELS FALL, CRICKETS FROM MEDIA

Most media outlets cannot be bothered to report something that dramatically deflates their narrative. So it goes without saying that when NASA confirmed that ocean levels have actually been falling for the past few years, the media would be more than silent.
As the global warming narrative quickly unravels, and leftists scramble to throw accusations at those who dare question the false data, the media brushes facts under the rug. Amidst revelations of scientific fraud, data alteration and faked “hockey stick” data models, the fake news media remains suspiciously silent over the fact that NASA now confirms ocean levels have been falling for nearly two years.

P&G SLASH DIGITAL AD SPENDING

Tired of feeding an opaque, slimy industry of bots and fake clicks:
Procter & Gamble, one of the largest and most sophisticated advertisers in the world, reported on Thursday that sales were slightly down in the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year, despite consumer price inflation. It’s the epitome of corporate revenue stagnation: only price increases keep revenues from declining. An activist investor – formerly called “corporate raider” – is breathing down its neck. So cost cutting to raise profits is the trick.
When a corporate giant cuts costs, it cuts the revenues of other companies.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

E&E LEGAL WINS MAJOR RULING AGAINST VERMONT

Washington, D.C. – The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) has two freedom of Information Act cases pending against the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for records relating to the notorious “climate-RICO” scheme among ideologically aligned, activist state AGs, first exposed by E&E Legal last April.
Today E&E received favourable ruling in both their cases.

AUSTRALIAN TALE OF GOVERNMENT IDIOCY

This is a tale of idiocy, full of facts and foreboding, signifying that the end times must be surely upon us. A bloke bought a sheep property of half a million acres in western Queensland for $2.0 million. Instead of running sheep on it, he now gets $350,000 per annum under the federal government’s Direct Action scheme for not using the grass on his property.

HOUSE INTEL. CHAIR ACCUSES OBAMA STAFFERS

After being forced to recuse himself from his committee's investigation of the 'Russian meddling' controversy earlier this year (see: House Intel Committee Chair Nunes Recuses Himself From Russia Probe), Devin Nunes has thrust himself back into the national spotlight by drafting a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, saying he has evidence that several of Obama's top political aides made hundreds of unmasking requests in the waning days of Obama's administration even though they offered no legitimate reason to do so and some of them didn't even serve in an intelligence position.

COUNTERING EXTREMISM IN GERMANY

The ferocious street riots during the G20 summit earlier this month in Hamburg have fueled the discussion about political extremism and violence in Germany. One talking point is centered on the question if the state and the police reacted adequately, and how extremism should best be countered in general.

INVESTIGATING COMEY, LYNCH & CLINTON

As such, 20 Republican Representatives have sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein demanding the appointment of a Second Special Counsel to look into a laundry list of potential scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and many others from the Obama administration.

COMBATING WHITENESS IN SCHOOLS

A recent conference hosted by an Ivy League university focused on integration and inclusion in K-12 education and included workshops on how educators should face white privilege in their classrooms, challenge microaggressions and address “Eurocentric pedagogical approaches.”

JOHN KELLY NEW CHIEF OF STAFF

President Donald Trump replaced Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Friday with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general.
The shift at the top of the White House hierarchy is aimed at bringing order to an administration that has been beset by infighting, as Mr. Trump seeks to notch the sort of sweeping legislative victories that he promised during the campaign but that have eluded him to this point, advisers to the president said.

POWER STRUGGLE OVER THE COLUMBIA RIVER

To ride down the Columbia River as the John Day Dam’s wall of concrete slowly fills the view from a tugboat is to see what the country’s largest network of energy-producing dams created through five decades of 20th-century ambition, investment and hubris.
Now, the Trump administration has proposed rethinking the entire system, with a plan to sell the transmission network of wires and substations owned by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that distributes most of the Columbia basin’s output, to private buyers.

Friday, July 28, 2017

TOLERANCE IS WEARING THIN

  Which would explain a recent incident in the French town of Séméac, where the government recently bought a hotel in the hopes of turning it into a migrant shelter.
  Protesters in the town have built a nearly-two-metre-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to try to prevent it being turned into a migrant shelter
 
 

"THIS BULLSH*T WILL NOT STAND"

On Thursday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro testified about free speech on college campuses before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In less than five minutes, he dissected and destroyed the Left's argument against free speech.
"Free speech is under assault because of a three-step argument made by advocates and justifiers of violence," Shapiro declared in his opening remarks.
 

BC WILDFIRE EVACUEES RETURNING HOME

 Thousands of people who rushed out of their homes as a wildfire neared Williams Lake are being allowed to return to the Interior British Columbia city, but with a warning that they could be forced to leave again.

QUEBEC'S TONGUE TROOPERS STILL AT IT

He says the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), started sending letters to the Montreal location, on Bernard St., in early June because of his English-only website


TOO MANY PEOPLE DOING TOO LITTLE

It took being embarrassed — first on the front page of our newspaper, followed by TV, radio and even in media across the pond — to get Toronto’s parks officials to step up to the plate.
Stepgate is now 13 steps closer to being resolved. If not by Friday, the new safer staircase into the south end of Etobicoke’s Tom Riley Park will be usable early next week.
   They counted eight — yes eight — parks officials and a crane working on the actual installation of the new pre-fabricated stairs.

NOT A PROMISING START

The federal infrastructure bank is many months away from opening its doors, but Liberals have given a group of civil servants the power to help fast-track approval of projects for private funding well in advance.
The officials are now on the verge of handing in their secret evaluations of the projects, along with any recommendations about how to use public funds to quickly pull in private dollars to pay for construction.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG

A Chinese man has transferred more than 29 percent of HNA Group of China — the equivalent of as much as $18 billion — to a New York-based private foundation. The donation puts him in the same league as donors like Bill Gates and Warren E. Buffett and almost matched the combined giving of all American corporations in 2016.
But it has not been disclosed how that man, Guan Jun, who is in his 30s, came to own such a large piece of one of China’s biggest conglomerates. His registered address in Beijing is a modest apartment at the end of a dingy hallway littered with discarded furniture and bags of trash.
 

AWAN ARRESTED AT DULLES AIRPORT

To the embarrassment, more accurately the humiliation, of CNN, Deborah Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, not to mention dozens of Democratic congressmen and women -- all of whom used the article's writer for IT help for their government computers -- the author, Pakistani-born Imran Awan was arrested Tuesday by the FBI at Dulles Airport for alleged bank fraud. He was trying to flee the country for Qatar.

SHOCKS TO CANADA'S NATURAL RESOURCE SECTOR

This has not been a good week for the reputation of this country’s natural resource sector. On Tuesday, the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas project was cancelled, ostensibly because of poor global prices but really because of the reduced attractiveness of the Canadian market for investment.
In addition to new carbon taxes, businesses find themselves facing rising electricity costs, federal government fee increases, Canada Pension Plan hikes, richer minimum wages and higher Employment Insurance rates than would have been the case had the government not increased EI costs.
  The Liberal government is going to have to create a more focused, predictable regulatory regime or Canadians will face a future of lower living standards, higher taxes and bigger debt.

WYNNE'S PLATITUDES

Premier Kathleen Wynne is pledging to minimize the impact on small business of the looming increase to the minimum wage.
“We’re going to work with small businesses and in the fall, we’ll bring forward some initiatives that will help business to get through this transition,” Wynne told Newstalk 1010 on Wednesday.
“There are some other things that we can do to support small businesses through the transition,” the premier said without offering specifics.
 

PATRICK'S PARTY

Lisa MacLeod has represented Nepean-Carleton in the Ontario legislature since 2006 but the riding is being split at the next election. MacLeod is running in the northern suburban section, called Nepean. After one of their now-routine ugly nomination squabbles, the Tories nominated young trade lawyer Goldie Ghamari in the rural Carleton section last November.
   MacLeod’s antipathy to Ghamari isn’t a secret. There are too many layers to disentangle completely, but it’s wrapped up in Brown’s attempts to assert himself in the party’s Eastern Ontario operation as a newcomer to provincial politics.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PUTIN'S PROPAGANDA AGAINST UKRAINE

Vladimir Putin’s decade-long media campaign turned Russians against Ukrainians and Ukraine itself before he annexed Crimea in 2014.
   Putin successfully fanned the flames of ethnic Russian nationalism, turning Russians against both the Ukrainian state and people.

WHEN ROAD GRADERS GO ROGUE

The Ontario government-commissioned report was supposed to depict an idealized sustainable farm in the Ontario of 2050. And for some reason, it features highway equipment mercilessly destroying a field of harvest-ready lettuce.
Apparently mistaking the machine for a tractor, the report’s authors equipped the farm with a road grader — a piece of heavy equipment used to create level surfaces for roads.

DON'T MENTION THE PIPELINE

Trudeau and new B.C. premier, John Horgan, agree — don't mention the pipeline.

ONTARIO LIBERALS IN COURT

Kathleen Wynne will testify as a Crown witness at an upcoming Election Act bribery trial for two Liberals, putting the Ontario premier directly in the spotlight of an already politically charged case.
Pat Sorbara, the premier's former deputy chief of staff, faces two bribery charges under the Election Act, and Gerry Lougheed, a Liberal fundraiser, faces one charge.
A second Liberal trial is set to start just days apart in Toronto.
David Livingston and Laura Miller, who were then-premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff, face charges of breach of trust, and mischief in relation to data and misuse of a computer system to commit the offence of mischief.

SINK YOUR DINGHIES

Call it the case of the delayed dinghies.
The Canadian military wants to replace its fleet of inflatable landing craft, which is more than a quarter-century old, with 350 new inflatables designed for rapid deployment of up to a dozen infantry or engineers in each boat.
Public Services and Procurement Canada has flubbed the order twice since last year – and will be trying to place an order for a third time later this year.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

100 YEARS OF INCOME TAX

One hundred years ago, on July 25, 1917, Conservative Finance Minister Sir Thomas White introduced a plan for Canada’s very first income tax in the House of Commons. It was three years into the First World War, and days after the adoption of compulsory military service. White had suggested that Parliament consider whether or not to keep the tax after the war. Since we’re all still paying, someone, somewhere in Ottawa must deem this anniversary worth celebrating.

JUSTIN'S SANCTIMONIOUS LECTURING

It was also a bit rich, and incredibly disingenuous, to call the controversy sweeping the country over the Liberals’ $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr nothing more than a “domestic squabble.” The vast majority of Canadians remain outraged

INVESTIGATING THE AWAN BROTHERS

Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media. However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.  While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.
   Of course, if Republicans and/or members of the Trump administration hired foreign-born IT specialists who were suspected of committing a laundry list of federal crimes and then smashed a bunch of hard drives just before skipping town...we're sure the media would still gloss right over it in much the same way they're doing for the  Democrats in this instance.

SHRINKFLATION

As a new study in the U.K. just revealed, shrinking portion sizes among food manufacturers is actually way more common than you might think and you probably never even noticed it.  In fact, according to data from the Office for National Statistics, over 2,500 consumer products in the U.K. shrunk in size over the past five years despite being sold for the same price.

CALIFORNIA'S IMAM PRAYS FOR ANNIHILATION OF JEWS

Imam Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis in California delivered a sermon on Friday in which he quoted an antisemitic hadith and prayed for Allah to “annihilate” Jews “down to the very last one.”

CHARLIE GARD'S STORY

The controversy about Charlie Gard grew from the National Health Service refusing to release Charlie for treatment in the United States, saying it was not in Charlie's best interests. His parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, appealed the decision to the courts, which uniformly ruled against the parents.

Monday, July 24, 2017

POLYGAMY IS A CRIME

CRANBROOK, B.C. — Two former bishops of an isolated religious commune in British Columbia have been found guilty of practising polygamy after a decades-long legal fight launched by the provincial government.
Winston Blackmore, 60, was married to Jane Blackmore and then married 24 additional women as part of so-called "celestial" marriages involving residents in the tiny community of Bountiful.
The court heard his co-defendant James Oler, 53, had five wives.

WHERE'S THE GLOBAL WARMING?

It might be July but a frost warning has been issued for parts of northwestern New Brunswick. 

DETROIT DEMOLISHING HOMES USING FEDERAL MONEY

Contrary to popular perception, not all of the money approved as part of the federal government’s emergency effort to save the American financial system in the fall of 2008 went to the big banks. Some of it – nearly $10 billion, all told – went to support the government’s “hardest hit” program, meant to help forestall foreclosures in 18 states.
And unsurprisingly, nearly a decade after the program was signed into law, government investigators are finding that much of this money was squandered by state governments. Money initially earmarked to help troubled homeowners struggling with underwater mortgages was instead spent on demolitions meant to boost prices of surrounding homes and help ward off crime in city neighborhoods. Except the money was often squandered by state governments, disproportionately robbing poor citizens in cities like Detroit of a program meant to save them from homelessness.

FRANCE: JUNE 2017

A month of multiculturalism in France.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

KEEPING QUEBEC MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS IN LINE

A Quebec maple syrup producer has lost an ongoing legal battle over the province’s control of syrup supplies.
The Supreme Court of Canada announced on June 8 that it will not hear two appeals from Angèle Grenier, a maple syrup producer who runs an operation just south of Quebec City.
She’s facing $300,000 in fines from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, in addition to the $150,000 she’s spent in legal fees.

WHEN THEIR EPA EMPIRE FELL

Following eight years under Obama, where there were few constraints on the fatuousness of their policies, or the damage caused by regulatory assaults on private property and individual rights, these little dictators are now looking for other thrones from which to elevate their radicalism.

OPTICIAN'S MISSION TO MAKE GLASSES AFFORDABLE

Philippe Rochette is a Montreal optician on a radical mission.
While a pair of glasses in a stylish shop can easily cost you more than $1,000, Rochette sells his for $100 or $200.
But for customers who cannot afford that much, he will sell prescription glasses — frame and lenses — for $20. Or give them away for free.

MEXICO'S MURDER RATE

 Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.

CRITICIZING BRITAIN'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

The utterly unparalleled degree of moral outrage which greets any criticism of the NHS bespeaks the decades of propaganda - in the state’s schools, from the state’s politicians, and on the state’s news and media outlets - which have taught the British people to believe that the only alternative to a state-controlled healthcare monopoly is for the poor to die in the streets . This has led to a situation wherein the desperately needed reforms to Britain’s healthcare system cannot even be discussed, due to the irrational overflowing of blind rage and uncomprehending contempt that greets any criticism of Britain’s ultimate sacred cow.

COMBATING THE SOROS MAFIA NETWORK

The war of words between Hungary's outspoken prime minister Viktor Orban and liberal billionaire George Soros escalated to previously unseen levels on Saturday, when the Hungarian PM said that European Union leaders and Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," however during a visit to Romania, Orban said that Hungary's border fences, supported by other Central European countries, will block the EU-Soros effort to increase Muslim migration into Europe.

HOLDING THE SPINMASTERS ACCOUNTABLE

For all the talk of obstruction and interference by the Trump camp, it's neither Donald Trump Jr. nor Paul Manafort who are challenging their scheduled testimony in the Senate next Wednesday, but rather the man who according to many started the whole "Trump Russia collusion" narrative, who is doing everything in his power to avoid testifying next week.
 On Friday, attorneys for Glenn Simpson, a former WSJ reporter who now runs the infamous Washington political intelligence firm Fusion GPS - best known for compiling the salacious "dossier" of unverified research about President Trump - told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter that their client was on vacation through July 31 and traveling abroad through August 3, and would be unavailable for next week’s hearing.

CUTE SOCKS WON'T WIN THE DEAL?

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons trade committee has quashed a move to invite the prime minister and other high-ranking cabinet members to answer questions about Canada’s NAFTA renegotiation priorities, as calls continue for more transparency about how the government plans to handle upcoming talks on the deal
Andrew Leslie, an Ottawa-area Liberal MP who is parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, said  that the government has already announced its broad goals with NAFTA, which include modernizing the agreement and creating “win-win-win conditions” for the member countries.
“It is illogical to unmask and to lay down detailed objectives when we don’t have to,” Leslie said. “That’s giving up a negotiating advantage.”
 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Alberta Conservatives unite: The battle for the soul of the new United Conservative Party starts now

Saturday, July 22, 2017

WYNNE BILLING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TAXPAYERS

For several months the Wynne government has concentrated on retail politics, including a dramatic increase in the minimum wage and kicking $45 billion in hydro costs down the road to pay for a rate decrease now
Just wait for the avalanche of debt-financed goodies Wynne will shower on every competitive riding over the next six months.