Wednesday, October 18, 2017

INCONSISTENT WITH THE TRUTH

In the exquisitely even-handed manner that is his trademark and in his usual careful language, Ontario’s former top public servant Tuesday called former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty a big fat liar.
Peter Wallace was being cross-examined by Brian Gover, lawyer for former McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston.
Livingston and his former deputy, Laura Miller, are pleading not guilty to charges relating to their alleged destruction of documents about the McGuinty government’s billion-dollar decision to cancel two gas-fired electricity plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

INVESTIGATIONG THE CLINTONS

As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation. 

POT-IMPAIRED DRIVING

“THC is a more complex molecule than alcohol and the science is unable to provide general guidance to drivers about how much cannabis can be consumed before it is unsafe to drive or before the proposed levels would be exceeded.”
How much marijuana can you consume and still be safe to drive? The government doesn’t know.
How much marijuana can you consume before you’re over the legal limit? The government doesn’t know.

LIBERALS COSTING ONTARIANS AN EXTRA $4BILLION

The Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government is flouting accounting rules and taking on an unnecessary $4 billion in extra borrowing costs — to be applied to future electricity bills — to keep the true cost of its Fair Hydro Plan buried, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says.
A battle between accountants is not usually the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters, but Queen’s Park was enthralled Tuesday as Lysyk and her experts faced off against the government and its counter experts.

MORNEAU'S LACK OF JUDGEMENT

That’s why Morneau’s continuing troubles are so disheartening. Canada needs someone like him up there steering the ship, above reproach. But this past week has seriously called Morneau’s judgment into question.
But he’s yet to be completely forthcoming with the public and opposition. On Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau ran interference for his key minister at a Stouffville, Ontario, press conference, insisting on answering questions put directly to Morneau, who stood beside the PM, about his undisclosed villa in France.
“You have to ask a question of me first – because you get a chance to talk to the Prime Minister,” Trudeau bizarrely said.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG

re Boyle & Coleman: 
As for their rescue by Pakistan’s army, Amrullah Saleh, a former national security advisor of Afghanistan, wrote in the Indian Express, in a story headlined, “Donald Trump is taken in by Pakistan’s deceitful acts”:
“It is an open secret in Kabul that the US-Canadian couple and their family that was recently rescued had been kept in Waziristan for some time, in the exact same part of Pakistan where the Pakistan army only recently declared Mission Accomplished in its Zarb-e-Azb operation and sent all the bad and unwanted terrorists to Afghanistan ... So when they were released as a result of a well-planned, well-executed surgical operation in which only four tyres of a vehicle were punctured, we all laughed.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NENSHI RETURNED AS CALGARY'S MAYOR

High turnout in the campaign resulted in long line-ups at the polls and some voting stations running out of ballots on Monday. 
Polls officially closed at 8 p.m., though those who were already in line at the time were still able to cast their ballots.
But with some frustrated voters choosing to leave rather than wait, the chaos at the polling stations had caused some consternation among the campaigns.

DIY NUCLEAR BUNKER

The elderly couple has survived all manner of calamity in recent weeks, except for the one disaster they have actually been preparing for over the past 50 years — a nuclear war. Beach is the founder of Ark Two, a privately owned, 10,000-square-foot nuclear fallout shelter, sunk beneath several metres of concrete and soil on a 12.5 acre parcel of land near his home. And, yes, the 83-year-old is accustomed to being dismissed as a “kook.”

TRUDEAU'S TAX REFORM SURRENDER

NP, Ivison:   Justin Trudeau attempted to convince the nation that it was always the government’s intention to menace small businesses with the prospect of hefty tax increases, then turn around and offer an across-the-board tax-cut sweetener.
Does he think our heads zip up at the back?

ARE CANADIAN TAXPAYERS OFF THE HOOK NOW?

Bombardier Inc. has struck an agreement to sell control of its marquee C Series airliner program to Europe's Airbus Group SE, a bet that handing the keys to a better-financed global giant will ensure the Canadian plane maker's future in the face of relentless competition and punishingly high tariffs imposed by the United States.

REVENUE MINISTER DENIES LAYING BLAME

     Canada's revenue minister denied throwing public servants under the bus Monday, a few days after her staff blamed her department's civil servants for a public outcry over taxing employee benefits.
"I was not made aware," Diane Lebouthillier repeated, fingering the bureaucrats she said she wasn't blaming. "Dommage, I was never made aware. It's administrative work. It did not make its way up to my office, but as soon as we were made aware, we took measures."
    Last week, Lebouthillier asked her department to delete a folio — a document explaining the upcoming tax changes for the 2017 financial year — from the government's website. The folio, which was published in 2016, had caught the eye of the Retail Council of Canada, which sounded the alarm last month.

Monday, October 16, 2017

DOESN'T PASS THE SNIFF TEST

 “Hey, let’s make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family.”

ISLAMIC STATE CALIPHATE COLLAPSES

The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses.
Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS fighters killed in 2015.

TOO MANY PEOPLE DO NOT WORK

“The basic problem I think in the United States is that too many people don’t work,” said Ron Haskins, a former senior adviser for welfare policy under President George W. Bush and current Brookings Institution fellow. “There’s no question that it’s getting worse. It’s been getting worse for 40 years. So we should not rescue people who don’t work without getting something in return.”
Horn noted that more than 50 percent of work-eligible participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program did not log a single work-related hour in the month prior to enrolling. That includes preparing to go to work, looking for work, training or education.
 

KURZ WIN IN AUSTRIA

While the center-left SPÖ campaigned on a track record of lowering unemployment and of economic growth, Kurz's ÖVP promised to prevent a repeat of 2015's wave of migration and cut access to social welfare benefits for newcomers for at least five years.
In a poll by state broadcaster ORF, 55 percent of respondents that voted for the ÖVP said they did so because of their stance on asylum and integration.

TRUDEAU'S BROKEN PROMISES

Halfway through his electoral mandate, won on the night of Oct. 19, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a sudden and unexpected drop in the polls, along with a growing list of broken promises from that election.

LIBERAL WEASEL WORDS

The Liberal government has yet to explain how it intends to fulfil Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge not to go after anyone’s employee discounts -- despite that promise contradicting how the Canada Revenue Agency enforces the law.

ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTIES ON STRIKE

Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges went on strike late Sunday, affecting more than 500,000 students.
The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says the two sides couldn’t resolve their differences by a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

EPA'S KANGAROO COURT PROCESS

EPA then used its carbon dioxide “Endangerment Finding” to justify anti-fossil fuel regulations, close down coal-fired power plants, block pipeline construction, and exempt wind and solar installations from endangered species rules. It put the agency in control of America’s energy, economy, job creation and living standards. It drove up energy prices, killed numerous jobs, and sent families into energy poverty.
EPA’s egregious misconduct inflicted significant harm on our nation. Having acted to repeal the Obama Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt must reverse carbon dioxide’s conviction and scuttle the Endangerment Finding that serves as the foundation and justification for the agency’s war on coal, oil and natural gas. Any harm from fossil fuels or carbon dioxide is minuscule, compared to the extensive damages inflicted by the decision and subsequent regulations.

VENEZUELA'S $3.5BILLION DEBT PAYMENT IS DUE

With its coffers empty and its financial moves restricted by U.S. sanctions, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government is facing a nightmarish scenario with the approach of Halloween, when a series of debt payments totaling more than $3.5 billion are due.
Analysts said the government will do everything possible to make the payments, even if it means further cuts in already reduced food imports, which would deepen shortages in a country where a majority of people cannot get three meals a day. 

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article178518756.html#storylink=cpy

AUSTRIA VOTES

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to see 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz become chancellor on a pledge to take a hard line on refugees and prevent a repeat of Europe’s migration crisis.

IS RELIGIOUS SELF-DEFENSE "HATE"?

The conflict between the Buddhist majority in Myanmar (Burma) and the Muslim ethnic minority known as the Rohingya is intensifying, and the Buddhists are winning, forcing the Muslims across the border into Bangladesh or into boats bound for Malaysia, both Islamic lands. Naturally, the western media takes a very dim view of this.

WHEN POLICY WRITERS INHALE

The federal government has released a draft of its planned drug concentration levels but admits the new rules provide no guidance on how much marijuana it would take to push a driver over the legal limit.
The lack of clarity worries Kyla Lee, a Vancouver-based criminal defence lawyer who specializes in impaired driving cases.  Lee calls the proposal "absurd."
"That's incredibly concerning. Because you have the government saying we don't think this is criminal but we're going to create a criminal offence for it in order to prevent it from getting to the level where it might be criminal. That's unheard of in our legal history," Lee said.
Got that?

INNOCENTS ABROAD. OR NOT

What were Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle really doing in Afghanistan?
Boyle's version of events.

ALIENATING CANADA'S WEST

It was not at all helpful that the less-than-affable Montreal mayor, Denis Coderre, declared it a “victory for Canada” when TransCanada withdrew its licence application for Energy East, a pipeline project that actually would have provided market-diversification benefits to the national economy. It would be no different than if the mayor of, say, Winnipeg — home to a Boeing plant — declared it a Canadian victory after the U.S. Commerce Department slapped on two import duties on Quebec’s heavily subsidized Bombardier planes.
Coderre’s insensitive comment reminds many Western Canadians of their own past grievances. It was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father who, with the 1980 National Energy Program, imposed a breathtakingly unfair wealth transfer from Western provinces to Central Canada.

THE TAXMAN COMETH

The Justin Trudeau government has announced that it is giving the CRA $444 million more over several years “to detect, audit and combat tax evasion and avoidance...These measures will enable the CRA to recover $2.6 billion in additional federal revenues.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

TESLA: THE STINKING MESS

Workers estimated between 400 and 700 employees have been fired, although Tesla refused to say how many employees were let go, and added that it expects employee turnover to be similar to last year’s attrition. Tesla employs about 10,000 workers at its Fremont factory; it lost $336 million in the second quarter, and burned through a record $1.16 billion in cash in Q2, or $13 million per day.

HUG A TURKEY OR HUG A TREE?

Eastern North America’s wild turkey population is growing so fast that two Pennsylvania scientists say they are damaging parts of forests in their state, and Ontario could suffer as well.
The Ministry of Natural Resources brought American turkeys into southwestern Ontario in the 1980s, and in 1997 released the first couple of dozen in Eastern Ontario, in Renfrew County.
The ministry described them at the time as “like a grouse on steroids.”
But these are different birds than the native Ontario ones — a bird that is hardier in cold, happy to browse in farm fields, not afraid to live near people, and able to multiply fast. Today, there are many thousands here and in West Quebec, and more than 70,000 across Ontario.

COUILLARD SHUFFLES AND MISDEALS

So, it was mainly Kathleen Weil’s fault that the Liberals lost the Louis-Hébert byelection. At least that’s the impression you might get from Premier Philippe Couillard’s emergency cabinet shuffle this week.
The shuffle was hastily improvised in response to the rout of the governing Liberals at the hands of the Coalition Avenir Québec party in Louis-Hébert nine days earlier; it was immediately after the byelection that rumours of an early shuffle began to circulate.

WHAT HAPPENED TO COMPETENCE & MERIT?

Many universities across Canada are introducing term limits for their Canada Research Chairs to get new academics into the jobs as the prestigious program struggles to meet diversity targets set by a court settlement.

CALLING BULLSH!T ON LIBERAL SURPRISE

My friend reminded me that the first Finance Minister to propose taxing employee discounts was Allan MacEachen – in 1983! When Justin’s father, Pierre, was prime minister!
Discount sweaters for mall clothing store clerks have, apparently, been a bee in the bonnet of some Liberals for a third of a century.
There is no way the current Liberal government was caught unawares. Nor was CRA going rogue.
On Tuesday, Liberal MPs were saying this was nothing more than the clarification of an existing rule – nothing to get excited about.
By Wednesday, after the manure hit the public fan, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier was claiming to be “deeply disappointed” by the bureaucrats in her department who had released this change without her say-so.

QUELLE SURPRISE!

"Cage-free" eggs were supposed to be the next big thing in America.  Over the past several years everyone from McDonalds to Wal-Mart has promised to convert to cage-free eggs on the premise that millennial consumers would demand at least 144 square inches of space for the layers of their morning omelettes to frolic in freedom. As it turns out, Americans couldn't seem to care less whether chickens have 144 square inches of freedom or the hisotrical 67 square inches...they just want cheap eggs, hold the bullshit. 

A FOOL'S HOMECOMING

If we are expected to express joy at the release of Canadian Joshua Boyle who was held hostage five years by Taliban-linked extremists, excuse us if we take a pass.
He’s both an idiot and a fool.
He’s such an idiot that the much-married backpacker was once married to Omar Khadr’s al-Qaeda-loving sister, and we are firm believers in being judged by the company one keeps.

THE PANAMA PAPERS

Some familiar Canadian names.

CONTRADICTIONS & CONDESCENSION

Steyn:  When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is.
By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and forces her to watch as he unzips his pants, masturbates, and finally concludes the performance by ejaculating into a pot plant, all you hear, from a couple of larger leaves round the back of the plant, are drenched crickets chirping. Three decades of crickets chirping.

ONTARIO'S NEW SMART METERS

Pre-pay. Or we will SHUT YOU OFF.

AL GORE UNHINGED

Al Gore recently had a telling altercation with a journalist. The Spectator’s Ross Clark wanted to ask him about Miami sea-level rises suggested in the new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” The reporter started to explain that he had consulted Florida International University sea-level-rise expert Shimon Wdowinski. Gore’s response: “Never heard of him — is he a denier?” Then he asked the journalist, “Are you a denier?”
When Clark responded that he was sure climate change is a problem but didn’t know how big, Gore declared, “You are a denier.”

IRAN OPENLY CHEATING ON DEAL

WASHINGTON – The Islamic Republic of Iran is “practically” cheating on its nuclear deal in plain sight, a defense advisor told Congress on Thursday, citing evidence from satellite imagery.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE. MOVE ALONG

The FBI has been forced to admit that it has 30 documents pertaining to that June 2016 meeting between Bill Clinton and former attorney general Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Phoenix, after originally claiming to have no such documents.

Friday, October 13, 2017

OOPSIE! MORNEAU HAS A BRAIN FART

Finance Minister Bill Morneau waited two years to disclose a private corporation that owns a villa in southern France that he shares with his wife to Canada's ethics watchdog

FREED AFTER 5 YEARS OF TALIBAN CAPTIVITY

An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, US and Pakistani officials said Thursday. US officials said Pakistan secured the release of Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, and their 3 children.
Boyle was once married to Zaynab Khadr, the older sister of the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr and the daughter of a late senior Al Qaida financier.

INVESTIGATING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF $MILLIONS

The federal government is suing an Ontario company over allegations it diverted and misappropriated millions in health-care funding intended for one of Canada’s most impoverished First Nations.
The lawsuit also reveals that Health Canada repeatedly renewed its contract with the company even while it was the subject of an investigation by both the government and RCMP over concerns it was fraudulently managing funds intended for the Kashechewan First Nation.

MEXICAN SECURITY CRISIS

Since the marine-lead capture of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Sinaloa back in 2016 and his subsequent extradition to the US in 2017, drug-related violence has skyrocketed in his native land.   Multiple cartels have risen up to take El Chapo’s place, and the casualties have been out of control. In the first two quarters of 2017 alone, more than 12,500 people have met their demise, either at the hands of the cartels or while caught in their cross-fire. That’s at least 2,000 dead on a monthly basis.

BIG PHARMA FUELING OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The U.S. prescription drug industry has opened a new frontier in public havoc, manipulating markets and deceptively marketing opioid drugs that are known to addict and even kill. It’s a national emergency that claims 90 lives per day. Berger lays much of the blame at the feet of companies that have played every dirty trick imaginable to convince doctors to overprescribe medication that can transform fresh-faced teens and mild-mannered adults into zombified junkies.

USA LEAVING UNESCO

WASHINGTON -- Citing bias against Israel, the Trump administration today withdrew the United States from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization but has asked the body's director if the U.S. can stick around as an observer.

BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN CANADA FALLING BEHIND

There is a tendency to assume that the weakness in business investment in Canada is simply part of slow growth throughout the OECD following the financial crisis that began in 2008. However, despite strength in the energy sector before 2015, business investment in Canada has lagged behind that in almost all other advanced market economies for which there is comparable data.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MILLENNIALS' DEBT

There is a seemingly unlimited number of disconnects in financial markets these days, not the least of which is the shocking divergence in recent years between the ever plunging unemployment rate in the United States and stubbornly rising delinquencies on consumer debt.
As it turns out, the answer to the enigma above may just have something to do with the fact that, despite declining unemployment levels, wage growth remains completely non-existent at a time when consumer leverage, particularly in the form of student loans and auto debt extended to the most financially vulnerable cross sections of the American public, is soaring.

GOVERNMENT BACK-PEDDLING & BLAME LAYING

The federal government appears to be doing away with a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get at work.
Amid a growing controversy, a spokesman for the National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier says the government will pull the new wording at the heart of the debate from the Canada Revenue Agency website.

ELITES WEEPING FOR TERRORISTS

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old man who lived in Mississauga, Ontario, pleaded guilty to several terrorism charges over his ISIS plot to attack New York City landmarks in the spring of 2016.
U.S. federal agencies revealed Friday that three men were arrested and charged in the plot to carry out bombings and shootings in crowded spots in midtown Manhattan and on the New York City subway.
It was only thanks to incredible police work that his attack was foiled.
And yet, the typical crowd of Canadian elites are falling over themselves to defend this terrorist and justify his evil deeds.

TRUDEAU LIBERALS ARE SHAKEDOWN ARTISTS

Going after the richest 1% is one thing, but making the middle class less middle class through more onerous small-business taxation, and chasing down retail staff for chump-change discounts is about as petty as a government can get.
But this is where the cash-poor Liberals find themselves.

OBAMACARE DEATH SPIRAL

Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It's our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years.

DOING BUSINESS IN ONTARIO

“Through extensive research, we have identified several factors that limit business growth in the province, from lacklustre exports to an elevated cost of living to decreased labour force participation,” the Vote Prosperity report says. “These factors, coupled with high input costs such as rising electricity prices, a cap-and-trade regime, onerous labour law reforms and a burdensome regulatory environment, mean the cost of doing business in Ontario is high relative to our competitor jurisdictions.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WINE COUNTRY FIRES

A swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties Monday, killing at least 11 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and turning prominent wineries to ash.

MORE WORK FOR TRADES PEOPLE

As wall street analysts celebrate the coming of age of the millennial generation, a group of young people who were supposed to lead another revolutionary wave of consumerism if only they could work long enough to escape their parents' basement, retailers like Home Depot are panicked about selling into what will soon be America's largest demographic...but not for the reasons you might think. 
While avocado resellers like Whole Foods only have to worry about creating a catchy advertising campaign to attract millennials, Home Depot is in full-on panic mode after realizing that an entire generation of Americans have absolutely no clue how to use their products.  

PUTIN & THE SAUDIS DO BUSINESS

The statement recalled that Saudi Arabia had requested to purchase from America 44 THAAD launchers, 360 missiles, 16 fire control stations and seven radars.
The US officials confirmed that the sale was part of the $110-billion package of defense equipment and services initially announced during US President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia in May. The Pentagon statement said, “This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia’s capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region.”
The timing of the US announcement is highly significant. It comes in the wake of claims by Russian officials that Saudi Arabia had shown interest in buying the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. The Saudis have successfully pressured the Trump administration to approve the sale of the THAAD system. And Washington has signaled that the US will not let Russia make an entry into the Saudi arms bazaar.

BREXIT BETRAYAL UNDERWAY

Farage:  So there we have it. Theresa May does not believe in Brexit. In an interview with Iain Dale on LBC, she completely collapsed, proving incapable of answering the question of how would she vote if there was a referendum now. She simply would not answer if she would support Leave.
Everyone listening to that interview knows that the reality is that May is still a Remainer. I don’t believe it’s possible to carry out this great, historic change against a huge amount of international criticism unless you truly believe in it.

NYT HAS ETHICAL STANDARDS

The New York Times has just responded to the latest Project Veritas bombshell by dismissing the target of the undercover video, Nick Dudich, as a "recent hire" in a "junior position" who "misrepresented his role."  The NYT confirmed that it looked as though he had "violated our ethical standards" and said they're "reviewing the situation."

CHARGING FENTANYL DEALERS WITH MANSLAUGHTER

Several forces and prosecutors across the country are now laying manslaughter charges against those who allegedly supplied fentanyl to people who overdosed and died.

GOING, GOING......GONE

Sears Canada Inc. has decided to shut its doors and is seeking approval to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees across the country without a job.
The embattled retailer, which sought protection from its creditors in June, said Tuesday it had failed to find a buyer that would allow it to continue as a going concern.

SUDBURY BYELECTION TRIAL

Lawyers for two Liberals accused of bribery in a 2015 Sudbury byelection — including Premier Kathleen Wynne’s former deputy chief of staff — will be back in the northern Ontario city Tuesday to argue the case should be dropped.
The unusual push for a directed verdict of not guilty by Judge Howard Borenstein comes two weeks after Crown attorneys finished laying out the prosecution and before any defence witnesses have been called.

LIBERALS P!SSING OFF MORE TAXPAYERS

The Liberals have invested $1 billion in the last two budgets to crack down on tax cheats.
But it’s probably fair to say that no one in government expected the tax-avoidance measures to target minimum wage store employees who get a 20 per cent discount on a pair of jeans, or restaurant workers coming off shift who get a meal at the end of the night.
Yet that appears to be the consequence of a new interpretation of the Income Tax Act by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

R.I.P.

Hector MacMillan

OTTAWA'S DRUG SUPPLY

There is a change in the drug supply in Ottawa and it is beginning to scare those working to prevent overdoses, says an organizer with the pop-up supervised injection site set up in a Lowertown park.
Last week, Gagnon said, volunteers at the site began seeing “atypical” drug reactions among some visitors; during which people’s bodies became rigid and unmovable, something often associated with the deadly drug carfentanil. During more typical overdoses, victims become limp and often fall over. In addition, she said, it was taking more than an hour to revive some clients after injecting.

NYC FORECLOSURES SURGE 79%

Still, it does seem odd that the commercial real estate market in NYC is collapsing at the same time that residential foreclosures are surging to levels not seen since the 2009 crisis.  As Property Shark points out today, foreclosures across NYC surged 79% YoY in Q3 2017, to 859, and remain at the highest levels since the 'great recession.'

SOUTH KOREA'S GRAPHITE BOMB

The Telegraph reports that South Korea has developed a new weapon to hobble the North’s infrastructure should an armed conflict erupt on the peninsula.
The weapon is a graphite bomb – otherwise known as a “blackout bomb” - which South Korean officials say will be capable of shutting down North Korea’s entire power grid. Blackout bombs were first used by the US in Iraq in the 1990 Gulf War and work by releasing a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon filaments over electrical components. The filaments are so fine that they act like a cloud, but cause short circuits in electrical equipment.

CRASH REPORTS ON SELF DRIVING CARS

In California, where companies like Cruise Automation Inc. and Waymo LLC are ramping up testing of self-driving cars, human drivers keep running into them in low-speed fender benders. The run-ins highlight an emerging culture clash between humans who often treat traffic laws as guidelines and autonomous cars that refuse to roll through a stop sign or exceed the speed limit.

MOVING THE GOALPOSTS & CHANGING THE RULES

Depending on who you listen to, the demise of Energy East – the pipeline that would have shipped western crude oil to eastern Canada – is either a triumph or a disaster.
We got here because the Trudeau government's energy policy is fundamentally incoherent. They want to be all things to all people, and that – despite their assurances to the contrary – is just not possible. The environmental lobby is absolutely opposed to any incremental hydrocarbon production. But incremental hydrocarbon production is absolutely essential to capital generation, wealth production and our standard of living.

Monday, October 9, 2017

THE INCESTUOUS NATURE OF IPCC REPORTS

  Recommendation 1. Especially when massive amounts of public monies and human lives are at stake, academic work should have a more intense level of scrutiny and review. It is especially the case that authors of policy-related documents like the IPCC report, Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis, should not be the same people as those that constructed the academic papers.

USA WINTER FORECAST

Some chilly winter weather is in store for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, with January threatening to bring the coldest air of the season. Although however cold, low temperatures will pale in comparison to those in the northern Plains where the mercury is set to dip to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit at times.
Meanwhile, the southern Plains, Southwest and California can expect a milder and drier winter than last season.

COMBATING CAR THEFT IN CALGARY

Auto Theft Resources Team is part of the larger district support unit, which along with the break & enter unit and POET, the Prolific Offender Engagement Team, represent an ongoing strategy of  focusing on prolific criminals.
“With the alignment of the resources, what we’ve done is compiled a list of offenders who we believe are most the prolific — those most dangerous to the public and flee from police,” said Staff. Sgt. Jodi Gach, who oversees the team.

TORONTO DSB STILL DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT

The Toronto District School Board will be making no more revisions to its controversial Islamic Heritage Month guidebook, the Sun has learned.
On Wednesday, the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) sent the TDSB a letter complaining about the guide’s inclusion of the Nation of Islam and leader Malcolm X.

ICE HITS BACK AT CALIFORNIA

On Friday, a day after Governor Jerry Brown signed California's so-called  "sanctuary state" bill into law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director issued a response decrying the bill's passage and threatening negative ramifications for California's immigrant communities.
In the sharply worded statement from acting ICE director Tom Homan, the agency threatened "additional collateral arrests" in response to the new law, and said that it would "undermine public safety."

GRATEFUL FOR THE HEROES

Moments after Military Honor at Vegas Concert, Heroes Sprang into Action Saving Lives
“On that day, we saw the people banding together and taking control. People were helping each other so much. We have such a strong spirit in our country. There is so much good. Everybody is so focused on the bad, but I saw so much good happening.”

CODERRE DRILLS ALBERTANS A NEW ONE

ADLER:  Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is elated at the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline, taking partial credit.
Denis Coderre’s economy in Montreal, and the Quebec economy in general, gains nothing from the demise of Energy East. No food is going into the bellies of children raised by parents who might otherwise have good-paying energy jobs in Quebec.
The only beneficiary in Quebec of this decision is Denis Coderre’s high-carb ego. He took on a big, bad energy company based in Alberta. He drilled Albertans a new one.
And when the company announced that it was the end of the trail, Denis Coderre celebrated the demise of Alberta jobs.
 

PM SUNNY WAYS'S TAX GRAB FROM MIDDLE CLASS

During the 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberals pledged to cut income taxes on Canada’s middle class. Since coming into office, the government has repeatedly claimed that it has delivered on this commitment. While the federal government did reduce the second lowest federal personal income tax rate, it also simultaneously introduced several other broader changes to the federal personal income tax system.
From the Fraser Institute.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

PORN VIEWING AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES

An Ottawa mother of two young girls — ages 11 and 13 — recently sparked the debate over whether patrons over 18 should be allowed to watch legal porn in public libraries after her daughters saw a man sitting on the main floor of the book depository viewing an adult sex site.
But then, the mom was disturbed to learn the Ottawa Public Library’s official position was that the man was within his rights to access legal pornography (i.e. not child porn), even in a high-traffic area and using one of the library’s computers.
The library said it’s “not in the business of censorship.”

TRY STANDING UP FOR ALBERTA, PREMIER

Ms. Notley has expressed disappointment with the Energy East decision, and the NEB's greenhouse gas test. But her government still insists that Alberta's climate leadership plan – which includes a carbon tax set to grow to $30 per tonne on Jan. 1, and a hard cap on oil sands emissions – is what gives Ottawa political cover in approving controversial projects such as the Kinder Morgan Inc. pipeline expansion from Alberta to the West Coast.
United Conservative Party leadership candidate Jason Kenney argues if Western Canada continues to be met with carbon taxes and tough climate regulations when trying to ship more oil domestically and abroad, Ms. Notley should take a more combative stance with Ottawa. This week he said her government should cancel a planned increased to her province's carbon tax next year.

TRUDEAU ACCUSES OPPONENTS

The prime minister accused opponents on Saturday of "stoking national divisions" through their reactions to TransCanada's decision to cancel its Energy East Pipeline plans.
Conservative M-P Michelle Rempel, who represents a Calgary riding, responded that if there are regional divisions that arise from government policy, Trudeau must take the blame.
"I've watched them go the wall for Bombardier, yet my province has been suffering for two years now and there's been very little focus in doing anything for it," Rempel said in an interview Saturday.
The pipeline would have carried western crude from the Alberta oilsands to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, NB, as well as an export terminal, but TransCanada cancelled it Thursday, citing changed circumstances.
TransCanada said in a letter to the National Energy Board that it was abandoning the project because of the board's decision to allow hearings to consider greenhouse gas emissions from producing and processing the oil it transports in the pipeline.

EUROPEAN PENSION STORM IS IMMINENT

Voters around the globe generally want to have their cake and eat it, too. We demand generous benefits but don’t like the price tags that come with them.
This outcome in Switzerland captures the attitude of the entire developed world. Compromise is always difficult. Both politicians and voters ignore the long-term problems they know are coming and think no further ahead than the next election

PUNISHING CAMPUS THUGS

After standing idly by as radical cultural Marxists forced biology professor Bret Weinstein into hiding, the Evergreen State College administration has decided to penalize 80 students for their involvement with disruptive protests earlier this year that transformed the sleepy state school into a symbol of leftist repression.
Initially, College President George Bridges promised that no students would be held accountable for effectively seizing control of the campus library after a confrontation with Weinstein erupted into a full-scale riot last semester. That incident marked the beginning of months of demonstrations and protests aimed at punishing “racist” administrators, teachers, students and virtually anybody who disagreed with the students’ demands or their characterization of authority figures as racist, malevolent villains.

DESTRUCTIVE ACTS OF USELESS THUGS

Violent left-wing anarchists have announced a nationwide campaign to deface Christopher Columbus statues this coming Monday.
Five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, according to Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a "larger-than-life" statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, "Hate will not be tolerated" and “#SomethingsComing” on its pedestal.
What is coming appears to be a coordinated campaign to destroy monuments all across the country on Columbus Day.
 

OVERDOSE DEATHS OVERWHELM MORGUES

With 64,000 overdose deaths last year nationwide — a staggering 22 percent jump over the previous year — it is little wonder that overdoses, the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, are reducing life expectancy. They are also straining the staffs and resources of morgues, and causing major backlogs.
This is especially true in New Hampshire, which has more deaths per capita from synthetic opioids like fentanyl than any other state. Last year the overdose death toll here reached nearly 500, almost 10 times the number in 2000.
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

AMERICA'S CORRUPT TWO-TIER JUSTICE SYSTEM

Elite criminals are the most dangerous criminals on earth, but our justice system treats them like well-meaning philosopher kings who deserve endless breaks in the face of rampant unethical and often evil behavior. It should be completely obvious to everyone that the only reason elite crooks get treated with kid gloves is because they’re rich and powerful. The end result of this dereliction of justice is those entrusted with protecting the public have willingly created an entrenched, untouchable, distributed, criminal class which spans across and leads all major industries in America.
The two articles in question focus on different aspects of untouchable elite culture in America.
The first relates to the continued fraud pervasive in America’s largest financial institution, while the second covers a thirty year history of predatory sexual behavior by one of Hollywood’s biggest moguls, Harvey Weinstein.

GOVERNMENTS CROWING ABOUT EMPLOYMENT STATS

Governments are crowing about how many jobs Ontario created last month.
And so they should, since they hired almost half of them.  When probing deeper into the Stats Canada numbers, it turns out that almost half the jobs created in Ontario in September were in the category of public sector employee, 16,300 positions or a 1.2% increase in one month.

GENEROUS ONTARIO TAXPAYERS

Ontario taxpayers will spend just over $18 million a year to subsidize GTA transit users
.Premier Kathleen Wynne, with Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Mayor John Tory, officially announced the policy in downtown Toronto on Friday. 
The new fare rates start in January — the beginning of an election year for both provincial and municipal politicians.

TORONTO'S TWO-FACED SELF-SERVING HYPOCRITE

On Wednesday night — before the vote on whether to rename Centennial Park after the late Rob Ford — Mayor John Tory got up and reminded council of the controversial mayor’s past.
“We cannot erase history and gloss over very difficult parts of our city’s past (with Ford as mayor),” Tory said that night, reminding us that the “divisive era” (created by Rob Ford) is over.
But on Friday morning when he gleefully announced that downtown NDP councillor Ana Bailao would become the new deputy mayor of Toronto and East York — replacing the late Pam McConnell — any mention of her drunk-driving history was conspicuously absent.

HORSE SH!T PROTEST OVER CITY'S LACK OF LEADERSHIP

Ottawa:  A smelly act of civil disobedience will cost a frustrated opponent of the pop-up supervised injection site in Raphael Brunet Park $260.  He was protesting against the unsanctioned illegal tent operated by Overdose Prevention Ottawa.
Guy Annable was ticketed after he dumped 400 pounds of horse manure in the park Thursday afternoon in what he said was an act of civil disobedience against the “hypocrisy” and “lack of leadership in this city.”
“We’ve been actively pursuing our elected officials for the past 42 days … to no avail,” Annabele said.   “They’ve been there for 42 days with no ticket, I got mine within four hours.”
Ottawa’s mayor and police chief both agree the site should move, but city officials say they can’t direct police to take action, and they’ve left it in the hands of by-law officers.

TRUDEAU'S SHORT SELFIE STICK

Really, though, what the left is tickled pink about is its own delusion that the 1.1 million barrels of oil a day that would have flowed through Energy East will now magically stay in the ground. No more oilsands. No more oil industry, whose royalties happened to help pay for schools, hospitals and social programs here.
Energy East won’t stop the flow of oil. It will just mean more oil going to Louisiana and Texas refineries, leaving us at the mercy of the next hurricane.
Meanwhile, the environmental forward-thinkers will just have to sit and watch more oil move by rail, hoping it doesn’t result in another Lac Megantic. And they will dutifully try to ignore that we live in a freeze-your-arse-in-the-winter country where our livelihoods — our very survival, for that matter — depend on leaving somewhat of a carbon footprint. After all, even your organic (or non-organic) produce gets here courtesy of oil.

PUCKERED TAILPIPES IN CANADA'S AUTO INDUSTRY

Pessimism about the fate of NAFTA is mounting amid dismay that the U.S. wants to impose stringent new American content requirements on vehicles that are allowed duty-free movement across North America.
The United States is set to propose that cars and trucks must have at least 85 per cent North American content and at least 50 per cent specifically American content to qualify for duty-free status, according to a report by Inside U.S. Trade.

TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT'S MEANINGLESS WORDS

I don't know who decided what to inscribe on the plaque that has just been removed from the new Holocaust memorial in Ottawa. But I can make a reasonable guess at the logic.
The wording was almost certainly decided by a senior bureaucrat or even a minister who has absorbed the central ethos of the Trudeau government: make all public statements as anodyne, inoffensive and mushy — not to mention as uninformative — as possible.

GOVERNMENTS' GUINEA PIGS

The U.S. Army secretly dumped a carcinogen on unknowing Canadians in Winnipeg and Alberta during the Cold War in testing linked to weaponry involving radioactive components meant to attack the Soviet Union, according to classified documents revealed in a new book.
Between July 9, 1953 and Aug 1, 1953, six kilograms of zinc cadmium sulfide was sprayed onto unsuspecting citizens of Winnipeg from U.S. Army planes. The Army returned 11 years later and repeated the experiments in Suffield, Alta. and Medicine Hat, Alta., according to Lisa Martino-Taylor.

MIXING OIL & POLITICS

For Justin Trudeau’s government, the need to see Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plan succeed is greater today than prior to TransCanada’s decision to close the books on Energy East.
The British Columbia project is the only major plan left on the drawing board. If the Liberals are serious about wanting to demonstrate that their energy-environment policy mix is a viable one for all regions, they can’t afford for Trans Mountain to suffer the same fate as Energy East.
For Alberta premier Rachel Notley, whose government is already doing poorly in the polls, the notion that the Trans Mountain project could fail to launch as the result of the efforts of another New Democrat government is a bigger nightmare than the widely expected end of the Energy East saga.

LIBERALS SCURRYING AWAY FROM THE DESTRUCTION

Two Ontario cabinet ministers announced Friday they won't seek re-election next year, adding to a growing tally of prominent Liberals bowing out at a time when the party struggles in the polls.
Both deputy premier Deb Matthews and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals, however, insisted that is not the reason for their upcoming departures.

Friday, October 6, 2017

GUTLESS TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD

Toronto District School Board chair defends controversial Islamic guidebook                             
The Jewish advocacy group in their original press release saw big problems with this: “The TDSB definition, if enforced, could lead to punishment for students or teachers who display ‘dislike’ towards the persecution of LGBTQ people in the Islamic Republic of Iran, harsh restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia, and Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, all of which are examples of ‘Islamic politics’.”

ECONOMIC FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD

The index published in Economic Freedom of the World measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom. The cornerstones of economic freedom are personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to enter markets and compete, and security of the person and privately owned property.

NEB MOVED THE GOAL POSTS

Almost the moment TransCanada announced Thursday it was ending its attempt to build the $15-billion Energy East Pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick, the federal Liberal government began insisting this was purely a “business decision.”
Don’t look at us, Trudeau government spokespeople insisted. World oil prices and all that, don’t ya know.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr insisted “it’s not up to me to explain why TransCanada made this decision on the basis of what’s in its interest … Nothing has changed in the government’s decision-making process.”

ENERGY EAST PIPELINE CANCELLED

The premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi all expressed disappointment over the decision, while the Opposition Conservatives blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government for “disastrous” energy policies that they blame for lost jobs and investment.
Quebec politicians, along with Indigenous and environmental groups, welcomed the project’s demise, branding it as a harbinger of the inevitable death of fossil fuels and a reminder of the need for further green energy development.

AMERICAN CITIES FILING BANKRUPTCY

Luckily, for those looking to escape the trauma of being taxed into oblivion by their failing cities/counties/states, JP Morgan has provided a comprehensive guide on which municipalities haven't the slightest hope of surviving their multi-decade debt binge and lavish public pension awards. 
 JP Morgan ranked every major city in the United States based on what percentage of their annual budgets are required just to fund interest payments on debt, pension contributions and other post retirement benefits.
The results are staggering.  To our great 'shock', Chicago residents win the award of "most screwed" with over 60% of their tax dollars going to fund debt and pension payments.  Meanwhile, there are a dozen municipalities where over 50% of their annual budgets are used just to fund the maintenance cost of past expenditures.

HIGH SCHOOL BURLESQUE BOOTY SHOW

The Miami Northwestern High School Golden Girls are causing a stir on social media. These are not the beloved octogenarian Golden Girls with the always funny Betty White, but a group of "band dancers" who look more like employees of an all-night bordello. This is a category of dancers I've never heard of, but apparently, the band members of this high school need their own squad of writhing wrigglers to accompany them on the field.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

HURRICANE NATE

 Just like with Hurricane Harvey, energy traders will be hyper focused this weekend on how/if the massive network of Gulf drilling platforms will be impacted by yet another storm.

BLATANT LIBERAL HYPOCRACY

Nothing sums up this government’s unique fusion of cant and artifice as neatly as the ousting of Conservative MP Rachael Harder as chair of the status of women committee, voted out by the Liberals Tuesday on the grounds of her anti-abortion views.

UNDEMOCRATIC & ILLEGAL PRACTICES BY LIBERALS

A former Liberal MP is accusing his party and current government members of being involved in illegal nomination practices in the run-up to the last federal election.
In a four-page letter sent to parliamentarians Wednesday, Paul Szabo alleges the Liberal Party condoned several breaches of Canadian election law leading to Sven Spengemann’s nomination as candidate in the Toronto-area riding of Mississauga-Lakeshore, including signing people up as members of the party without their knowledge, benefitting from corporate discounts and filing a false campaign return.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

OH CANNABIS!

Alberta's pot laws.

GHOST GUN THREAT IS GROWING

The story starts with Cody Wilson, an American crypto-anarchist, free market anarchist, and gun-right activist. He is the founder of Defense Distributed, a non-profit organization that develops and publishes open source gun designs.   Back in 2013, Defense Distributed gained international attention after it published the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun called the Liberator. Almost immediately, the Statement Department under the Obama administration demanded Mr. Wilson takedown the 3D-printable gun files for possible export control violations. In the first two days, downloads for the 3D-printable gun exceeded 100,000.

UK LAWS TACKLING RADICALIZATION

Her latest plan is to threaten the British population with up to 15 years in prison for the crime of watching “terrorist material.” Yes, you read that right. 
People who repeatedly view terrorist content online could face up to 15 years behind bars in a move designed to tighten the laws tackling radicalisation the home secretary, Amber Rudd, is to announce on Tuesday.
 

TRUDEAU'S TOKER TAX

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.
Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10.
However, premiers argued that provinces will foot the lion's share of the cost of regulating and enforcing the new regime and should, therefore, get the lion's share of the revenue.

3 BILLION YAHOO ACOUNTS HACKED IN 2013

Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N).
The news expands the likely number and claims of class action lawsuits by shareholders and Yahoo account holders, they said. Yahoo, the early face of the internet for many in the world, already faced at least 41 consumer class-action lawsuits in U.S. federal and state courts, according to company securities filing in May.
 

CAR COMPANIES AT THE GREEN TROUGH

Here are two facts that defy logic: By the end of the year, electric-car maker Tesla Inc. will have burned through more than $10 billion without ever having made 10 cents. Yet companies around the world are lining up to compete with it.

MAYORAL RACE DUST-UP IN CALGARY

Calgarians have a right to be steamed.
Taxes on homeowners did increase 51% over the seven years of Nenshi, including when the city council took a $52 million tax break from the province instead of giving it back to you.
And the cash the city gets from taxes has gone up more than 64% over the seven years of Nenshi.
At one point, Nenshi sounds a little like Premier Notley.
When faced with a question about city hall not using enough of the scissors on the budget, Nenshi fires back: "Slashing for the sake of slashing is the dumbest thing you can do."

BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEMS

The man accused of perpetrating a pair of attacks in Edmonton on Saturday had originally been ordered deported back to Somalia from the United States in 2011, VICE News has learned from a U.S. government agency.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

GAZPROM DETHRONES EXXONMOBIL

Gazprom dethroned ExxonMobil as the top energy company in the world, according to the 2017 S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings. The rankings measure the financial performance of energy firms on four key metrics: asset worth, revenues, profits, and return on invested capital.

WAHHABI CLERGY AFRAID OF WOMEN

The move risks provoking the already distraught Wahhabi clergy who fear that the monarchy is breaking its old alliance with them by sidelining the Kingdom’s most conservative religious gatekeepers in its quest for socio-economic modernization.
Hardcore Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia have warned for generations that allowing women to drive would be a very dangerous development for the ultra-fundamentalist Kingdom, arguing that it would somehow degrade society by leading to an epidemic of immorality which would clash with what they believe is the purest way to practice Islam.

TURKEY ON THE OUTS WITH EU

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey no longer needs EU membership.
His son Bilal who plays an important role in Turkey’s politics went even further and described the Europeans as “gavur” (infidels).
The comments come after 12-year-long accession talks with Brussels grind to a halt.

VEGAS GUNMAN

Stephen Craig Paddock, the retired accountant who smuggled an arsenal into a swank Las Vegas hotel and mowed down concert-goers from a 32nd story window, was a high-stakes gambler whose bank-robber father was once on the FBI's most wanted list.

LAC-MEGANTIC RAIL DISASTER TRIAL

Harding and two other ex-railway employees, traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre, are all facing one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.
All three have pleaded not guilty.
Crown prosecutor Veronique Beauchamp told the 14-member jury in her opening statement that if it wasn't for the negligent actions and omission of the three accused, the deaths of 47 people in Lac-Megantic would not have happened.

CHARGES LAID IN EDMONTON ATTACK

Police have charged a Somali refugee who they say attacked an officer and ran down pedestrians with a truck — but are holding off on terrorism charges for now.
RCMP Supt. Stacey Talbot, with Alberta's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, said the investigation of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is still "in its infancy."
Sharif, 30, is to make his first appearance Tuesday in provincial court on 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder.
He has also been charged with dangerous driving, four counts of criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Monday, October 2, 2017

GOODBYE PEAKSAVER. HELLO GreenON.

A $270-million energy conservation program that allowed utilities in Ontario to remotely access home thermostats and scale back power usage during peak demand times is coming to an end Saturday, having been activated only 21 times in a decade.
And while one provincial program winds down, another is expected to replace it.
The GreenON Installations program, paid in part from proceeds of Ontario's cap-and-trade auctions, will be offering eligible households a chance to have a smart thermostat — capable of communicating through a mobile phone, unlike the Peaksaver thermostats — installed at no cost.
The province said 100,000 smart thermostats will be available for installation, beginning in the fall.

CANADIAN CASINOS LAUNDERING CHINA'S DRUG MONEY

Nearly two years after we first observed that Vancouver's soaring real estate market is nothing but a bubbling melange of criminal Chinese oligarch "hot money", desperate to get parked offshore in any piece of real estate, but mostly in British Columbia regardless of price, a new multi-year investigation has uncovered extensive links - including money laundering and underground banking - between China's criminal underworld and British Columbia drug and casino cash and VIPs, as well as their connections to China, Macau and the notorious triads.

THE MISUNDERSTOOD SOROS

The Financial Times defending Soros is proof that conspiracy theorists are crazy and preempts the conspiracy theories about The FT being part of the same group.
Of course, "this message was approved" by none other than George Soros himself...

PLAYING THE VICTIM

Seems like everyone's a victim in the USA these days, from college "snowflakes" who can't abide someone with views unlike theirs within miles of their campuses to allegedly assaulted women wearing sexually explicit hats to multi-millionaire football players who are sure there's something wrong but can't always remember what it is (other than Donald Trump).  The latest of the many entries in this "Great American Victim Derby" is Puerto Rico -- or at least a significant part of the island's leadership
  As of September 30, at least 10,000 shipping containers of food, water, medicine and other critical supplies were sitting on the docks at the port in San Juan, but were not moving because of a lack of truck drivers, some of whom appear to be on strike.

HANGING OUT WITH BILLIONAIRES

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who backtracked on electoral reform and parliamentary transparency, has finally got his back up over shutting down loopholes on small business owners.
A bit of advice to these business owners? The only ones who have the ear of the Liberal government are billionaires. Stop trying to be heard.

STILL NOT RISING FROM THE ASHES

The backlog of cases carried out through the Phoenix pay system rose 20,000 in the last month because processing pay changes from new collective agreements proved to be “more complex and time consuming than initially anticipated,” according to a Sept. 29 government update.
The number of pay changes waiting to be processed grew from 237,000 on Aug. 23 to 257,000 as of Sept. 20, according to the government’s latest monthly update on how it’s tackling the problem-plagued system that issues paycheques to federal public servants.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

FASHION CHOICES OF THE STEALTH RACIST

You might have thought after the politicization of football and children’s library books there would be nothing left to politicize but you would be wrong. Robin Givhans has managed to make the case that even clothing is political – not to mention racist.
Still, her column from last month seems to go beyond the norms of standard cultural political correctness: Neo-Nazis are using fashion in an attempt to normalize, and the fashion industry needs to speak up. It’s about the White Supremacists who marched in Charlottesville and what they wore. Her main objection is that the Neo-Nazis didn’t don the cloaks and hoods of the Klu Klux Klan and instead wore “ordinary” clothes. And she’s also upset that the fashion world has not vociferously condemned this cultural appropriation

EVERYTHING (THAT'S NOT SEXISM) IS RACISM

For some time now, Democrats have played the identity politics game, revving up grievances -- real or imagined -- of different ethnic groups with the only commonality a dismissive prejudice against middle-class white men. This divisive disunity strategy served them well for a while, but no longer. With nothing else to replace it, it’s between Scylla and Charybdis -- risk losing the base and seek broader appeal or crash into obscurity. They continue to choose poorly.

STATISTICAL REVIEW OF WORLD ENERGY

The BP Statistical Review of World Energy provides high-quality objective and globally consistent data on world energy markets. In our at-a-glance overview, growth in global primary energy consumption remained low in 2016; and the fuel mix shifted away from coal towards lower carbon fuels

PROSELYTIZING IN THE TORONTO SCHOOL BOARD

While public school students all across Canada typically learn about the world’s major religions at some point during their studies, one school board’s guidebook on Islam is edging close to religious instruction and indoctrination.
The Toronto District School Board designates a number of heritage months throughout the year and October is Islamic Heritage Month. A 170-page guidebook prepared for teachers recommends a variety of religious intrusions into the public school system.
The guide doesn’t keep its focus solely on historical and scriptural matters, either. It delves into a variety of contemporary social issues, but in a way that glosses over widely known controversies surrounding the faith.

PROTESTS AT LACOLLE & PARLIAMENT HILL

A standoff between far-right groups and anti-fascist protesters along the Canadian side of the U.S. border forced police to temporarily shut down the crossing near St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., on Saturday.
A separate anti-illegal immigrant rally on Parliament Hill, held amid heightened concerns about the arrival of asylum seekers, also provoked a handful of skirmishes, as riot police stepped in to prevent physical violence.

TERRORISM IN EDMONTON ALBERTA

The stabbing of a police officer and a subsequent high-speed chase where several pedestrians were run down is being investigated as an act of terrorism, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said at a 3 a.m. news conference.  Knecht also confirmed that an ISIS flag was discovered in the vehicle the suspect was driving when he rammed, then stabbed the police officer. And that the flag is part of the investigation.

ARMCHAIR ENVIRONMENTAL PARASITES

Dr. Tim Ball:  There are two ways to get ahead. Pull yourself up or push other people down. There are few better exponents of the pushdown option than the environmental groups and their supporters. They are, for the most part, urban guerrillas, useless people who do little or nothing except undermine the lives of others. They are the green bullies who tell others how to live, yet, hypocritically, live in similar lifestyles. Of course, in the case of Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, they live energy gobbling lifestyles beyond the imagination of those they condemn. This includes going to the point where they destroy people’s lives, economies, and communities. Trump talks about the loss of businesses across the US but needs to note that much is due to the work of environmentalists and politicians at all levels.
Where was Greenpeace during the recent hurricanes? I went to the American Greenpeace web page to find out what they were doing to assist people afflicted by the recent hurricanes. Their US web site says nothing about help. I thought a tag that read “What We’re Doing” would list places where you could donate, plans to send supplies and other rescue efforts. All it did was list six things such as “Fighting Global Warming” and “Saving the Arctic.” The only request about paying was a headline under a picture of an ExxonMobil storage tank that read, “Make fossil fuel companies pay for hurricane destruction.” This implies they believe that human CO2 mostly created by burning fossil fuels is responsible for the hurricanes. They don’t present any evidence to support this claim. Of course, they can’t present evidence because it doesn’t exist.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

DARWIN AWARD NOMINEE

Purple eyeballs go with tattoos, piercings and a forked tongue.

TESLA BRIBES

But when you read a car review to help figure out which set of wheels you're going to buy next, you would probably prefer that the writer of that review not be receiving payments, cash or otherwise, directly from the company producing the vehicle he's reviewing, right?  Unfortunately, that's not so much the case when it comes to Tesla.
While it's no surprise that the writers of Electrek are big Tesla cheerleaders, as Jack Baruth of TTAC points out today, what may be surprising is just how much those writers receive from Tesla via their very generous referral program in return for their perpetually rosy commentary.

EXPOSING THE SLIMY BUSINESS OF RUSSIA-GATE

As the U.S. government doles out tens of millions of dollars to 'combat Russian propaganda', one result is a slew of new 'studies' by 'scholars' and 'researchers' auditioning for the loot...

A SOCIETY TOO STUPID TO SURVIVE

STEYN:   So, in the space of about 20 minutes, we have gone from the Confederate flag is racist to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is racist. We’ve gone from General Lee is racist to Dr. Seuss is racist

GAS PLANTS TRIAL UPDATE

NP, BLATCHFORD: The week before David Livingston and Laura Miller allegedly hired her spouse to wipe hard drives in the office of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, Livingston was sharply warned by senior public servants to preserve documents tied to the gas plants debacle.
The Jan. 31, 2013 email from the province’s corporate chief information officer, David Nicholl, was formally made an exhibit Friday at Livingston’s and Miller’s criminal trial.

THE END OF FLORIDA ORANGE JUICE?

Unfortunately for Florida’s citrus growers, the damage caused by Irma exacerbated declining output caused by an epidemic of “citrus greening” that’s in its twelfth year. The state’s increasingly exasperated farmers are now facing an unprecedented squeeze, as damage caused by the storm disrupted research into a genetically modified, greening-resistant orange tree.

Meanwhile: Ontario has the most culturally diverse population in Canada. 

FLYING PIGS AT THE GOVERNMENT TROUGHS

Every country that has an aerospace industry, subsidizes it.
That is the first thing that must be said when looking at Boeing's allegations against Bombardier.
Both Boeing and Bombardier have enjoyed the largesse of national and sub-national levels of government, repeatedly.

MORNEAU'S RENDEZ-VOUS WITH REALITY

Canada's finance minister got a grilling Friday from taxpayers who are boiling mad about the Liberal government's proposed tax changes for small businesses.
Bill Morneau was in Oakville, Ont., for a town hall meeting where a question-and-answer session boiled over more than once into a shouting match. Some were bellowing at Morneau to answer their questions, while others tried to shout them down to let the minister talk.

REIMBURSING FARMERS FOR PREDATION LOSS

To that end, the township passed a resolution asking the province to rely on municipal investigators and accept partial carcasses as proof of loss after receiving a number of complaints about the new system, which locals say has seen Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) evaluators disallowing claims if only a partial rather than the whole carcass has been found.
McNiven said the rejections are becoming too regular an occurrence.
"It's absolute garbage. They're turning down legitimate claims and not listening to their investigators. All through 2017, it's been a real gong show getting producers compensation."