Monday, August 21, 2017

CONSTIPATED BORDER RUNNERS

According to PM Trudeau:
"Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage."

BARCELONA TERROR CELL PLANS

The terror cell that struck Barcelona on Thursday originally intended to target the city's famed Sagrada Familia cathedral with a massive truck bomb, as investigators have revealed they've discovered 120 gas canisters that are believed to have been intended for the attack

EUROPOLS CHIEF'S WARNING

Europol chief Robert Wainwright warned on Twitter yesterday that terrorism is the "highest threat in Europe for a generation."
From 2014 to 2016, jihadist terror attacks in Europe increased from 2 to 30, and the pace of attacks this year is becoming unrelenting.

HURRY UP AND WAIT

The $42-million B.C. headquarters for the Department of National Defence was officially opened by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan last September.
Yet, nearly a year after the official opening, the four-storey headquarters remains empty. Sure, there’s a nice plaque on it, but most days, the gates are locked with a weathered and curled notice advising who to call regarding security. 
One can’t help asking: If DND, Public Services Canada and Shared Services Canada can’t even manage to get phones, filing cabinets and computer networking in place on land in a purpose-built facility, how on Earth will they manage to get the more complicated stuff for the air and sea done on time and on budget?

Friday, August 18, 2017

1740 SHIPWRECK OFF BRITISH COAST

Divers are racing against time to preserve the wreck of a Dutch treasure ship which sank off the British coast.
The Dutch merchant ship De Rooswijk carrying chests of silver ingots, silver dollars and pieces of eight hit treacherous sandbanks in January 1740.
The ship, on its way to buy nutmeg and pepper in the East Indies sank, killing all on board - some 250 men, women and children.

WAIT TIMES AT OTTAWA'S HEART INSTITUTE

With eight months to go until a long-awaited expansion is complete, cardiac surgery wait times at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute are the longest in Ontario — more than triple the provincial average in the case of elective bypass surgery.
Despite its struggles with long wait times, the heart institute received the highest patient satisfaction rating in the province, according to one survey. And when offered a chance to go to another hospital rather than stay on the waiting list in Ottawa, patients generally say no.
The heart institute has seen a nearly 20-per-cent increase in cases in the past nine years, which means emergency surgeries more frequently bump elective surgeries.

BC PREMIER SUED FOR DEFAMATION

Former B.C. LNG advocate Gordon Wilson has filed a lawsuit against Premier John Horgan and Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston after Horgan and Ralston implied Wilson had not done any real work during his tenure.
The suit claims public comments made by Horgan, Ralston and Blaney were politically motivated and have damaged Wilson's reputation.
Wilson is seeking $5 million in damages, according to his lawyer Robert Hainsworth.

IMRAN AWAN INDICTED ON FOUR COUNTS

Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.
The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.

PROTECTING CANADIANS FROM DANGEROUS MEDS

Specifically, Young says Health Canada is not going to require the reporting of all serious adverse drug reactions, a measure at the heart of the bill Parliament passed.  Scaling back that requirement, he said, means Health Canada won’t be in any position to better understand what prescription drugs are harming – and killing – Canadians.

PUBLIC OPINION SHAPING JUSTICE POLICY

OTTAWA — The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government's controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy — including mandatory minimum penalties — before the Liberals bring in their promised reforms.
An online survey asks respondents to judge several scenarios involving mitigating circumstances surrounding a crime
Ottawa-based criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt said he is concerned the survey suggests the Liberal government is looking to public opinion, rather than evidence, when it comes to shaping its justice policy.
"Governing your justice policy based on the popular opinion is a dangerous game that potentially could undermine the rule of law and important constitutional protections," Spratt said.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RAE DAYS IN ALBERTA

When Premier Notley took office two years ago in Alberta, her new government faced severe fiscal challenges. The province had a large and growing budget deficit and was headed towards net debt status for the first time in approximately 15 years.
When Premier Notley took office, there were at least two broad historical models of NDP fiscal management from which she could have drawn. One of these was the Bob Rae model of higher spending and increased taxes. The other was the Roy Romanow model from Saskatchewan characterized by spending discipline.

SAFETY OF OIL & GAS TRANSPORT

A contentious road lies ahead for the construction of three recently approved oil pipelines (Trans Mountain, Line 3, and Keystone XL). Given continued opposition to oil and gas infrastructure, we have examined the latest data on the safety of oil and gas transport. In general, the transport of oil and gas is quite safe by all modes we examine: pipeline, rail, and tanker, though there are differences between the modes that should be considered when developing infrastructure

VENEZUELAN TANKER STRANDED OFF VIRGINIA

A tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy crude has been stranded for over a month off the coast of Louisiana, not because it can't sail but as a result of Venezuela's imploding economy, and its inability to obtain a bank letter of credit to deliver its expensive cargo. It's the latest sign of the financial troubles plaguing state-run oil company PDVSA in the aftermath of the latest US sanctions against the Maduro regime, and evidence that banks are slashing exposure to Venezuela across the board as the Latin American nation spirals into chaos.

MEANWHILE IN CORNWALL, ONTARIO

Cornwall is preparing to play host to hundreds of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Thursday a 300-room temporary shelter is being set up at the city's NAV Centre.
There is also the capacity to add tents outdoors.

REFUGEES IN POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

Multiple refugee claimants have been found in possession of child pornography at or near the Quebec border crossing where an influx of hundreds of asylum seekers crossing from New York state has led the Canadian government to set up a border camp

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.