Thursday, September 21, 2017

OH CANNABIS!

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

CHINA'S SOARING DEBT GROWTH

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

HURRICANE MARIA'S RAMPAGE

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

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

SAMANTHA POWER'S DEDICATION

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

SUPPLY SHIPS & ICEBREAKER FOR CANADIAN NAVY

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

ANTI-RACISM HEARINGS

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

THE MIDDLE CLASS PM

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OH CANNABIS!

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

FUN & WAR GAMES IN RUSSIA

Reuters reports that a military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed.

OBAMACARE DEATH SPIRAL

According to WSJ, the average cost of health coverage offered by employers pushed toward $19,000 for a family plan this year, while the share of firms providing insurance to workers continued to edge lower, according to a major survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

CLINTON HYPOCRACY

Hillary Clinton likes to talk a tough game about Russian President Vladimir Putin. And she likes to put him on the list of those at fault for her loss in the election last November to Donald Trump. But that didn’t stop her from inviting him and other top Russian officials to a Clinton Foundation gala right after she became Secretary of State.

GERMAN ELECTION POLLS

German federal elections are Sunday, September 24. The most likely outcome of the election is another “Grand Coalition” but it will be a much-weakened coalition.  And If that coalition forms again, the rightwing AfD party is poised to become the largest opposition party.

EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO

At Least 139 Dead, 60 Pulled Alive From Rubble After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Mexico

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UN SPEECH

President Trump gave his first official speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, and was immediately berated by the New York Times (Trump's "characteristically confrontational message") and the Washington Post ("Trump's menacing United Nations speech, annotated"). Sen. Dianne Feinstein lambasted him for words that  "greatly escalated the danger" from Iran and North Korea. And the foreign minister of Venezuela's socialist dictatorship, Jorge Arreaza -- apparently trying to formulate some sort of supreme insult -- compared Trump in 2017 to President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

MANAGING THE TRUDEAU FAMILY FORTUNE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid out his government's parliamentary agenda for the fall Tuesday and quickly found himself answering questions about his own use of the country's tax laws to manage his "family fortune" in light of his proposed tax fairness agenda.

ASYLUM SEEKER NUMBERS STILL RISING

New statistics released Tuesday by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada show that as of August, 27,440 claims for asylum have been filed in Canada, a peak since record highs of between 36,000 and 33,000 in 2008 and 2009.
And the numbers are expected to continue to rise.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CARBON TAXING FARMERS

Agriculture Canada draws a similar conclusion. Even though farmers are already reducing emissions, Ottawa estimates its carbon tax will cost Western Canadian farmers an average of $3,702 per year. While some sectors, such as dairy and poultry, can pass increased costs on to consumers through government-enforced pricing structures, the bureaucrats note that’s not the case for most farmers because “the agricultural sector is trade dependent and exposed to foreign competition.”

FALLING RATES OF FOOD STAMP USE

Food stamp usage has declined every month since President Trump took office in January, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment.

PELOSI RUN OUT OF DACA PRESS CONFERENCE

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared flustered, stunned, and confused Monday as a rambunctious group of undocumented protesters disrupted her press event defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
A group of about 100 Dreamers/DACA recipients demonstrated their anger over Democrats working with President Trump to end the Obama-era program. They overtook the stage and eventually ran Pelosi out of her own news event.
 

REFORMING THE UN

If the U.N. cannot quickly improve its legitimacy and effectiveness, the U.S. should reconsider the manner in which it funds and participates in the organization. President Trump has expressed his opinion of the need for U.N. reform, and his administration has reduced the U.N.'s peacekeeping budget and has begun to apply pressure on the UNHRC. It is my hope that both Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will continue to aggressively lead a transformation in the U.N.

ONTARIO GM STRIKE

The strike at General Motors’ CAMI auto assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont. is ‘the poster child for what’s wrong with NAFTA’ according to the president of its union.
The strike—which began on Sunday night after negotiations broke down – is largely about protecting Canadian jobs from being outsourced to Mexico, Unifor president Jerry Dias told BNN in an interview on Monday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

HURRICANE MARIA

Following the same path as Irma.
Hope the wine cellar holds up Sir Richard.

OH CANNABIS!

How can government tax edible cannabis products? Who will police the lunch kits of the nation?

CANADIAN HOME SALES EXPECTED TO DROP

Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday.

COMMONSENSE FIRE POLICIES

Environmentalists abhor timber cutting on federal lands, especially if trees might feed profit-making sawmills. They would rather see trees burn, than let someone cut them. They constantly file lawsuits to block any cutting, and too many judges are all too happy to support their radical ideas and policies.
Thus, even selective cutting to thin dense stands of timber, or remove trees killed by beetles or fires, is rarely permitted. Even fire fighting and suppression are often allowed only if a fire was clearly caused by arson, careless campers or other human action – but not if lightning ignited it. Then it’s allowed to burn, until a raging inferno is roaring over a ridge toward a rural or suburban community.

JUNCKER'S CHEAP EU TRIUMPHALISM

Commenting on Jean-Claude Juncker’s state of the European Union speech last week, the usually restrained German economic weekly Wirtschafts Woche said the following: “Today the chief of the European Commission gave a great speech… a speech full of great nonsense.” What prompted that staid publication to use such undiplomatic language, especially since the European Parliament gave the speech a standing ovation? Hopefully, it is the realization of more and more Europeans that the cheap EU triumphalism and prescriptions peddled by Juncker are, at best, inappropriate, and at worst, a recipe for disaster.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

DONALD TRUMP'S AMAZING GOLF SHOT

Hillary-ous

THE BUSINESS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Millions of Americans who trusted Equifax with sensitive personal and financial data, including social security numbers and credit-card information, are now nervously wondering whether they will be among the unlucky minority of affected customers whose identities are successfully “repurposed” by online criminal groups.
One researcher from security firm SecureWorks shared some details about today’s burgeoning marketplace for stolen data with Bloomberg, and the conclusion is clear: It is now easier – and cheaper – for criminals to access and abuse illicit data than ever before. In fact, a high-limit American express card with a high chance of working can be purchased online for less than $20. Criminals can buy files with thousands of low-limit card numbers for pennies on the dollar.

THE SUCCESS OF HUNGARY'S BORDER WALLS

Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 per cent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump’s much-discussed southern wall in the U.S.

INVESTIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICS IN CANADA

Did you know that in President Bieber’s Canada it is now virtually illegal to express doubts about the existence of ManBearPig?
 No, I wouldn’t have believed it either, till I learned via Lorrie Goldstein about the extraordinary criminal action brought in Canada by a bunch of eco-fascistic litigants against three climate skeptical organisations.

WYNNE NO HERO IN BRIBERY TRIAL

Why, then, would Wynne willingly testify for the prosecution of her two pals? First, to distance herself from the whole bribery allegations, which she arguably did.
Second, to bolster her former henchmen’s defence that this was all about keeping the Ontario Liberal family together.
Wynne testimony, far from being a selfless or risky act was all about helping herself and her former helpers in a friendly atmosphere. That doesn’t make her a hero in my books.

WYNNE'S $1.5B CARBON TAX GOUGE

Did you know Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government has taken $1.5 billion extra out of our pockets since the start of this year?
By “extra” I mean money her government wasn’t taking from us in 2016, from all sources of government revenue.
This $1.5 billion extra — $1,501,908,017 to be precise — comes from Ontario’s new cap and trade carbon pricing scheme.

TRUDEAU'S LIBERALS: SYMBOLS OVER SUBSTANCE

Less easily dismissed, they ran on a platform that was largely divided between promises they had no intention of keeping — balancing the budget by their fourth year, say, or reforming the electoral system — and promises they hadn’t the first clue how to achieve. This is a government, and a prime minister, much given to the grand gesture, the sweeping statement, with the details left to be filled in later. And it is those “details” that may pose the greater threat. Nobody minds a broken promise half so much as a cocked-up one.

$75 MILLION OVER BUDGET & IT DOESN'T WORK

Another government IT project is going off the rails, this one intended to issue Canadian passports faster and cheaper than the current system.
The so-called Passport Program Modernization Initiative, launched in 2014, is at least $75 million over budget and well behind schedule.
"From its outset, the complexity … was underestimated," says an internal document, explaining a series of setbacks to the ambitious plan.
"The project management capacity and expertise was insufficient for the complexity and scale of the initiative."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

DON'T BLAME THE RUSSIANS

The 36-page report entitled: Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, alleges third parties worked with each other, which may have bypassed election spending limits — all of which appears to be in contravention of the Canada Elections Act.

OH CANNABIS!

The New Brunswick government says it has formed a new Crown corporation to oversee the sale of recreational marijuana. 

JUDGE CALLS BULLSH!T ON GREEN CRUSADERS

Sensing that the judge wasn’t going to let them sue ExxonMobil based on climate change, CLF’s lawyers shifted gears early on in the hearing and scrambled to portray their case in a way that didn’t rest on climate change, and was instead about supposed violations of an EPA permit. This change in tactics made clear that CLF – as is always the case with the #ExxonKnew coalitions – isn’t suing ExxonMobil because of climate change. Instead, CLF and others are suing ExxonMobil because it’s ExxonMobil; they will say and do whatever it takes to notch a win against the industry.

MORE CLINTON EMAILS EXPOSED

Judicial Watch says the documents reveal "numerous additional examples of classified information being transmitted through the unsecure, non-state.gov account of Huma Abedin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, as well as many instances of Hillary Clinton donors receiving special favors from the State Department."
“The emails show ‘what happened’ was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
 

ANOTHER ATTENTION SEEKING DINK

A NYC professor has been placed on administrative leave after several shocking anti-cop tweets came to light, prompting the city's largest police union to call for his firing.
Professor Michael Isaacson, who teaches, ironically, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, tweeted last month that “it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.”
 

DFO LOSES PRICEY SUBMERSIBLE

Researchers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada are hoping their fancy new oceanic surveying tool reappears, but there's been no sign of the submersible glider since July 28, and it's likely been lost.
Your first reaction is, you know, shit happened and it will report — you know, we'll get it next time," said Charles Hannah, a research scientist with DFO who heads up the program that deployed the glider. "You kind of get used to losing equipment in the ocean."

WYNNE'S TRADE STRATEGY

Ontario might respond with its own protectionist measures if the U.S. implements the Buy American policies favoured by President Donald Trump, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday.
In an interview in Washington, Wynne said she had told Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross an hour earlier that “we will retaliate if necessary.”
 

MORNEAU'S END GAME

The Morneau corporate tax initiative is not about closing loopholes, or making the tax system more “fair,” as the minister likes to claim. Its underlying objective is higher taxes on the rich — the top five per cent, the top one per cent and the top 0.1 per cent. Having raised the top marginal rate as promised, the government is now pushing more Canadians into the top rate through the corporate reforms. And there is more to come.

Friday, September 15, 2017

REALITYOF MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

What the likes of Jean-Claude don’t seem to be willing to contemplate, let alone understand or acknowledge, is that the EU is a union of sovereign countries. The meaning of ‘sovereignty’ fully escapes much of the pro-EU crowd. And if they keep that up, it will break the union into pieces.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary must accept their migrant ‘quota’, as decided in Brussels, and that, too, constitutes an infringement on these countries’ sovereignty. And don’t forget, sovereignty is not something that can be divided into separate parts, some of which can be upheld while others are discarded. A country is either sovereign or it is not.

ONTARIO LIBERALS' GAS PLANT SCANDAL

The trial of two aides of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty is likely to lay bare some inner workings behind the politicized management of Ontario’s power system over the past 10 years.

WYNNE'S TESTIMONY AT BRIBERY TRIAL

Wynne had a narrow tightrope to walk: Separate herself from any taint of wrongdoing without throwing her good friend, Sorbara, and Lougheed, an important party powerbroker, under the bus.
But try as she might, by the end of her testimony, the smell of road kill was heavy in the air.

IRMA'S STAGGERING TOLL

Irma has finally relinquished its grip, but the storm that tore a massively destructive and deadly path from the small Caribbean island of Barbuda to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia continues to exact a staggering toll.

TRUDEAU PLEASING THE UNIONS

Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s plan to close tax loopholes for very high-income earners, saying it’s an important first step toward bringing more fairness to Canada’s tax system.
It’s pretty easy to see the game here. Partly it’s no game: a lot of Liberals simply continue to see organized labour as a powerful partner in improving life for ordinary Canadians. But partly it’s strategic, too: labour support can translate into votes, and it can help give the general impression that a government Stands Up For The Little Guy.

DEFENDING CANADA

Conservative MP James Bezan asked St-Amand whether he agreed with the common Canadian perception that the Americans would shoot down an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile heading for a Canadian city, even though Canada is not a participant in the U.S.’s ballistic missile defence program. His response jolted the committee members from their late-summer stupor.
“I’m being told in Colorado Springs that U.S. policy is not to defend Canada. That’s fact I can bring to the table,” he said

Thursday, September 14, 2017

VENEZUELA NOT ACCEPTING DOLLARS FOR OIL PAYMENTS

“Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,” Maduro said in a multi-hour address to a new legislative “superbody.” He reportedly did not provide details of this new proposal. 
    And today, as The Wall Street Journal reports, in an effort to circumvent U.S. sanctions, Venezuela is telling oil traders that it will no longer receive or send payments in dollars, people familiar with the new policy said.
 

AMAZON ADJUSTING CLINTON BOOK RATINGS

  In what many have dubbed a flagrant intervention by Amazon itself to seemingly boost the rating of Hillary Clinton's new book "What Happened", the Telegraph first reported, and subsequently many others observed first hand, that Amazon has been monitoring and deleting 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book "which was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released."
  Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some accusing Clinton of using it as an opportunity to blame others – such as former FBI head James Comey, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, social media and pretty much everything else – for her failure, rather than herself. Even The New York Times, which supported Clinton's campaign, wrote that the book is "a score-settling jubilee".

CLINTON STATE DEP'T SECURITY LAPSES IN BENGHAZI

Five years after the Benghazi terror attack, two American security contractors have finally come forward to talk about the shocking security lapses of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and how they faced pressure to stay silent.  The pair didn't speak out sooner out of fear that the Obama administration would retaliate against their firm, Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions.

THE LANGUAGE OF LOSING

   Steyn:  By that he means "safe havens" in Afghanistan. But the reason the west's enemies are able to pile up a continuous corpse count in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Brussels, London, Manchester, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Orlando, San Bernadino, Ottawa, Sydney, Barcelona, [Your Town Here] is because they have "safe havens" in France, Germany, Britain, Scandinavia, North America, etc. Which "safe havens" are likely to prove more consequential for the developed world in the years ahead?
   In Afghanistan, we're fighting for something not worth winning, and we're losing. In Europe, Islam is fighting for something very much worth winning, and they're advancing. And, according to all the official strategists in Washington and elsewhere, these two things are nothing to do with each other.

BUSINESS AS USUAL IN ONTARIO POLITICS

The Premier, who waived her parliamentary privilege so she could testify, told the court there was "disarray" in the local riding and that party brass did not think Mr. Olivier was the best option. "He wasn't a great candidate in the election and we were looking for a candidate to win," Ms. Wynne said.
Mr. Thibeault and Ms. Wynne are not charged with any offences. While the court has heard that Mr. Thibeault had asked for a stipend from the Liberals to run, as well as jobs for two of his federal constituency staffers, he has denied any wrongdoing.
 

SENATOR SPEAKS ABOUT THE INDIAN ACT INDUSTRY

After vowing to take the summer months to meet with Indigenous people after a series of controversial remarks, Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak says she now believes First Nations should give up their Indigenous rights and integrate into Canadian society
"The real problem, as identified in letters from the grassroots across the nation, and which no government has had the courage to address, is what they themselves identify as the Indian Act Industry in Ottawa, all living and working together comfortably, huge bureaucracies, massive expense accounts, fully assimilated to the ways of the white and Indigenous worlds, with available 5-star accommodations and business class travel, while the Indigenous population is constantly reminded that integration or assimilation is not good for them," she wrote.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ONTARIO'S JUDICIAL SNOWFLAKES

A Hamilton judge who wore a hat in court bearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has been suspended without pay after an oversight body ruled his behaviour constituted a “single aberrant and inexplicable act of judicial misconduct.”

DUKE U. DORKS

Over the course of the nine-week program, men will participate in weekly discussion groups conducted through an “intersectional feminist lens,” with the hope of helping male students learn an “intersectional understanding of masculinity” and creating “spaces to destabilize masculine privilege.”
Organizers warn that the program isn’t for the faint of heart, explaining that the discussion groups will make men feel “vulnerable” and “will be challenging,” and should thus be “taken seriously.”

EQUIFAXS' DATA BREACH: PROTECTING YOURSELF

What’s so despicable about this is how Equifax , one of three credit agencies  that we are forced to provide this information to if we want to get credit, failed to protect the data. It’s not as if they didn’t have warnings. This is the third time that their computers were hacked over the past two years. You wonder who's managing their security.
But it gets worse. When they discovered that there was a theft of all their data, they waited six weeks before informing anyone. That’s a long time and it allowed the thieves to take their data, package it, and go to the underground web and sell it.
 

HURRICANE SEASON; CUE THE CLOWNS

Last week, media personality Bill Nye "the science guy" waded into meteorology, claiming that man-made climate change is directly responsible for the strength of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"It's the strength [of these hurricanes] that's almost certainly associated with global warming," Nye told Dan Rather in a radio interview. "Global warming and climate change are the same thing. As the world gets warmer and there's more heat energy in the atmosphere you expect storms to get stronger."
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JODIE EMERY

Not chillin'.

CREAKY START TO GAS PLANT SCANDAL

The two gas plants were re-contracted and relocated at an estimated cost that could hit $1 billion. The decision wasn’t just enormously expensive, but also controversial, and though McGuinty and the Liberals were narrowly re-elected, the lasting political fallout and government stalling to produce documents saw two Conservative MPPs finally make a formal complaint to the OPP in 2013.
That in turn led to an investigation that lasted more than two years and resulted in Livingston, McGuinty’s former chief of staff, and Miller, his former deputy chief of staff, being charged in December 2015.

Monday, September 11, 2017

PASS THE LUBE

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says two-thirds of Canada’s small business owners, including farmers and physicians need not worry about the proposed federal changes to the tax system because they won’t be impacted “at all” by what the Liberals have put on the table.

LIBERALS ON TRIAL

On Monday, two top aides to Wynne’s chief enabler, former premier Dalton McGuinty, will appear in a criminal court to answer charges of breach of trust and mischief.
Mischief? David Livingston, McGuinty’s former chief of staff, and Laura Miller, his deputy, are accused of destroying government documents about the cancellation of two gas-fired power generating plants by allegedly purging damaging e-mails from hard drives.
Some mischief.

ESCAPING NORTH KOREA

North Koreans who escape from Kim Jong Un’s regime, by way of China, there is no quick flight onward.
Instead, they embark on a gruelling journey that – best-case scenario – involves travelling almost 4,300 km on buses, motorbikes and boats, in taxis and on foot over mountains, on a roundabout route that scores of North Koreans each month are embracing as the best possible way to reach South Korea, where they will immediately become South Korean citizens.

LIBERALS MAKING RULES FOR LIBERALS

Before becoming prime minster, Mr. Trudeau promised free, fair, and open nomination contests in all 338 ridings across the country. But prior to the 2015 election, there were numerous ridings across the country where unsuccessful nomination contestants accused the party leadership of playing favourites. Now, it remains to be seen if the party leadership protects incumbent MPs from nomination challenges before the 2019 election, or sets targets that could save them from going through the divisive process

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CANADA'S 100,000 JOBLESS ENERGY WORKERS

   More than 100,000 oilpatch employees — roughly one in three — lost their jobs during the oil downturn of the past three years, according to estimates by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Canadian Society of Unconventional Resources (CSUR).
   Energy prices are recovering, but many are still out of a job, gave up looking for work, retired early or are starting over in entry-level positions in other industries at a fraction of their previous salaries.
Meanwhile, green and other new economy jobs promised by governments as part of their push to transition toward renewable energy have been slow to materialize, and they usually go to better-qualified candidates from other industries when they do.

CANADIANS' ATTITUDES ON OIL, PIPELINES & CLIMATE

Abacus research:  Canadians are becoming more convinced that oil will experience a decline in demand in the next few decades. Ten years from now, equal numbers believe demand for oil will be rising (31%) as believe it will be falling (32%). This represents a striking 15-point increase in the number who believe demand will be falling, compared to our result in April of this year.

HURRICANE IRMA'S SLOW RUINOUS MARCH

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Announcing itself with roaring 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma plowed into the mostly emptied-out Florida Keys early Sunday for the start of what could be a slow, ruinous march up the state’s west coast toward the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area.

POLITICIANS WHO ARE EASILY COWED AND LEAD

A majority of Toronto school board trustees, without waiting for the results of their own review of whether police school resource officers (SROs) are a good idea, recently decided to suspend the program.
Clearly not wanting to be confused by facts, even facts they had asked for, their minds were already made up.

BLASTING NEB HANDLING OF ENERGY EAST

TransCanada filed a letter to the NEB asking for a 30-day suspension for the project so it can study how the NEB's decision on greenhouse gas emissions will affect "costs, schedules and viability." The request was accepted in a decision late Friday.
The Calgary-based company is calling the changes to the regulatory process "significant," and warns that the entire project and related Eastern Mainline pipeline project could be cancelled.
The track record for resurrecting projects that are placed on hold is not promising.

ANOTHER ONE OF WYNNE'S STRETCH GOALS

The Toronto Sun’s Freedom of Information request revealing, essentially, that Ontario’s Liberal government doesn’t have a hope in hell of hitting its own target for electric vehicle purchases — let alone getting the public to buy them — demonstrates two things.
The first is hypocrisy. The government is asking the public to do something it is not prepared to do itself.
The second is stupidity.

LIBERALS WALK AND CHEW GUM SIMULTANEOUSLY

“If we don’t secure an agreement on the fundamentals of trade to insure that the hundreds of thousands of jobs in Canada are maintained and enhanced, we then can’t work on the extra items that are also important like environmental issues. The priority needs to be on jobs,” O’Toole said.
He suggested the “extra” chapters be negotiated after the big things are settled.
“Many of them [the priorities] aren’t related to trade, they’re not related to market access… that has to be the focus here. Many of them are signature pieces for Mr. Trudeau from his campaign, but that has to be secondary to the jobs that we need to keep from NAFTA,” he said.
McKenna called this suggestion “crazy,” because “the key priorities are the same. The environment is the economy.”

Saturday, September 9, 2017

BIOMASS: LIBERAL GIBBERISH FOR CUTTING TREES

Atikokan, located between Thunder Bay and Fort Frances, is home to the largest 100 per cent wood biomass generating facility in North America — but between 80 and 90 per cent of the time, it generates nothing at all. Thunder Bay boasts a state-of-the-art advanced biomass station, but for approximately 98 per cent of the year, it, too, lies idle.

CANADA'S PAST FISCAL LEADERS

Are now fiscal laggards.

Friday, September 8, 2017

PARTNERSHIPS IN THE TAXMAN CROSSHAIRS ALSO

Husband/wife, parent/child, brother/sister… any and all variations of partnerships (formal and informal) with related persons are now also caught under the new “income sprinkling” proposals.

EU ORDERS MEMBER STATES TO ACCEPT MIGRANTS

The European Union's highest court has rejected a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia over the legality of the bloc's mandatory refugee quota program, which requires EU member states to admit tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

WHEN THE POT INVESTIGATES THE KETTLE

Canada’s independent competition watchdog says it doesn’t have enough resources to investigate false advertising by climate deniers, and is calling on the public for help.
After more than a year of investigating, the Competition Bureau abruptly dropped its inquiry earlier this summer into three groups that had displayed information in public raising doubts about the international scientific consensus on climate change.
 

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY EAST PIPELINE

The future of the Energy East pipeline has been thrown into question after TransCanada Corp. announced it wants to suspend for now its application to build the $15.7-billion project.
In a statement Thursday, Calgary-based TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says it filed a letter to the National Energy Board asking for a 30-day suspension for the proposed the 4,500-kilometre pipeline which would carry crude from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.
The company says it wants to study how the NEB's decision last month to consider the Energy East's contribution to upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions will affect "costs, schedules and viability."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

**CRICKETS** FROM MSM

The man in question is Val Trudeau, who the government's database lists as the Director of Shared Services Canada. He's also the president of the Glengarry—Prescott—Russell provincial Liberal riding association.

HURRICANE IRMA

Hurricane Irma killed eight people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida.
Television footage of the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin showed a damaged marina with boats tossed into piles, submerged streets and flooded homes. Power was knocked out on Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and in parts of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
 

ONTARIANS LIVING PAYCHEQUE TO PAYCHEQUE

The Canadian Payroll Association says Ontarians are not immune to a national trend of spending too much and saving too little.
The association's ninth annual survey found 42 per cent of people living in Ontario spend all of their net paycheque, right in line with the national average of 41 per cent.

CARBON TAX WILL SHRINK ECONOMY

The introduction of a federal carbon tax could “shrink” Canada’s GDP by as much as $3 billion in 2018 and lead to a slight depreciation of the Canadian dollar, a new report says.
In a study released Tuesday, the Conference Board of Canada said the tax could cause a broad slowdown in economic activity as “higher energy prices ripple throughout the economy.” Prices for natural gas, gasoline, electricity and other goods will rise, collectively raising costs of goods and services.

TAX GRABBING LIBERALS TARGET SMALL BUSINESS

Small business contributes about 30% of our country’s GDP, with the average worker toiling a minimum of 50 hours a week to stay afloat compared to a public-sector employee who won’t work a minute past their 37-hour commitment to the taxpayers who front their wages, benefits and oft-mentioned gold-plated pension plans.
Small business does not have taxpayer-funded pension plans. Most have no pension plans at all, other than working to their graves in order to keep paying the bills and their ever-increasing taxes.

BECAUSE OF TRUDEAU'S BIG MOUTH...

The federal government is laying the groundwork for an attempt to dissuade more diaspora groups in the United States from fleeing to Canada.
While it is not yet clear which communities the government plans to target, U.S. temporary protected status for citizens from nine other countries – El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen – is set to expire over the next year

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WYNNE BLOWING SMOKE AGAIN

   Instead of pursuing meaningful reforms that will provide relief from Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity bills, the Wynne government is betting on energy efficiency programs to try to provide a low-cost means of managing power needs.
    Ontario’s energy efficiency programs are costly and will likely result in minimal energy savings for residents and businesses.

PREPARING FOR HURRICANE IRMA

Irma is a Category 5 storm as it barrels toward the Leeward Islands east of Puerto Rico, including the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Antigua, Saint Kitts, Dominica and Montserrat. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Leewards, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Guadeloupe and the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Bahamas.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PULLING CLIMATE BARBIE'S CHAIN

Environment Minister McKenna was responding to comments O'Toole made to The Canadian Press in which he accused the government's push for environmental protections, Indigenous rights and gender equality as "virtue signalling" as part of the image-building machinery around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
"And so done with ridiculous language from #CPC like 'virtue signalling,'" McKenna tweeted. "We will continue to stand up for Canadian values at home & abroad."
"We are currently witnessing the largest forest fire in British Columbia's history, the Atlantic Ocean recording record temperatures, and the second flood of the century in 12 months in Windsor," McKenna wrote. "And the conservatives are still saying that the environment and the economy can be separated! Climate change is real and environmental protection is essential. It is time for the conservatives to understand the message."

WHEN IT COMES BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE ASS

A Georgia high school teacher is getting a lot of heat from online users and the school district she works for after she kicked out two students in her class for wearing shirts with President Trump’s signature campaign slogan.

A NEW WAY TO TRANSGRESS

For those wondering "What's Next?" when it comes to new ways for white people and men to transgress against minorities and women, two academics have come up with an answer.
They call them "invisibility microaggressions," which basically means anything not covered under previous definitions of "microaggressions" -- and even perhaps what you thought was being on the safe side -- is now covered.
 

TRADE UNION CALLING THE SHOTS AT NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS

Re NAFTA negotiations:  Jerry Dias, the leader of Canada's largest private-sector trade union, said Ottawa's negotiators are: pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers; agitating for both countries to offer a year of paid family leave, as Canada does; and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse to pay dues, draining money from unions.

Monday, September 4, 2017

NEW NGO RACKET: SMUGGLING INC.

Yet, this summer, even more than in previous years, it has become plain that some of the NGOs working in the Mediterranean are acting as something more than intermediaries. Many have in fact been acting as facilitators. Agents who have infiltrated the NGO groups have found collusion between the NGOs and the smugglers networks, including coordination with these brutal and mercenary organisations. Investigations have found NGOs to have been breaking their own agreed operating rules by coordinating locations to meet and pick up vessels sent out by the smugglers. This makes the NGOs effectively no more than the benign face of the smuggling networks. Undercover workers have also discovered NGOs handing vessels back to the smugglers' networks, effectively helping them to continue their criminal enterprise indefinitely.

TAX HUNGRY LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

  During the last federal election, the Liberals based their entire campaign on a defence of the middle class. Yet between Morneau’s squeezing of small business owners and Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, the Liberals are preparing to subject Canada’s middle class to the greatest tax increases in more than a generation
   The Liberals are desperate for cash. So they have concocted stories about small business owners’ greed to mask their own greed for more and more and more tax dollars.

LIBERALS' VIRTUE SIGNALLING AT NAFTA

  Conservative MP Erin O’Toole says his party is willing to offer non-partisan support to the Liberal government during the continuing NAFTA renegotiation.
But only as long as the Liberals keep the focus on job creation, securing market access and levelling a playing field that he says has given Mexican labour an unfair advantage.
O’Toole said the Tories have no time for the “virtue signalling” on gender, Indigenous and environmental issues that the government has also raised as bargaining priorities.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

FAIR BOARD FOLDS; PIG SCRAMBLE CANCELLED

LOMBARDY, ONTARIO —Visitors to the Lombardy Fair said the fair board should have listened to farmers instead of shutting down the pig scramble.
The Lombardy Fair cancelled the pig scramble after a small activist group, Toronto Pig Save, threatened to protest at the event. The pig scramble has children seven years and younger play tag with the pigs. The first child to touch a pig wins.

DEALING WITH DESTRUCTION FROM HURRICANE HARVEY

HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction.
It raged through neighborhoods rich and poor, black and white, upscale and working class. Across Houston and surrounding communities, no group sidestepped its paralyzing deluges and apocalyptic floods.
“Harvey didn’t spare anyone: The whole city is traumatized,” said Lynnette Borrel, whose backyard pool filled with murky water and schools of minnows from Brays Bayou on the city’s southwest side not far from downtown.

OBESITY EPIDEMIC IN USA

Americans continue to get fatter and it's delivering a huge blow to the country, both in higher health care costs and undercutting military recruiting, according to a huge new study.
The 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation bluntly reported that 70 percent of the nation is obese or overweight.

ISIS HOT POTATO IN THE SYRIAN DESERT

In a bizarre twist to an already unusual story, a convoy of 17 buses carrying Islamic State terrorists and their families has remained stranded since Thursday in the Syrian desert as the US, Russians, and Syrians discuss their fate: attack the convoy or allow it to pass? Regardless of what happens, emerging photos and video depicting ISIS' retreat from Lebanon as well as their current helpless plight stuck in the middle of Syria constitutes perhaps the most significant blow to ISIS propaganda to date

ATTRACTING IMMIGRANTS TO SMALL TOWNS

   Broad swaths of Canada’s hinterland, the small towns and rural areas beyond urban centres, are losing people, despite Canada having the fastest growth and immigration rates among the Group of Eight industrialized countries.
 Almost three in four newcomers move to just three cities: Toronto, Montreal and Metro Vancouver.

OTTAWA'S FIGHT WITH COUNTY PARAMEDICS

Last week, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell approved an alleged agreement between that municipality, Renfrew County, Cornwall and Ottawa that would apparently only send paramedics into Ottawa for unconscious patients and patients suffering from cardiac arrest.
   However, the City of Ottawa denies a tentative agreement even exists and says it would never sign off on that kind of arrangement with the counties.
   The view from the other side in this fight: 
A deal with the City of Ottawa covering cross-border deployment of paramedic services from neighbouring counties is still in place, according to Renfrew County’s director of emergency services, Mike Nolan.
“Ottawa was the originator of this agreement and sent it out to all its neighbouring municipalities,” he said.   “The City of Ottawa is playing games with the lives of residents of eastern Ontario and we would appreciate them honouring the agreement that they were a party to creating,” said Nolan.

COMPARING LABOUR MARKETS IN CANADA & USA

Overall, Canada performed poorly on the Index of Labour Market Performance. All but two Canadian provinces are ranked in the bottom half of the 60 jurisdictions, including the traditional economic engines of Canada, Alberta (ranked 31st, with an index score of 52.9 out of 100) and Ontario (ranked 44th, with a score of 47.7 out of 100).
Saskatchewan (score of 59.8, ranked 15th) and British Columbia (58.9, 17th) are the highest performing Canadian provinces, but neither is in the top 10 on the overall index. Six out of 10 Canadian provinces are in the bottom third (lowest 20 out of 60) of the index and four of the five lowest-ranked jurisdictions are Canadian provinces

LIBERALS GAVE $4.9 MILLION TO OXYCONTIN MAKERS

According to documents obtained by the Toronto Sun in a lengthy battle at Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission, the Liberal government doled out the money in 2007 to the manufacturer of OxyContin — Purdue Pharma. The documents reveal it did so even though it was well aware of legal issues piling up against the company because of the addictive pills which some experts say are at the root of the country’s wave of opioid addiction.
“Purdue Pharma Canada has been named in three class action lawsuits across Canada over the last year of so, in connection with the OxyContin line of painkillers,” says a briefing note written by government staffers dated November 2008.

LAKE HURON'S SHIP WRECKS

DETROIT — Two shipwrecks more than a century old have been found in the deep waters of Lake Huron, Maritime archaeologists announced Friday.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary officials said they recently confirmed the identities of the wooden freighter Ohio and steel-hulled steamer Choctaw.

PLAYING THE CARBON TAX GAME

  Premier Brian Pallister has already signalled Manitoba is opposed to the federal demand. Ottawa wants the provinces to start with a $10 per tonne tax next year that would ramp up to $50 a tonne by 2022.
   The Manitoba government has been eyeing the possibility of charging a carbon tax of $25 per tonne — half of what the federal government has insisted must be in place by 2022 — according to a document obtained by The Canadian Press.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

OIL TANKER LOG JAM IN THE GULF

The situation is slowly but surely getting resolved as more ports are starting to let traffic sneak through. On Friday, the port of Corpus Christi reopened to ship traffic, making way for seven refineries in the area to go back online. The Texas Gulf Coast supplies one-fourth of the nation’s oil and gas. Hurricane Harvey caused a severe hiccup in the gasoline supply chain over the last week, creating consumer panic and long lines at gas stations.

WANTED: DOUBLE WIDE

The federal government is in the market for winterized trailers to install at the Canada-Us Border in Quebec – a signal Ottawa is not expecting the wave of asylum seekers jumping the border there to ease anytime soon.

CLIMATE BARBIE INDOCTRINATES SCHOOL KIDS

"I'm really proud of you guys," McKenna told the classroom, "because you know what? Is climate change real?

"Are we seeing it happening every day? Yeah. And that's something that I think about a lot. And that's something, in my job, that I'm working really hard on. But you know what? I know that you guys really care. Do you guys really care about our planet?"
"Yes."
"Are you guys going to help me help the planet?"
"Yeah."
"Are you going to get your parents to do that?"
"Yes."
"Get your grandparents to do that?"
"Yes."
"Because it's about your future."

ARKEMA TEXAS PLANT EXPLODES

 That moment took place around 6pm ET, when ABC Houston reported that the doomed Arkema plant has exploded, causing a "massive" fire and "sending dark, black smoke into the air."

CHALLENGING LIBERAL TAX CHANGES

According to Canadian Business, 50% of small business in this country will not make it to their fifth birthday.
That’s with today’s taxation, not with Morneau’s upcoming changes.

Friday, September 1, 2017

TRAINING LIBERAL CABINET MINISTERS

Wasting a few hundred million is how Liberal cabinet ministers are trained.

HOUSTON BEGINS CLEANUP

HOUSTON—Across this city, residents came out to assess the damage Hurricane Harvey wrought on homes, churches and businesses and started the difficult task of clearing out furnishings, carpeting and keepsakes ruined by the record rainfall.

COMEY'S INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES

A new letter from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham reveal testimony from new witnesses suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey had already started drafting documentation exonerating Hillary Clinton long before interviewing key witnesses, including Hillary herself.

SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES ON CAMPUS

A Greek life retreat scheduled to take place at the University of Mississippi was cut short last weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree on campus.

TIME FOR WYNNE TO LOWER THE STANDARDS

With the school year about to begin, the latest test scores from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office show half the province’s Grade 6 students are failing to meet the provincial standard in math and student proficiency continues to decline year after year.

WYNNE'S FAMILIAR WHINE

How much longer can Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne blame former Premier Mike Harris for everything?