Saturday, January 20, 2018

A GOOD START

A wind turbine has snapped in half and is currently sitting bent over in an open field in Chatham-Kent.
The approximately 160-tonne turbine is located at Drake Road and 16 Line at Raleigh Wind Power facility in Dillon, Ont. The turbine buckled overnight, according to Terraform Power director of investor relations Chad Reed.
"The collapse involved a single turbine at our 52-turbine Raleigh facility," Reed told CTV News. "TerraForm has not experienced any similar issues at any of its wind facilities globally."

FAKEST YEAR ON RECORD AT NOAA

The usual fake news sources are hysterically parroting the standard NOAA and NASA fake news about 2017 being the hottest something or other.

PM TRUDEAU'S VERSION OF DIVERSITY

WENTE:  I am as lapsed a Christian as they come. But I have a lot of time for people such as Mr. Dreher, who argue that the new orthodoxy of secular individualism is no more tolerant of difference than any other faith. We just don't see it – because, like all true believers, we believe that people who don't agree with us suffer from disordered thinking.
The law increasingly exists not to protect minority opinion but to impose majority opinion, Mr. Dreher has written. "Those institutions that hold to Christian orthodoxy are going to be increasingly isolated and stigmatized."
That is why you will find Mr. Trudeau in mosques, temples, shrines and smudging ceremonies. But one place you won't find him is in Pastor Jones's or Ms. Redshaw's church. Diversity is all very well – but only when it's good for the brand.

AB-SK PLATE WARS

   The ongoing border skirmish between Saskatchewan and Alberta over licence plates has so far mostly been a war of words, but a deadline next week could see it escalate, with the potential for hefty fines and possible trade sanctions.
  That is, unless Saskatchewan backs down first.
  Last month, Saskatchewan banned vehicles with Alberta plates from government construction sites, an attempt to make sure the province’s construction workers weren’t taking jobs that might otherwise have gone to Saskatchewanians.

TRUDEAU LIBERALS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH COMPETITION

OTTAWA — A Finnish company, Arctia Ltd.,  has raised red flags over the Trudeau government's decision to launch negotiations with Quebec shipyard Davie for the lease of four icebreakers without conducting a competition.
   Arctia isn't alone in questioning the decision to forego a competition to address an anticipated shortage of Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers in the coming years.   Alan Williams, who previously oversaw military procurement at the Department of National Defence, suggested the government could face legal challenges from companies for entering into direct negotiations with Davie.
"I can't help but wonder, what is the legal justification to bypass competition?" Williams said.

CANADA'S SPINELESS TWO-FACED POLITICIANS

When Khawlah Noman claimed a man in his 20s twice tried to cut her hijab that quickly became a national story in Canada. Toronto mayor John Tory and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne weighed in on the case, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed that in an “open and welcoming country” like Canada “incidents like this cannot be tolerated.”  Trouble is, according to police the incident “did not happen”
 Last October 8, Habbibullah Ahmad, 21, attacked Anne Widholm as she strolled on the Ganatchio trail in Windsor, Ontario. The 75-year-old grandmother suffered “the worst skull fractures I’ve seen in my 12 years here in Windsor,” as neurosurgeon Dr. Balraj Jhawar told reporters. The victim’s lacerated scalp, bruised face and fractured neck vertebrae were “among the most brutal things I’ve seen in my career.”
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, who campaigns against bullying, made no statement on the case and offered no public support for Anne Widholm. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau likewise ignored the case and did not warn that such incidents “could not be tolerated.”

TRUMP-RUSSIA NOT MUELLER'S FIRST BOTCHED INVESTIGATION

Controversy surrounds Robert Mueller and his investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion mirage.  Some maintain that he is the ultimate professional dedicated to following the truth, but others say he is a political hack.
There is no need to wonder about how Mueller operates.  His history has made it quite clear.  One needs only to study his actions as FBI director when he managed the FBI's most important investigation ever.


LOVING YOUR CULTURE ENOUGH TO PRESERVE IT

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration.  They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist.  I don't need to prove a thing.  Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America.  They want to destroy America as we know it.
As President Trump asked, why would we do that?
We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in.  I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese.  I am not willing to donate my country



Friday, January 19, 2018

ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF SMALL GOVERNMENT

   The experiment on how to best help the economy — and especially those in greatest need — has been running in real time in jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada. In Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario, where the fallout from the January 1st minimum-wage increase to $14 an hour is just beginning, the results are mixed. While low-wage workers are nabbing a hefty pay hike, consumers are seeing price hikes as employers try to recover their increased labour costs. Businesses unable to raise prices have begun shutting their doors. And workers are having their hours shortened or their wage hike clawed back by employers cutting benefits or requiring staff to pay for their uniforms.
   The small-government part of the experiment, in the laboratory run by President Donald Trump and Co., is producing opposite results. Even before he signed into law one of the biggest corporate tax cuts in U.S. history, his slashing of regulations unchained the private sector, spurring it to invest in expansion. The hiring that resulted raised median wages, which had been stagnant for four decades, and cut the unemployment rate to its lowest level in 17 years.

LIVINGSTON FOUND GUILTY IN GAS PLANT TRIAL

TORONTO — A former chief of staff in the Ontario premier’s office has been found guilty of deliberately destroying emails and other records in an attempt to avoid scrutiny in the cancelled gas plants controversy.
David Livingston was convicted Friday of attempted mischief to data and unauthorized use of a computer.
Livingston used a “scorched earth” process to destroy documents on 20 hard drives in the premier’s office despite being warned that he was obliged to preserve records, Lipson said.

NOT GUILTY IN LAC MEGANTIC TRIAL

After nine days of deliberations, jurors have acquitted the three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.
Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaître, 53, were all charged after the derailment of a runaway fuel train early on July 6, 2013. Several tankers, carrying highly volatile crude oil exploded, turning downtown Lac-Mégantic into an inferno and killing 47 people.​

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT ABUSES

Republican congressmen are calling for the immediate public release of a four-page memo that reveals what they call “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming,” government surveillance abuses under President Obama. One congressman even likened the details of the memo currently circulating in Congress to "KGB activity in Russia."

CALL A TOW TRUCK OR A SNOW PLOW?

A playful yet hard-working resident in the north of Montreal decided on a winter project designed to confuse ticket-wielding parking enforcement officers of the city, and it seemed to have worked.
Via MTL Blog, photos of the work done by Simon Laprise, a machinist in the city, were posted to Reddit of a car made entirely of snow seemingly “parked” on the illegal side of a residential street.

LIBERALS FAIL TO HONOUR LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the House of Commons. 
Democracy Watch announced on Jan. 18 that it had filed lawsuits in Federal Court challenging the appointments of Mario Dion as ethics commissioner and Nancy Bélanger as lobbying commissioner on the grounds that opposition parties were not adequately consulted during the nomination process. 

FEDS TO LEASE ICEBREAKERS FROM DAVIE SHIPYARD

OTTAWA — The federal government will launch negotiations Friday for the lease of four icebreakers from Davie, the Quebec shipyard at the centre of the RCMP's investigation against suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
The surprise move follows growing concerns about the coast guard's aging icebreaker fleet, which were highlighted earlier this month when mechanical problems kept the service from helping a ferry trapped in the St. Lawrence River.
It also comes after strong pressure from the Quebec government for Ottawa to give Davie more federal work. The company recently laid off 800 workers after converting a civilian ship into a new interim resupply vessel for the navy.

BLAME WYNNE

A staff memo written by a couple of Tim Hortons franchise owners in Whitby, Ont., blames cuts to employee benefits on the Ontario government and its minimum wage hike.
The notice also suggests employees contact Premier Kathleen Wynne if they have concerns about the changes — and let her know she doesn't have their support.
Cue the outrage.

WYNNE SHORING UP THE VOTES

A pre-election cabinet shuffle is a big deal in the life and death cycle of any government, a last chance for reincarnation or resurrection.
The Liberals are putting their best face(s) forward in the final months before a June 7 vote. But Wednesday’s cabinet unveiling also lays bare the party’s exposed flanks after 14 years in power.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

ALBERTA'S COMMITMENT TO KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

   The Alberta government is making a two-decade commitment to TransCanada Corp's long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline – a key move that will underpin the $8 billion (U.S.) project that has struggled to gain enough support from major oil shippers.
   The Alberta government's crown corporation, the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, will pledge 50,000 barrels of oil per day for 20 years, said Cheryl Oates, communications director for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
  While rival Enbridge Inc. calls the deal a "subsidy" for the TransCanada project, the Alberta government said the commitment will bolster industry confidence and stability for the pipeline project, as well as the province's economy as a whole.



DISSENSION IN THE UNION RANKS

TORONTO — The largest private sector union in Canada says it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress over issues which include disagreements about the rights of workers to choose what union should represent them.
In a letter to the CLC, Unifor national president Jerry Dias and Quebec director Renaud Gagne say the congress has also been less than supportive of their concern about American-based unions "trampling on the rights" of workers.

FUNDING TIED TO LIBERAL VALUES TEST

OTTAWA — Faith-based organizations are welcome to seek federal funding to create summer jobs for youth, the Liberal government says, but it has not budged from a new requirement that recipients demonstrate they respect a woman's right to have an abortion.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to work with churches and other religious groups that have expressed their concerns over the new application process for the Canada Summer Jobs program, which requires applicants to attest that neither their core mandate nor the job itself oppose human rights, including those related to abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

APOLOGY TO CANADIANS FOR HIJAB HOAX

The family of a young girl who garnered international attention with a harrowing hijab attack story that turned out to be a hoax has now offered an apology to all Canadians.
In a statement released Wednesday, the family explains they were fooled by the 11-year-old’s tall tale — just as many others were, including the prime minister.

THE CLIMATE LAWSUIT GOLD RUSH

   For years many fossil fuel companies seemed content to stay quiet in the face of public vilification, but with big lawsuits looming, this strategy of avoiding public climate controversy is looking increasingly precarious. 
   Up until now it has mostly been enough to simply fight each case on its merits. But as the shock victory in the Netherlands demonstrates, fighting each case solely on the evidence presented at the hearing for that case may not always be enough.
  Unless fossil fuel companies do more to publicly challenge the junk science underpinning the climate lawsuit gold rush, they could end up haemorrhaging large settlements to green opportunists.

TARIFFS ON IMPORTED SOLAR PANELS?

    LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, “Everybody goes out of business.”
    The solar industry is anxiously awaiting the decision, which will have wide-reaching implications for the sector. Domestic panel producers opposed to cheap imports would benefit from a tariff. But installers that have relied on the lower-cost hardware for their recent breakneck growth would suffer.

CLIMATE CHANGE A NATIONAL SECURITY RISK

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 lawmakers, led by a New York Republican and Rhode Island Democrat, have called on the Trump administration to reverse its decision to pull climate change as a threat from the National Security Strategy (NSS).
The letter to President Trump expresses "concern" about the NSS as "we have heard from scientists, military leaders, and civilian personnel who believe that climate change is indeed a direct threat to America's national security and to the stability of the world at large."
"As global temperatures become more volatile, sea levels rise, and landscapes change, our military installations and our communities are increasingly at risk of devastation," they added. "It is imperative that the United States addresses this growing geopolitical threat."

CNN BIG WINNER OF TRUMP'S FAKE NEWS AWARDS

CNN was the big four-time award winner in President Donald Trump’s Wednesday night “Fake News Awards” unveiling that presented eleven total awards.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WHY AREN'T WE ALL DEAD YET?

James Delingpole:   This year marks the 50th anniversary of Paul Ehrlich’s eco-doom bestseller The Population Bomb. Maybe we should all stage a mass die-in to spare the distinguished Stanford biology professor his embarrassment.
   His book claimed:  The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.
   Remember all those hundreds of millions of people who starved to death between the release of Led Zep III and Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever? Nope, me neither. That’ll be because like most of the things predicted by the future Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University, it
didn't actually transpire.

ANGELA KNOWS BEST

Kurz, who was Austria's foreign minister at the height of Europe's migrant crisis, was one of the fiercest critics of Merkel's contentious decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to those fleeing conflict.
  Merkel chided the member states that have refused to take in their share of migrants and refugees under the European Union's quota system.


CROSS-BORDER DATA EXCHANGE YIELDING RESULTS

OTTAWA — A budding cross-border data exchange with the United States is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators.
The federal government has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States, newly obtained memos show.

$215MILLION DISCRIMINATION CLAIM AGAINST OTTAWA CITY

A judge has ruled that taxi plate-holders can stand together to fight Ottawa City Hall and claim that the city’s new taxi rules are discriminatory.  Taxi plate-holders have common beefs with the city’s vehicle-for-hire bylaw, which has allowed Uber to be street legal in the capital
The plate-holders have pointed to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, arguing that the city’s new taxi rules are discriminatory since many are members of minority groups.
The statement of claim, which was filed in 2016, has the taxi plaintiffs asking for $215 million in damages from the city.

CASE AGAINST VICE ADMIRAL NORMAN CRUMBLING

    Details of a 2015 cabinet meeting the RCMP suspect Vice Admiral Mark Norman leaked to a company were already known by a number of well-connected individuals in Ottawa, says a retired defence industry lobbyist.
   Norman was suspended from his job as second-in-command of the Canadian military more than a year ago after the RCMP alleged he tipped off Davie shipyards that the Liberal government was going to derail a project that involved the Quebec firm converting a commercial ship into a supply vessel.
  But Norbert Cyr, a retired military officer who had been a lobbyist for a defence firm as well as working for the defence industry’s top association, says he and a number of others with no connections to Norman or Davie knew the details of the cabinet meeting shortly after it happened.

CANADIANS DON'T NEED AN ANNUAL SCOLDING

The head of an influential Muslim group said he's disappointed Quebec's main opposition parties do not support a call by his organization to make the anniversary of Quebec City's deadly mosque shooting a day of action on Islamophobia.
Last Friday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for the Jan. 29 anniversary of the mass shooting one year ago to become a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

LIBERALS' FISCAL MATH ISN'T WORKING

 NP:   It’s doubtful the Liberals have the political will to sustain five years of grinding austerity to reach a goal that they manifestly believe is unimportant, in order to respect a commitment they probably regret making. If I were them, I wouldn’t want to talk or think too much about budget projections, either.
 And with reason. The government’s Mandate Letter Tracker says that the Liberals’ commitment to balance the budget in 2019-20 and continue to reduce the federal debt-to-GDP ratio is “Underway with challenges.” Many have already remarked that this is a very generous assessment: the debt-GDP ratio increased in 2015-16 and again in 2016-17, and the government has yet to produce a budget projection in which the budget is balanced before 2040. We’re at the point where it’s fair to ask whether or not the Liberals even want to meet their fiscal commitments.

MAN OVERBOARD

NP:  Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was second-in-command of the Canadian Forces until an RCMP investigation cost him his job. A year later, no charges have been laid, but Norman remains in limbo.

LIBERALS DELAY NAVY SUPPLY SHIP CONSTRUCTION

Construction of the navy’s supply ships won’t start until 2019, the federal government says, yet another delay in outfitting the maritime service with a critical capability.
Work on the first Joint Support Ship at Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver was supposed to begin this year, but federal officials recently refused to outline to parliamentarians the building and delivery schedule for those vessels.
However, in the newly released update on the progress on the government’s shipbuilding strategy, the Liberals report that construction will begin in 2019.

TOO BULL-HEADED TO NEUTRALIZE NAFTA CHAPTER 11

It says Canada is currently facing eight active investor-state claims — including Omnitrax's recent NAFTA claim related to its broken rail line to Churchill, Man., and Lone Pine's challenge to Quebec's fracking moratorium — that combined seek more than $475 million in damages.
Lori Wallach of the progressive Washington-based group Public Citizen is also critical of Canada's defense of Chapter 11.  ''This is the irony to it. Canada is No. 1 in the world of developed countries that has lost under investor-state," she said.
"Canada's paid out a ridiculous amount of money... Of any country Canada should say, 'That's it. I've had it with investor-state.'"

GREEN FOSSIL-FUEL DIVESTMENT CRUSADE

If you ever wonder how academics and activists combine to end up utopian, anti-poor and anti-middle class all at once, look no further than calls for savings and pension divestment from Canadian oil and gas companies.
One academic from Toronto’s Ryerson University wrote of how “we are facing an impending disaster” from fossil fuels. The professor had several demands: That companies “reduce their carbon footprint to net zero” or be forcibly wound down. If they do not voluntarily commit economic hara-kiri, towns and cities must even more massively subsidize green industries to put hydrocarbon industries out of business. Finally, a demand that the Canada Pension Plan drop its oil and natural gas holdings.

Monday, January 15, 2018

TEN COMPANIES DOMINATING THE GLOBAL ARMS TRADE

The world puts $1.69 trillion towards military expenditures per year, and about $375 billion of that goes towards buying arms specifically.
Whether it is guns, tanks, jets, missiles, or ships that are on your shopping list, in the international arms community, as Visual Capitalist's Jeff Desjardin notes, there is a supplier for any weapon your country desires.

WYNNE'S DESPERATION

Wynne:  “I’m fighting for workers by increasing the minimum wage,” she tweeted. “I’ve taken every opportunity to defend Ontario workers during NAFTA negotiations. I’m happy to hear that GM will be producing a new line of trucks in Oshawa.
“I keep fighting for the workers there & across Ontario.”
Below the tweet was a short video of a car coming off the assembly line in Oshawa.Trouble is, the car being assembled was a Camaro, which hasn’t been manufactured in Ontario for over two years.

LIBERALS PREPARING TO CEDE GROUND ON NAFTA

Canada seems to be quietly backing down on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It is now willing to bargain U.S. demands that the Liberal government had formerly dismissed as deal-breakers.
The Globe and Mail reports that Canada will propose technical changes to auto content rules in order to mollify the Americans. The newspaper also reports that Canada is mulling over proposals to change three dispute settlement chapters in order to make them more acceptable to Washington.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DOJ UNSEALS URANIUM ONE INDICTMENT

Based on what the FBI knew – including evidence which purportedly includes a video of Russians preparing briefcases of bribe money – the Uranium One deal never should have gone through. Moreover, both Robert Mueller and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were directly involved – and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other Justice Department officials appear to be covering for them.
In short, the FBI had ample evidence of the Russian bribery plot before the Obama administration approved the Uranium One deal thanks to their embedded mole in the Russian nuclear industry.

ARIZONA'S GOP SENATE NOMINATION RUN

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally announced her intention to run for the GOP Senate nomination in Arizona, embracing Donald Trump and putting the primary field on notice as to what sort of race she is going to run.
"I’m a fighter pilot, and I talk like one," said McSally, the first female pilot to fly in combat. "That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done."
McSally is challenging right-wing icon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced his bid last week.

ENDLESS NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES

Mark Steyn:  There's rather a lot of stabbings nowadays, don't you find? Hard to keep up. I try to winnow it down by only following stabbings in towns I've been through in the last two years. In 2016 I spoke to some "Syrians" in Kandel, a month or so after passing through Gothenburg en route to dine with my friend Ingrid Carlqvist. On the steps of my hotel, two young bearded chaps were selling copies of the Koran. "Thanks all the same," I said, "but I've already got one."
    Dundalk and Burlington I know rather better. The machete is, of course, a traditional farming implement of northern New England. It's used by plaid-clad Yankee farmers to tap maple trees for their bountiful sap. In hunting season the woods are full of gnarled hardscrabble oldtimers waiting patiently in their tree stands to spy a passing bull moose and then hurl the machete into him, splitting the skull to leave perfect his-and-hers antlers for the master bathroom.

ALARMISTS' HYPERBOLE & DISTORTION

Dr. Tim Ball:  The “Bomb Cyclone” of 2018 is another example of hyperbole and distortion designed to scare the public and promote false perceptions.
 It followed the pattern of presenting normal events as if they are abnormal. In fact, it was just another “Nor’easter.” It wasn’t even close to the blizzard of 1888, reported in the 1976 U.S. Department of Commerce book “American Weather Stories,” that,  "cut off and immobilized Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Snowfall average 40 to 50 inches over southern New York State and southern New England, with drifts to 30 and 40 feet. In Middletown, N.Y., snowdrifts were reported to have covered houses three stories high. The townspeople had to tunnel through the snow like miners, even shoring up the passageways with timber. For 2 days, frequent gale-force to near-hurricane winds accompanied below-freezing temperatures which ranged from near zero to the low twenties over much of the area.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

MIKE ROWE DELIVERS SMACKDOWN

Mike Rowe is a unique kind of guy. He's someone who has championed the working class, the people who do the nasty, ugly jobs that people need done but no one wants to do. He's celebrated the welders and electricians and argued that maybe, just maybe, we need more of them than gender studies majors.
This, of course, has made him a few enemies. After all, in this day and age, anyone who doesn't say the right things is all kinds of evil.
One such person got to experience one of the most polite smackdowns humanly possible from Rowe after she took issue with him doing a voiceover for a show on the Science Channel.

TOP 10 SH!THOLES NOBODY WANTS TO VISIT

Unnamed sources are once again claiming president Trump said outrageous things, including calling Haiti and parts of Africa "shi*holes." No one is sure this actually happened, but it sounds true, so the Washington Post ran with it. But it brings up an interesting point. Are we allowed to point out that there are places in the world that are not ideal, or are we pretending all countries are equal? This seems demonstrably ridiculous, yet the left is acting super-offended at the suggestion that some countries are shi*hole-ish.

CREATING MUSCLE FROM SKIN CELLS

Why do we need to turn skin into muscle?
    Well, in the case of someone with muscular dystrophy, it seems that taking samples of muscles that are already wasting away is unethical. But, by using skin cells to create muscle tissue, researchers can examine the muscle and learn from it instead. Since the same DNA is in play, the muscle should be basically the same.
    In 2015, biomedical researchers were able to create muscle tissue from muscle cells. It isn't an easy thing, but it stands to reason that it could be done.
Now, however, the study makes it clear that we can do the same thing with non-muscular cells. First by converting the cells into muscle cells, then by growing the muscle tissue from there.

P!SSING AWAY MONEY AT ONTARIO'S HYDRO ONE

Ontario's largest and recently privatized electricity utility has spent $9 million to redesign bills and is proposing to spend an additional $6 million on the project.
Hydro One has come under fire for spending since the Liberal government sold more than half of the company, notably for its CEO's $4.5-million pay.

PARAMEDICS USING DRONES IN MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Paramedics in Renfrew County have a novel, new way to rescue patients in distress that sends help from above. 
Renfrew County is the first paramedic service in Canada to get approval from Transport Canada to use drones in medical emergencies. The service has received permission to drop off lifesaving medical supplies like naloxone kits, defibrillator machines and even floating devices to patients, even those out of the drone operator's line of sight. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

DARWIN AWARD NOMINEE

Alina Corsone is still suffering from the effects of severe frostbite on her toes after she waited 40 minutes outside of an Ottawa nightclub on New Year’s Eve when temperatures felt like -40 C with the wind chill.

Corsone, who was wearing open-toed shoes, suffered painful frostbite on her feet.

"CALL THE DOCTOR, HE SAID SH!THOLE!!!!"

Feigned horror over Trump's sh!thole comment:  have a laugh.


EXPOSURE TO OPIOIDS IN THE WOMB

As more babies are born in Alberta suffering from symptoms of withdrawal as a result of exposure to opioids in the womb, the Canadian Paediatric Society has issued new guidelines for the treatment and support of newborns affected by maternal drug use.
There has been a 74 per cent increase in the number of babies hospitalized in Alberta due to neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), according to data gathered by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) over the past five years.

OMAR VS THE SOLDIER'S WIDOW

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr cannot avoid a huge civil judgment against him by recanting the confession and guilty plea he made before an American military commission, lawyers acting for the widow of a U.S. special forces soldier argue in new court filings.
Canadian courts must accept the agreed statement of facts that underpinned Khadr’s war-crimes conviction in 2010, they argue, regardless of whether he lied under oath when he admitted to tossing a hand grenade that killed the soldier eight years earlier.

COMPARING CANADIAN & AMERICAN OIL & GAS INDUSTRIES

Oil prices are rallying, but instead of reaping the benefits Canadian oil and gas producers are stuck on the sidelines while their American counterparts are riding them with all they’ve got.

PM TRUDEAU'S INTOLERANCE

In the name of “inclusion” and “tolerance,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government are excluding and being intolerant to faith-based social agencies and churches from even applying for the Canada Summer Jobs program that provides subsidies to hire summer students.
In so doing, Trudeau will hypocritically be harming the very people he claims to care for the most — youth seeking work experience and the poorest of the poor in Canada.

TRUDEAU'S PROGRESSIVE TRADE AGENDA

Justin Trudeau’s “progressive” trade agenda — the insistence on including gender parity and Aboriginal issues in trade negotiations with the United States — is being cited as a barrier to progress by senior figures in the U.S. administration, according to people familiar with the matter.
Donald Trump’s top dealmakers are said to be complaining that Canada is not negotiating and that, in the event of a collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a bilateral deal with Mexico might be easier than one with Canada because it is willing to be flexible on U.S. content requirements.

THE YANKS MUST BE SHAKING IN THEIR BOOTS

Tough-talking Liberal cabinet ministers are delivering a collective message that Canada will "stay strong" to defend the country's interests in the face of escalating trade tensions with the United States.
The economic fallout from trade disputes is top of mind for ministers holding a two-day winter retreat in London, Ont., after Canadian stocks and the dollar fell Wednesday on reports the U.S. is increasingly likely to withdraw from NAFTA.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

HILLARY'S FBI ALLIES UNDERMINED THE TRUMP ELECTION

   Strzok and Page were part of a larger Washington D.C. establishment. Its members might work for the Washington Post, the EPA, and the FBI or for one of the big law firms, but they were all living in the same swamp. And they shared a common view of Trump as a threat to their way of doing business.
   Strzok and Page weren’t supposed to be planting hit pieces in the media, but the politicization of the FBI and the DOJ had corrupted them. Instead of searching for the truth, they were working for Hillary Clinton. And their texts, nasty and media obsessed, read like spillover from the Clinton campaign.
It was insurance against a Trump win. But it also fed their sense of importance. They weren’t just cogs in a law enforcement machine. Instead they were helping determine the outcome of an election.

LIBERALS FORCING HIGHER TAXES ON CANADIAN FAMILIES

The Fraser Institute:   Since coming into office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has repeatedly claimed to have reduced taxes for middle class Canadian families—a claim based solely on the federal government’s reduction to the second lowest personal income tax rate from 22 to 20.5 percent. However, a recent study found that when all the Trudeau government’s major changes to the personal income tax system are properly accounted for (including the elimina­tion of income splitting and other tax credits), income taxes have been raised, not lowered, on the vast majority (81 percent) of middle income Canadian families.

COLD SNAP DOESN'T FAZE INSECT PESTS

If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again.
 Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive.
“Insects have been around for ages and have survived a wide range of weather conditions,” Hu said. “They have developed strategies for surviving even in the coldest temperatures by entering diapause—ceasing to feed, grow or reproduce—by hibernating in protected sites, by burrowing deep down into protective sites—such as leaf litter or the ground—or by sneaking in to human-built structures.”

WILD BOARS IN ONTARIO

In eastern Ontario a dairy farmer wants a hunter’s licence revoked after he shot his pet pigs.

GENEROUS ONTARIO TAXPAYERS

TORONTO — The provincial government is giving $24 million to the largest Chinese investment in Canadian agriculture that is eventually expected to increase Ontario dairy milk production by seven per cent per year. The funding will help create local jobs at the Chinese baby-formula factory.
Feihe International is building a $225-million plant at Kingston, which will create 280 new jobs over the next five years.
The 280,000 sq. ft. plant will make baby formula from cow and goat milk.

NEW YORK MAYOR SUES OIL COMPANIES

Mayor Bill de Blasio will sue the country’s five biggest oil companies alleging climate change and global warming led to Hurricane Sandy and its catastrophic fallout and the companies should pay for the city’s resiliency upgrades.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DRAMATIC GREEN ARSEHOLES WORLDWIDE

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee warned there was “just 59 days” to save future generations from “an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next.”
Inslee went on a lengthy Twitter rant in efforts to convince the state legislature to pass legislation to tax carbon dioxide emissions. Washington residents voted down Inslee’s last carbon tax plan by a wide margin in 2016.
Britain has its own Drama King:   Prince Charles declared in 2009 that we had just 96 months to save the world from “irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.” (Note: Four months earlier in 2009, Charles had issued a ‘100-month’ tipping point deadline.)
Altering the end date again, Prince Charles declared on July 18, 2015 that the world now has “just 35 years to save the planet” from “global warming”.


ONTARIO GOV'T CRACKDOWN ON TEXTING & DRIVING

   The Ontario government wants to start suspending the drivers’ licences of people caught texting at the wheel and jailing drivers who kill people while driving carelessly
      The Canadian Automobile Association, which speaks up for drivers, is as rigid in condemning the habit as anybody. If you’re texting and driving specifically, you’re 23 times more likely to be in a crash or dangerous near-miss as an undistracted driver. A quarter of car crashes involve a person on a phone. If you’re fooling around with your phone at the wheel, you might as well be doing tequila shots.

NO SWISS CITIZENSHIP FOR IMMIGRANT WELFARE RECIPIENTS

  A new civil rights act has come into force in Switzerland that prevents residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens unless they pay back the money they received to the state.
  The new regulations will make it impossible for asylum seekers and migrants who have lived off state handouts in the last three years to become citizens even if they have lived in Switzerland as permanent residents for the required time to make a citizenship application.


LAPD CONSIDERING THE USE OF DRONES

   The Los Angeles Police Department took another step toward using drones in some tactical situations after its civilian bosses Tuesday approved a $31,500 donation to purchase the controversial devices.
    The use of drones — or "small Unmanned Aerial Systems" in police-speak — has become a contentious issue for law enforcement.
    Advocates say camera-mounted drones could help protect officers and others by collecting crucial information during high-risk situations or searches without jeopardizing their safety. For many privacy advocates and police critics, however, the drones stir Orwellian visions of unwarranted surveillance or fears of militarized, weapon-toting devices patrolling the skies.

ONTARIO LIBERALS' SECRET LISTS

    Numerous Ottawa long-term care homes could be on a secret government list of facilities considered “medium risk” or “high risk” but it’s impossible to know how many or which homes, because the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is staying quiet.
    Despite pressure from the provincial auditor general to “provide the public with better information for decision-making on long-term care homes,” the ministry has refused to release information about which of Ottawa’s 27 long-term care homes are considered high or medium risk, saying it plans to make more information available online so people can compare the performance of long-term care homes.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A NEW WAVE OF CRIME SOLVING TECHNOLOGY

Remember that time we all thought 3D printed guns were going to unleash a new wave of terror and unchecked violence across the nation?
Soon after that, Canada’s public safety department commissioned a study on ways to prevent the spread of 3D printed guns, while the U.S. Congress banned them outright.
But now, it seems, the RCMP is looking at 3D printing technology with fresh eyes. Last week, the B.C. RCMP issued a government tender for its very own 3D printer, with the aim of building models of vehicle accidents for use in court. It may buy an additional four printers in the next two years.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE SAFE INJECTION SITE

The executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which operates the legal drug-taking site from a trailer at Shepherds of Good Hope, said Ottawa police regularly have a cruiser parked by the steps to the facility.
“We are having really significant problems currently and we’re hoping we can resolve them,” said Wendy Muckle.
While the presence of the cruiser alone is intimidating to some, other clients and even the odd staff member have been questioned by police, Muckle said.

FORECASTED 30,000% INFLATION RATE IN VENEZUELA

The socialist currency of the revolution isn’t counted, it’s weighed on scales. The only thing “strong” about the bolivar is the exercise you get from carrying bags of them everywhere. You could forge bolivars, but the fake money would cost you more than the real money. If you can actually print bolivars, go ahead and get in touch with the Venezuelan government which can’t afford to print its own money.
Venezuela’s central bank (under socialism, everything is centralized) can’t pay for the paper to print all the worthless money. And none of the companies that might sell the socialists the paper will take its worthless paper money in exchange for their paper. There’s no point in printing anything less than 50 bolivar notes because they’re worth less than the cost of the paper. But putting Obamanomics in action, Venezuela ordered billions more bills: more than the United States and Europe have combined.


CANCELLED: PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY

President Trump on Wednesday dissolved the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity that he formed after claiming there were some three million non-citizens voting in the 2016 election.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Wednesday evening that "despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry."

"Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action," Sanders said.

CASE AGAINST BUNDY DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE

  On Monday, a federal judge dismissed the case against 71-year-old Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons (42-year-old Ammon Bundy and 44-year-old Ryan Bundy), and Ryan Payne "with prejudice," meaning the federal government cannot retry the offenders after a judge declared a mistrial last month.
  The Bundy case traces back to the 1990s, when the federal government limited grazing rights on federal lands in order to protect the desert tortoise. A full 84.9 percent of Nevada's land area belongs to the federal government. In 1993 Bundy willfully broke the law, refused to renew his cattle grazing permit, and continued grazing his livestock on these public lands.

PHONY OUTRAGE OF ONTARIO LIBERALS

Nothing takes the mob’s mind off one’s own indefensible and appalling misconduct quite like shaming some other villain.
Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn tried to do just that Monday in a stunning, self-serving farce of a press conference where he threatened, bullied and promised to publicly out Ontario businesses for wrongs they haven’t, and are wholly unlikely, to commit.

LOBLAW'S $25 PENALTY CARD

Monday is the first opportunity for consumers to sign up to receive a $25 gift card from Loblaws related to the grocer's role in fixing the price of bread for more than a decade, but the agreement comes with some fine print.
Participating in the program also requires consumers to give up a lot of personal information, including their name, date of birth, address and other contact information — mainly because the company needs that in order to mail out the cards in the first place.



CHINESE BAN ON FOREIGN RECYCLABLES

OTTAWA — A Chinese ban on most foreign recycling material is leaving some Canadian municipalities with stockpiles of papers and plastics, much of which may eventually end up in the dump.
The ban is also driving down the revenues cities make off their recyclables because the competition to find a company able to take the materials is stiff.
China used to be the main recipient of the world's recyclable plastics and papers but has now stopped accepting almost all foreign materials, leaving Canadian cities in the lurch.

Monday, January 8, 2018

NEW HATE SPEECH LAW BACKFIRES IN GERMANY

As we reported recently, in what was officially a noble attempt to eliminate online hate speech in social media, and unofficially a devious crackdown on free speech, on January 1, 2018, Germany passed a law that forces websites to censor content deemed illegal under the new law and have it deleted within 24-hours. Ironically, as we observed last week, just hours after the law's passage it immediately backfired when it claimed its first victim, a German satirical magazine’s Twitter account which "parodied anti-Muslim comment."

NEAR RIOT AT DELAY PLAGUED JFK AIRPORT

Travelers at JFK Airport were getting snow where fast Saturday.
Two days after the last flake fell, JFK was reeling from the first snowstorm of 2018 with equipment malfunctions, dozens of delayed flights and scores of unhappy customers.
“We’ve been here since 8 a.m., and our flight keeps getting pushed back,” Leah Golubchick told the Daily News Saturday. “At first they said the baggage machine was frozen, so they were unable to take the bags off the plane. Now they said that the plane is snowed in at the hangar!”

MIGRANTS' CULTURE INCOMPATIBLE WITH EUROPE

Miloš Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, was interviewed by Prague TV station Barrandov on Thursday.
They asked him about the situation in France and what his vision is on multicultural Europe... his response was not the usual politically-correct narrative expected of a European nation's leader.

THE NEW TRUDEAU MAN

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took power in 2015, he promised us “change.”
At the time, we all thought it was government he was going to change, making it better or – given this is Trudeau we’re talking about – making it adorable.
But it turns out we were wrong.
Only now, are we starting to realize that what Trudeau really wants to change isn’t government, it’s us he wants to change.

JUST LOWER THE INCOME TAX, WYNNE

Team Wynne could have collaborated with their federal counterpart and reduced the income tax scale for those working for minimum wage, instead of causing chaos with independent employers. Voila, the simplicity of lowering income taxes would have given the same economic stimulation without causing hardships for employers and consumers.

EAST COAST CLEAN-UP

Work crews fanned out across the region Friday to deal with the mess left behind by hurricane-force winds, flooded coastal roads and downed power lines that left more than 280,000 utility customers in the dark – most of them in Nova Scotia, the province that endured the strongest winds.
The brawniest gusts were recorded in Cape Breton, where a 170-kilometre-per-hour blast streaked through the rural area of Grand Etang, known for producing powerful winds.


NO JAIL TIME FOR CENSUS RESISTERS

  Canadians can no longer be thrown in jail for not completing the twice-a-decade census, though warrants are still out for some who have flouted the survey.
  Statistics Canada would not say whether removing the threat of imprisonment could make Canadians less likely to fill out the census in the future, instead pointing out that its questionnaires generally have high response rates.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

SUNNY WAYS PM PUTTING CANADIANS AT RISK

Is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau so blinded by his naive belief that “diversity” and “inclusiveness” are Canada’s unique gifts to the world, that he’s undermining our safety and security?
Does he understand the nature of evil, that ideologies of hatred exist that no amount of Canadian “niceness” can appease?

THE LONG ARM OF CHINA

At home in Ontario, his activism barely raised an eyebrow.
But when a quiet-spoken Chinese dissident travelled to the country of his birth last year, security officers shadowed him for weeks, booking hotel rooms next to his, even following him to breakfast.
Before he left, they also had a disturbingly direct message: Stop condemning the Chinese government to Canadian media, or the family he had come to visit would face the consequences.

...AND PROBABLY WORLD WAR III.

The steep climb in global meat consumption has environmental interest groups debating a "sin" tax on animal products.
Meat consumption grew by more than five times between 1992 and 2016 and has contributed to greenhouse gas emissions, global obesity, rising rates of diabetes and cancer, soil degradation and deforestation, according to the Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return (FAIRR) Initiative.

THE REMARKABLE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE

  There are four operating rooms that run every day and a fifth available on Mondays. With “seven or eight operations” per day, that’s approximately 1700 a year — an increase of about 300 over the past five years.
  “Last year, of all patients who came for heart surgery, including emergencies and dire situations, we had an overall death rate of about 2.4 per cent, 2.5 per cent,” he said. “That’s extremely low. The best institutions in the U.S. have about 2.9, 2.8, in all comers. And if you look at elective bypass surgeries, most years we may not even have someone who doesn’t make it out of many hundreds of patients.”

PRIME MINISTER CRICKETS TRUDEAU

The Iranian government’s clear abuse of women alone is cause for international outrage. It is certainly something that one might expect to catch the attention of a Canadian Prime Minister who describes himself as a feminist. It would seem bound to create a bright image on the radar screen of a Prime Minster and who seeks to forge a foreign policy that reflects Canadian values. After all, that’s what the bold declaration that “Canada’s back” was all about, wasn’t it?
Which makes it all the more hard to understand Ottawa’s timid silence in the midst of the widespread and courageous outbreaks of protest currently under way throughout Iran

THE GOREACLE QUOTES THE DATA MOLESTER

This happened a couple of days ago, where Gore quotes failed climate science promoter (note Dr. Mann that I didn’t say carnival barker as is your favorite slur) and while many rushed to cover it right away, because of the sheer ridiculousness of it,  I wanted to wait and see what the fallout was. There’s plenty.

USA MIGRATION REPORT

   Apparently surging violent crime, massive tax hikes and insolvent public pensions are bad for attracting new residents...who knew? On the other hand, 364 days of sunshine per year, minimal crime, brand new infrastructure and some of the lowest tax rates in the country seems to be, to our complete shock, somewhat appealing to folks looking to relocate.
   But that is just a couple of many interesting takeaways to be gleaned from the latest annual "U.S. Migration Report" from North American Moving Services which found that Illinois was the most ditched state in 2017

GRIEVANCES OF THE IRANIAN PROTESTORS

What began on December 28 as local protests against high food prices in the northern city of Mashhad, Iran, has spiraled into mass protests consisting of some hundreds of thousands of Iranians in some two dozen cities, including if not especially Tehran, the seat of government.  So far over 20 people have been killed and many hundreds arrested in what has been widely described as “the most serious internal crisis the country has faced this decade.”
  Indeed, the economic suffering of the people has come at a time when the regime has grown rich—not least by Obama giving them over $100 billion as part of a nuclear deal.  The reason for this disparity is that the regime has been and continues to spend much of its wealth in trying to realize its stated Islamic ideals; it prefers supporting Hezbollah (currently Forbes wealthiest terrorist organization) and Hamas (third wealthiest) against the nearest “infidel” enemy, Israel, in the name of and for the greater glory of Islam, rather than feed its people.

THE PUSILLANIMOUS MACRON

   On Thursday, French president Emmanuel Macron criticized the United States and Israel for encouraging anti-regime protests in Iran claiming, inter alia, that such talk would lead the world closer to war. “The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war,” Macron told reporters.
   Unlike his predecessor, who capitulated to the whims and dictates of the mullahs, President Donald Trump voiced strong support for the protesters and leveled harsh criticism against the oppressive theocratic regime.  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Europe’s tepid reaction to the rapidly unfolding events throughout Iran and issued encouragement to the protesters, referring to them as “heroic” and “brave.”
 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

IGNORING HER OWN ROLE IN GRABBING YOUR MONEY

Wynne: Pick a fight with me Mr. Joyce, not those working the Tim Hortons pickup window.
I want the person who hands me a tea or coffee in the morning to be able to pay their bills, raise his or her kids and enjoy the full benefits of life in Ontario. I think that’s just fair — and I know many people across this province agree.
PUKE ALERT.

STATING YOUR OPINION IN ALBERTA

A Spruce Grove gas station owner who was asked to take down a “profane” anti-NDP sign has replaced it with a sign targeting the carbon tax.
The Tempo owner’s new sign reads “NDP Carbon Tax Hurts Us All.”
The original sign took aim at Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP as well as at Justin Trudeau’s Liberal federal government, displaying the words “F**K NDP/Trudeau.”

TWISTED PATH FOR CHINA-TO-B.C. REAL ESTATE FUNDS

The CEO of a Chinese company moved $750,000 from China to Metro Vancouver for a real estate deal with the help of nine strangers who each brought $50,000 into Canada for “tourist purposes,” according to a B.C. Supreme Court judgment.




BOYLE'S 2003 BRUSH WITH THE LAW

Joshua Boyle’s lawyers proclaimed this week that their client had not been in trouble with the law before the current criminal complaints against him.
“Mr. Boyle is presumed innocent of all charges,” read a statement from Ottawa lawyers Lawrence Greenspon and Eric Granger. “He has no criminal record and has never been in trouble with the police.”
It turns out Boyle has indeed been in trouble with the police, as a young adult, and he has appeared in court as well.

WYNNE BULLYING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

I read on Thursday that the premier of Ontario accused the heirs of Tim Hortons of being bullies to their employees by reducing some of their extra benefits following the province’s increased minimum wage hike.
That is rich considering Kathleen Wynne, who with no study and seemingly little forethought, added a 32% increase in eight months to the minimum wage
This is clearly a campaign strategy to detract from the Liberals’ abysmal record of high hydro rates, cap and trade and scandal.
Instead of the politicians being held responsible, they are changing the narrative so it is the evil business owners who are at fault

Friday, January 5, 2018

MOST CORRUPT & INCOMPETENT MEDIA AWARDS

President Trump was not joking when he tweeted that the White House would be handing out fake news awards to select members of the media this coming Monday. The president made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday night and two White House spokeswomen, Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, subsequently confirmed that the event will indeed be taking place and many individuals are being considered for the dubious honor.

NEW FBI INVESTIGATION OF CLINTON FOUNDATION

The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.
The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

AN ANNIVERSARY WE'D RATHER FORGET

What many recall of the Great Ice Storm of 1998: The sounds. It came quietly, a steady drizzle that in the cold, still air left trees, power and phone lines, sidewalks and roads coated with a glistening layer of ice. Absent the usual sounds of urban and rural life: the sharp crack of trees splintering, their broken limbs crashing to the ground with the sound of a million shattered crystal goblets, the rattle and hum of downed power lines, the groan of hydro towers collapsing under tonnes of ice.

THE PHOTO-OP PM

  How could the Prime Minister and his people not have known Boyle was under investigation? And if they did, why did they go ahead? Suddenly, Mr. Trudeau no longer looks caring and compassionate. He just looks stupid.
  Who vetted Mr. Boyle? How could the PM's security people not know that he was under investigation for serious crimes? Where was the PR team? What did the briefing notes say? Did Mr. Trudeau even read them? His people are staying mum. All they'll say is that the meeting happened. They can scarcely deny it. One report says it was Mr. Boyle who requested the meeting. Mr. Boyle, who is reportedly a PR hound, flooded social media with the visuals.

THE VIRTUOUS WYNNE

TORONTO — The premier of Ontario lashed out at the children of Tim Hortons' billionaire co-founders on Thursday for reducing the benefits of their employees in response to the latest minimum wage increase, calling it a "clear act of bullying."
Kathleen Wynne said if Ron Joyce Jr., whose father co-founded the coffee shop chain, was opposed to the Liberal government's decision to raise the minimum wage, he should have picked a fight with her, not the workers.

STORM POUNDS EAST COAST

Tens of thousands of Nova Scotians are without power this morning with a winter storm bringing "hurricane-force" wind gusts as high as 140 km/h to the region, according to the utility.
At 5:15 a.m. AT there were 137,000 outages reported on Nova Scotia Power's website — that represents one-third of all of the utility's customers. There are more than 1,000 people working on restoring power to Nova Scotia but it could be a few days before everyone gets power back.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

ONTARIO BUSINESS GETS A BUSY SIGNAL

   Businesses trying to figure out their responsibilities under sweeping new labour laws that apply to almost all Ontario workers in the new year are struggling to get through on a ministry information hotline, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says.
  A revised employment standards poster that companies were obliged under law to put up – under threat of fines – didn’t arrive until Jan. 2, CFIB spokesperson Julie Kwiecinski said.
   It took 14 tries for a business resource councillor with the CFIB to get through to an operator at the ministry’s employment standards hotline Wednesday, she said

FIRST NATIONS CHILD WELFARE REFORMS

Ottawa is eager to devolve the provision of child welfare services to Indigenous groups as part of a larger push to encourage self-governance. To that end, budget 2018 will include a boost in funds for that express purpose, Philpott said.
And, in December, at a special chiefs meeting, Philpott penned a memorandum of understanding with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs that will begin the process of developing a joint federal-Indigenous plan for welfare services with the goal of transitioning away from a provincially run system to First Nations control.

TRUDEAU PRESUMED MERELY STUPID

  NP: Blatchford:  As Joshua Boyle, thank God, must be presumed innocent, so may Justin Trudeau be presumed to be merely stupid.
   Continuing the Liberal tradition of looking kindly upon the highly sketchy, Trudeau met Boyle and family in his office on Dec. 18.
   Now, of course, the 34-year-old Boyle is facing a raft of serious criminal charges — he made a brief court appearance by video in Ottawa Wednesday — and Trudeau appears by the kindest light as an aging naïf sorely lacking in judgment.

HOW HUMANS CAME TO INHABIT THE AMERICAS

The discovery of two infants, ceremonially buried by a previously unknown population of ancient humans in Alaska around 11,500 years ago, offers stunning new clarity to the story of how humans came to inhabit the Americas, according to a new scientific paper.
By confirming the theory that Indigenous Americans are descended from Asians, the find also threatens to inflame a cultural controversy that has long troubled the study of human origins in the New World.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

INCONVENIENT FACTS

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
The indefatigable Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama at Huntsville is the first to declare the global temperature anomaly for December 2017. As Fig. 1 shows, in the 39 years 1 month from December 1978 to December 2017, the planet has warmed by half a Celsius degree. But that is equivalent to 1.28 C°/century, or little more than one-third of the 3.3 C°/century predicted with “substantial confidence” by IPCC in 1990 and also by the fifth-generation general-circulation models of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project in 2013.

LETTING THE MEDIA DEFEAT ITSELF

But Trump has always understood the media as a tabloid operation that specialized in the same heroes and heels as professional wrestling.
And he knows that he doesn’t have to beat the media. He just has to let it beat itself.
The combination of political anger and personal greed that drives the media is destroying its credibility. The media was most effective when it was playing the detached narrator and the impartial referee. Trump’s greatest trick was forcing it to get in the ring with him. That’s always been his trick for defeating his opponents. And the media has eagerly cast away its restraints and given in to its worst instincts.

USA: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND CRIME

A total of 58,766 known or suspected aliens were in DOJ custody at the end of FY 2017, including 39,455 persons in BOP custody and 19,311 in USMS custody. Of this total, 37,557 people had been confirmed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be aliens (i.e., non-citizens and non-nationals), while 21,209 foreign-born people were still under investigation by ICE to determine alienage and/or removability.

PLATITUDES AND BULLSH!T IN WESTERN EUROPE

Another year, another raft of televised Christmas and New Year's speeches by the Western European heads of state and government who are busy whitewashing terrorism, buttressing the EU, and generally running their countries into the ground. As always, the Christmas addresses tended to be short on meaningful references to Christianity, while pretty much all the leaders skirted the harsh realities of mass immigration and steady Islamization, preferring instead to speak, in sunny, saccharine, and consistently vague terms, about community and volunteerism.

OPG's EXCESSIVE PENSION AND BENEFITS

TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation must cut $500 million over the next five years from its nuclear operations budget after the province’s energy regulator took issue with compensation, corporate and administrative costs, including “excessive” pension and benefit levels at the province’s largest electricity producer

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WHAT A BARGAIN!

The federal government is spending $27 million to bring high-speed internet to around 1,500 households in 70 rural and remote communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Newfoundland MP was joined in St. John's by Premier Dwight Ball Tuesday for the announcement, which will also see $1.57 million come from the province and $11.52 million from other contributors.


ATTENTION FARMERS! THE GREENIES ARE PREACHING TO YOU

Governments should help educate farmers about research into ways to cope with climate change and assess the risks producers face, he said. They should also eliminate income support and other policies that discourage climate change adaptation.

FORMER "CAPTIVE" CHARGED

Joshua Boyle, rescued along with his family in October after five years in captivity in Afghanistan, is now in an Ottawa jail on charges of sexual assault, forcible confinement and administering a noxious drug.
Boyle, 34, spent New Year’s Day at the Innes Road jail after Ottawa police arrested him after an alleged series of disturbing crimes dating back to Oct. 14 — two days after Boyle called his family in Canada to tell them he had been freed.

YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS

Black American residents of Baltimore, Maryland, are now blaming a lower police presence for the city’s soaring murder rate despite three years of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists insisting that police be pulled from their neighborhoods.


FREEING THE PEOPLE OF IRAN

The end is near for the mullahs of Iran, which is bad news for the Islamic Republic of Iran, but good news for the Persian people, who have a chance to free themselves of the baleful effects of the Arab conquest and -- finally -- join the community of Western nations by casting off its imposed Islamic theocracy and, it is to be hoped, Islam itself. The late Shah of Iran attempted, in part, to de-Islamicize historic Persia of its foreign influences via the restoration of the Peacock Throne, but his revolution was overturned, in part via the Soviet-inspired meddling of the Iranian Tudeh Party, which left the gates open for the ayatollah Khomeini.

PROTECTING CANADA'S OCEAN WAR GRAVES

Recent reports from Ireland that scuba-diving treasure hunters are pillaging the remains of a First World War shipwreck have brought new urgency to a campaign to designate Canada’s own sunken naval vessels “ocean war graves.”
But as sport diving becomes more advanced and less costly,  nine wartime ships in Canadian waters —  most sunk by German U-boats, others by accident — are increasingly vulnerable to grave robbers.

YEAR OF RECKONING FOR CANADA'S NEWSPAPERS

As 2018 dawns, it’s clear that Canada’s news media are in danger of lurching into the abyss unless Ottawa takes action soon.
Enforcing our country’s anti-trust laws to stop the corporate consolidation and cutbacks in local news coverage would help to stanch the bleeding in the short term, but Canada’s Competition Bureau has recently shown little interest in taking such action.
More long-term measures, similar to those taken in other countries, are also needed to strengthen media policy in Canada to help protect news from the depredations of Darwinian capitalism and encourage the growth of digital journalism as old media fade away.

FUNDING TRUMP SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSERS

Weeks after The Hill revealed a $750,000 scheme by California woman's rights attorney Lisa Bloom to compensate women accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct - one of whom had her mortgage paid off after Trump ignored her pleas to become his makeup-artist during the campaign - the New York Times claims in a bombshell report  that DNC operative and Media Matters founder David Brock, along with major Hillary Clinton friend and donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, steered $700,000 towards Bloom's efforts to smear Trump with sexual misconduct claims right before the 2016 election.

Monday, January 1, 2018

BOOSTING GOV'T REVENUE IN UAE AND SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates introduced value-added tax from Monday, a first for the Gulf which has long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system.
Saudi Arabia compounded the New Year blow for motorists with an unannounced hike of up to 127 percent in petrol prices with immediate effect from midnight.
They are the latest in series of measures introduced by Gulf oil producers over the past two years to boost revenues and cut spending as a persistent slump in world prices has led to ballooning budget deficits.