Saturday, March 24, 2018


   Video of the event clearly shows Trudeau leave his seat, storm across the aisle, grab Brown by his arm, push through the assembled NDP MPs, and in so doing, elbow NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest.You can see her say, “ouch,” as she recoils in pain.
   Several MPs allege that Trudeau said, “get the f–k out of my way,” to the MPs as he plowed through them. Trudeau eventually apologized and the whole sorry mess dissipated amidst the “right” to be killed by your physician — something that was a crime just hours earlier.
   A crack in the veneer of Trudeau’s “sunny ways” started to show that day and his top-down, bullying tendencies started to poke through.


    FP:  Lost in the Trump/Trudeau collaboration is any talk of reforming Canada’s supply management system for farm products.
    Trudeau is big on defending steel workers, not so hot on Canadian dairy consumers and jobs. Canada is “totally committed” to supply management, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last year, and Ottawa has given no indication that it is willing to change a system that, by design, protects the entire Canadian dairy supply chain from competition and dings consumers with some of the highest dairy prices in the world.
   Instead of holding town halls in steel plants to promote Canada’s fight for free trade in steel, Trudeau and his ministers should be out in the farm belts of the nation explaining how opening the dairy industry to trade liberalization would produce major benefits for consumers, the dairy industry and the economy.
   The case for ending the current regime has been made many times. Now a new research paper nicely summarizes the basis for a campaign to instruct Canadians on the realities of supply management.


  NP:  OTTAWA — The NDP has punished one of its MPs for voting his conscience, against party lines, on a motion condemning the Liberal government’s new requirements for Canada Summer Jobs grants.
   David Christopherson will no longer serve as deputy chair of the powerful procedure and House affairs committee, a decision made this week, the party confirmed Friday.
   Although the party was hesitant to confirm a link, the move appears to be a direct consequence of Christopherson’s decision earlier this week to vote against the rest of his caucus and support a Conservative motion.
   The motion protested a new funding prerequisite that groups applying for Canada Summer Jobs grants attest, by checking a box on the application form, that their core mandate respects rights and freedoms, including abortion rights.


  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Anyone tempted to #DeleteFacebook after the personal data of millions of users fell into the hands of a political consultancy is still likely to be monitored by the social network, which tracks nearly 30 percent of global website traffic.
    And Google (GOOGL.O), in various guises, shadows 64 percent of all web-browsing worldwide, a recent study ( of 200,000 German users by Cliqz, using its anti-tracking product Ghostery, said.
    A larger study of web trackers by researchers at Princeton University in 2016 produced similar results, with Google Analytics and other Google trackers taking the top five places, followed by Facebook.


   BURNABY, B.C. — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and a New Democrat MP were arrested Friday at a protest against Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia.
   May and New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart acknowledged they risked arrest by joining activists at a Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Burnaby after the B.C. Supreme Court placed limits on where demonstrators could protest.
   As she was led away by police, May said the permits issued for the project to proceed did not respect the rights of Indigenous people on their territory.


     WASHINGTON -- With pending lawsuits blocking implementation, the Trump administration released tonight its decision to enshrine in policy a ban on most transgender service members in the military.
    "Today, the president rescinded his previous memorandum on transgender service in the military in order to allow Secretary Mattis to implement a new policy developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement this evening. "The experts’ study sets forth a policy to enhance our military’s readiness, lethality, and effectiveness. On the advice of these experts, the secretary of Defense and the secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery — presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality."

Friday, March 23, 2018


   President Donald Trump signed Congress’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Friday afternoon, despite widespread criticism of the legislation from his supporters.
   The president described the 2,232-page bill as “ridiculous” but said he felt the need to sign it because of his duty to protect the country.
   Trump spoke at length about the bill, specifically pointing out the increases in military spending.
    The president stunned Washington on Friday morning, after he raised problems with the bill, threatening to veto the legislation after it did not offer protections for DACA recipients and funding for his long-promised wall.


   This morning the market has been on edge over, and traders are obssessed with just one question: how will China retaliate to Trump's trade war and tariffs... further. After all, the initial response of a modest 15-25% tariff on $3 billion in 128, mostly agricultural, products, seemed laughably small and appeared to be more of a warning shot than a real response to Trump's $50BN in Section 301 tariffs.
   One answer was revealed moments ago when as we reported that China’s ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai did not rule out the possibility of scaling back purchases of Treasuries in response to Trump's tariffs.
   But the more likely reaction is that China will simply escalate with a "brute force" tit-for-tat retaliation, and as Citi notes, the editor-in-chief of the state-controlled Chinese newspaper Global Times, Hu Xijin, confirmed precisely that when he tweeted: "I learned that Chinese govt is determined to strike back."


   The sinister discovery is ‘not criminal’ says the Investigative Committee, claiming the limbs were wrongly disposed of by a forensic lab.
   The hands, severed at the wrist, were found on an island in the Amur, close to Khabarovsk, some 30 kilometres downstream from the Chinese border.  
 But now the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes in Russia, suggests there was nothing abnormal in storing severed hands - only in the way they were disposed of.
It says that ‘these biological items (human hands) do not have a criminal background’ - yet it gave little extra detail.
  This appears to allude to a little-known procedure in Russia to cut the hands off unknown corpses as a means of retaining fingerprints if needed after burial.



   Ottawa Sun:   Netflix, the popular streaming service, valued at more than $100 billion, has been operating in Canada under circumstances that would be the envy of any company: It is not collecting sales taxes from customers and it is not paying corporate taxes on its Canadian revenue.
  As speculation mounted last year about how the government would deal with Netflix, the company announced it would spend $500 million over the next five years on creating new shows in this country.
    Netflix and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly have both publicly stated there has been no quid pro quo, and that the company has not received a tax exemption.


Prior to 2018, China bought roughly two-thirds of North America’s recyclable materials, but as of Jan. 1, the country has imposed strict new standards for the quality of paper-based materials it will accept.  China has reduced its acceptance of most recycled material to 1/10th of one percent of the tonnage it accepted in the past.  The country has also said it will stop accepting plastic containers such as bottles and bags entirely.


The 2017 Ontario Sunshine List.


Professor Jordan Peterson:  Kathleen Wynne is the most dangerous woman in Canada. video 


  Ontario government published the annual Sunshine List on Friday, revealing the public servants who made $100,000 or more in 2017.
   Ottawa residents will recognize familiar names among the local earners. As always, the health bigwigs are among the top.
    Ottawa Hospital president Jack Kitts pulled in $630,485 in salary, plus $69,108.37 in taxable benefits.


   NP: Six Canadian premiers have approval ratings lower than Donald Trump, according to a new poll released by the Angus Reid Institute.
    The U.S. president, who famously broke records for low approval in his inaugural year, currently has a 40 per cent approval rating. By contrast, at least 50 per cent of Canadian premiers cannot claim approval ratings of more than one third.
    The only premiers liked by more than half their constituencies, in fact, were the two rookies. B.C.’s John Horgan and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe both scored 52 per cent, but both have been in the premier’s chair for less than a year.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A policy that allows Service Canada officers to conduct surprise inspections and require employers of temporary foreign staff to allow investigators to search their computers, electronic devices and all documents — or risk losing their workers — is causing serious concern within this country’s agriculture industry.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals used government funds to pay $100,000 to the firm of Facebook data whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

Wylie has been in the news this week after admitting to helping political parties score electoral wins by exploiting the private information of millions of Facebook users.

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Just about went up in smoke. However:

The Liberal government avoided a disastrous result for its marquee marijuana bill Thursday, as the legislation to legalize recreational cannabis passed a key stage in the Senate. It's now headed to five separate committees for further study.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody Tuesday over allegations he illegally accepted 50 million euros ($68.5 million) from the government of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi to finance his successful 2007 presidential campaign.


A potential breakthough to an impasse over automobiles has created a new sense of optimism in the NAFTA negotiations, with different players declaring themselves more hopeful of a deal than they have been in some time.


Its population whittled down to just 700, Mulgrave is battling a long list of ills, among them potholed roads, abandoned houses, empty storefronts, an aging population, an impending school closure and an overall, understandable lack of optimism. 

Monday, March 19, 2018


   Back in 2011, the indomitable Peter Schweizer published Throw Them All Out, a detailed examination of political corruption as it is actually practiced in the halls of Congress.
  In his investigation, Schweizer found one single member of Congress against whom no allegations could be held – who had never taken a dime that was not his, had never cut any backroom deals, had never, simply put, played the game.
   That individual was Jeff Sessions.


   Amazon frightened many conservative authors this week in a mass deletion of reviews. Some authors lost almost 100 reviews on their published works. Others lost all the reviews they had ever written on Amazon. Some lost both. Information about the purge began to trickle out in the closed Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance (CLFA) Facebook group. Member after member began reporting the losses at the same time. Marina Fontaine, whose credits include the dystopian Chasing Freedom, the pro-Trump fiction anthology MAGA 2020, and moderating the CLFA page, reported many members experiencing losses.
  Amazon refuses to put an end to speculation that conservatives are being targeted, saying only, "There won't be any additional insight or action we can offer on the matter."


   The federal Liberals’ upcoming gun control legislation and the recent spike in rural crime are closely related.
    No, I don’t mean that if the Libs can just do something about getting guns under control, they will reduce the rural crime rate, which has risen by more than 20% in many rural parts of the country over the past five years.
   Nope. From that aspect, past Liberal gun control measures have actually made rural crime worse.


WASHINGTON — Facebook on Sunday faced a backlash about how it protects user data, as American and British lawmakers demanded that it explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network’s alerting users.

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, went so far as to press for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to appear before the panel to explain what the social network knew about the misuse of its data “to target political advertising and manipulate voters.”

The calls for greater scrutiny followed reports on Saturday in The New York Times and The Observer of London that Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm founded by Stephen K. Bannon and Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, had used the Facebook data to develop methods that it claimed could identify the personalities of individual American voters and influence their behavior. The firm’s so-called psychographic modeling underpinned its work for the Trump campaign in 2016, though many have questioned the effectiveness of its techniques.

But Facebook did not inform users whose data had been harvested. The lack of disclosure could violate laws in Britain and in many American states.


    Germany's populist, anti-immigrant AfD Party placed third in the recent elections, but judging by some recent by the newly-formed German government, they may as well have won.
    Last Friday Germany's new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer - a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CSU Bavarian allies who are further to the right than her own Christian Democrats - declared that "Islam does not belong to Germany", contradicting former German president Christian Wulff who fueled a debate over immigration in 2010 by saying "Islam was part of Germany" and also set out hardline immigration policies in his first major interview with Bild published last week.
    Over the weekend Seehofer again caused controversy by calling for national border controls, just as the EU wants them to be eased: "the EU was failing to control the external border" Germany's new interior minister said.
    "Not that many border points in Germany are permanently occupied," Seehofer told German weekly newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, adding: "We will now discuss whether that needs to change."

Sunday, March 18, 2018


How to win an election Vladimir Putin-style: Wrestlers, nuns and 'independent' monitors are caught on video fixing votes and stuffing ballot boxes as Russian strongman is set to rule for another six years.


   James Comey took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to an earlier tweet by President Donald Trump about the Russia probe, with the former FBI director exclaiming that the “American people will hear my story very soon.”
  “And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not,” Comey added.
   Comey was responding to Trump’s charge that the ex-FBI chief was aware of illicit activity at the FBI regarding the probe into unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion.
   Below, in no particular order, are nine major problems with Comey’s actions in the Russia probe. This while he tweets about determining who is “honorable.”


     While the media was chasing fake feminism, President Trump nominated Gina Haspel as the first female head of the CIA. And instead of celebrating this amazing milestone, the media wasted no time before smearing an accomplished woman who had succeeded in one of the country’s most dangerous fields.
     The media’s idea of a feminist heroine is Linda Sarsour. And Sarsour’s idea of feminism was protecting a sexual harasser, praising Saudi Arabia and Farrakhan. That’s also Tamika Mallory’s idea of feminism. Gina Haspel’s idea of feminism was going after the Islamic terrorists looking to realize Sarsour and Farrakhan’s idea of a perfect Islamic society where women and non-Muslims know their place.
   Gina Haspel’s nomination sends a message to Islamic terrorists and their domestic collaborators. And it shows that real feminism looks nothing like the Women’s March. It looks like the new head of the CIA.


   Ottawa is offering $500 million to businesses, local governments and advocacy groups for new ideas on how to cut Canada's carbon footprint.
   Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the government's Low Carbon Economy Challenge will dole out the money over the next four years to fund projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while also saving energy and creating green jobs.
   She says the government wants to hear the country's best ideas for reducing carbon pollution, building a more sustainable world and spurring the clean growth economy.


    The Conservative defence critic, James Bezan, is questioning the Trudeau government's decision to send peacekeeping troops to the troubled West African nation of Mali.
    Bezan said the Conservatives want to see Canada involved in more peacekeeping, including in Ukraine. But he said it must be in the national interest and in some cases, it may be preferable to fight under Canadian instead of UN command.
   "We know that this is incredibly dangerous," Bezan said. "We support our troops and know they are completely capable of doing it. But we are hesitant about putting our troops in harms way under UN command."
    "There is concern about how we are going to keep the peace when we have insurgencies, terrorism, failed states and multiple different missions going at the same time and no answers of how this is in Canada's national interest," he said. 


   In early February, B.C. Premier John Horgan proposed restrictions on bitumen shipments that would flow through the expanded pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast. In response, Premier Notley pulled Alberta back from purchasing hydro power and wine from its western neighbour.
    The war escalated a few weeks later when Notley floated the idea of cutting oil shipments from Alberta entirely.
   Though the issue revolves around the two westernmost provinces, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said he'd back Notley if she decided to cut oil supplies to any market.
    Though Saskatchewan isn't connected to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, the delays in getting the $7.4 billion expansion completed are affecting rail shipments of grain and other products in and out of the province because a lot of oil is moving by train, Moe said.


     YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's presidential election Sunday isn't in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term -- and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to do so.
    Polls opened at 8 a.m. Sunday in RMore than 1,500 international observers are joining thousands of Russian observers to watch the vote. The government wants to ensure that this election is clean after ballot stuffing and fraud marred the last Russian presidential election in 2012.
    A Russian election monitoring group said Saturday it has registered an "alarming" rise in recent days in complaints that employers are forcing or pressuring workers to vote.   Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the independent Golos centre said his own group has come under increasing pressure as the election approached, and warned that independent observers may be targeted by some kind of "attack" on voting day. He didn't elaborate.


    TORONTO – Ontario’s New Democrat leader says her platform will include improved public services, deprivatizing Hydro One and universal benefits for workers.
     Andrea Horwath says if it’s elected, the NDP would implement universal pharmacare and dental coverage for workers, stop cuts to health care and convert student loans into grants.
In a statement released after Horwath’s announcement, Wynne says she welcomes “many of the ideas brought forward by the NDP.”


   Donald Trump is a protectionist, virtually all agree, a menace to the international order whose America First stance threatens to launch trade wars and plunge the world into chaos. As decreed by pundits, economists and other experts throughout the world, a bizarro Trump inhabits “an alternate universe.”
   In truth, it is these critics who inhabit an alternate universe. They need to open their eyes and see the world as it really is — dominated by protectionists.
    Take automobiles, one of the world’s largest industries. American automakers selling into the European Union face a 10-per-cent tariff, four times that faced by European car makers selling into the U.S. American car makers selling into China face a 25-per-cent tariff. But these high tariff barriers are better, in a way, than the hurdles American automakers face when they sell into Japan, which has no tariff at all yet effectively shuts out U.S. exporters: Toyota sells more cars in a single California dealership than all U.S. automakers sell in Japan.
    Instead of tariff barriers, the highly disciplined, uniquely structured Japanese economy employs non-tariff barriers — a host of formal regulations and informal understandings. Korea likewise employs non-tariff barriers, despite (or perhaps, because of) KORUS, the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. As put last year by American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt, “Clearly, KORUS has had mixed results for America’s automakers and it has failed to live up to expectations. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew “Andy” McCabe Friday.
   By dismissing McCabe – who was set to retire at the end of the month – before Sunday, Sessions may have jeopardized McCabe’s ability to draw a pension. Speculation Sessions might make this move has stirred since the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report, which is yet to be publically disclosed, was reported to have recommend McCabe be fired over his handling of press disclosures during his investigation of the Clinton Foundation. The OPR, upon reviewing the IG’s report, issued a recommendation to fire McCabe.


   The head of a coalition of black pastors says Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) must end their “partisan hypocrisy” and denounce “leftist hate speech” such as that proclaimed by anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
    Rep. Waters’ refusal to speak out against Farrakhan and other extremist hate speech is the perfect example of the hypocrisy and moral cowardice of the Congressional Black Caucus,” Owens says. “Rep. Waters lives in a multi-million dollar home, a stark contrast to the poor district she represents. She manipulates African American voters for her own gain. And she’s just one of many black leaders who have sold out our values.”
   In the meantime, Democratic policies reduced our inner cities to crumbling, crime-ridden, economic wastelands. And yet, we are supposed to continue on, not questioning the policies or politicians that brought us to this point? African American voters have had enough of the double standards and hypocrisy. There is a great hunger for moral leadership in this country. If the Congressional Black Caucus does not step up to meet that demand, they will find themselves in need of new jobs.


    Rex Murphy, NP:  PM Trudeau tells steel workers he’s “got their backs,” . And good for him! That’s what a prime minister should do for a Canadian industry and the people who work in it.
     And it shows in his approach to it. There is to be no “feminist gender analysis” for steel. No talk of upstream and downstream emissions. No national steel tax. No weaning the steel industry off coal. And therefore, at one of Trump’s many flighty musings, the PM undertook a full emergency tour with all the apparatus of his office, attended by national and local press, to assure all he is fighting for steel and its jobs. As said, he’s got their backs.
    Does he have the Trans Mountain pipeline and the future of the oil industry’s back? Has the PM he gone to B.C. to state and insist on the national interest in completing the pipeline? Has he confuted the relentless propaganda of its permanent opponents? Has he ever argued with Greenpeace, Sierra Club, had one of his “conversations” with Aboriginal protestors where he made the case for the pipeline? Has he lived up to his deal with Rachel Notley? “No” to all these questions.


    STAR:  Singh is a federal rookie whose only political experience prior to becoming NDP leader was in opposition at the provincial level. At the time of his first-ballot victory he may have been unaware of the heightened degree of media scrutiny that attends a national leadership position.
    But the NDP does not lack for seasoned strategists who would or should have known better. A minimum amount of due diligence in the aftermath of that initial CBC interview would likely have unearthed the time bombs that exploded in the party’s face this week.
    To be forewarned is to be prepared. Judging by the scrambling that attended the Globe and Mail revelations that Singh had — in recent years — attended international events that featured speakers who openly advocated advancing the Sikh cause by violence means, the NDP brain trust was as unprepared to manage the issue as it was on the week after he became party leader.


    Conservative speakers aren’t the only ones at risk of getting shouted down on college campuses.
   Last week, Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, a Democrat and self-described feminist, attempted to give a speech at Lewis &Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. She’s on the left side of the political spectrum but is willing to challenge some of its sacred cows. The pinned tweet on her Twitter profile reads, “Want to close wage gap? Step one: Change your major from feminist dance therapy to electrical engineering. #NationalOffendACollegeStudentDay”
     That was too much for some students. Nine student groups called her a “known fascist” and demanded the Federalist Society withdraw her invitation. Protesters interrupted her with songs and chants. Janet Steverson, the law school’s dean of diversity and inclusion, eventually asked Ms. Sommers to cut her remarks short and take student questions. So much for diversity of thought and inclusion.


       We will start with the Denver Post, which announced Thursday that, between April 9 and July 1, 30 jobs will be cut from its newsroom. That is a massive 30 percent cut of its current staff of 100 journalists.  Just 10 years ago according to the far-left Washington Post, the Denver Post employed 600 journalists. That is close to a 90 percent reduction in only a decade.
      On our cable dials, while Fox News and MSNBC are open about their respective biases and thrive, the far-left CNN is not only collapsing in the ratings but dealing with some massive layoffs of its own. Over the past few years, CNN, which continues its ludicrous pose as an objective news organization,  has been in a credibility death spiral, and that is finally starting to take a real tool on the anti-Trump cable channel
   Americans are tired of the media lying to them, misleading them, lecturing them… Today, there are plenty of alternative sources of news. No one needs to put up with what is called the MSM anymore.

Friday, March 16, 2018


    So, in the end, what we have is the country of Norway, credited with the greenest automotive fleet in the world financing its conversion to electric vehicles by shipping ever-increasing amounts of crude oil abroad, while China's government, credited with the most advanced electric vehicle development program is (partially) financing its research by building coal-fired electricity plants around the world. To borrow a quote from the immortal George Carlin — in his commentary on the American War Machine’s assertion that it was “fighting for peace” — building an electric vehicle market based on exporting greenhouse gases is a little like “screwing for virginity.”


   After Trudeau’s federal Liberals were elected in 2015, Notley envisioned a new path for Alberta’s domestic diplomacy, based on co-operation with the new prime minister.  That led to a tentative national climate deal, conditional on construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
     But now there’s a whiff of pipeline betrayal in the air. And the premier, who has so far aimed her pipeline strategy at B.C., is starting to swing her sights to Ottawa.  That’s where the attention belongs. It’s time the heat was turned up on the strangely docile prime minister. There’s a growing view that his pipeline support is fading.
  In the legislature Wednesday, Notley said that if the pipeline isn’t built, there’s no way Alberta will sign on to Ottawa’s plan to raise the carbon price to $50 by 2022.
    Let's see you wiggle your way out of this one Justin.


   An Ontario judge has rejected a Saskatchewan woman’s efforts to triple her spousal support two decades after her divorce, deciding instead to cut off her main source of income completely.
    Kevin Choquette, a retired bank analyst worth more than $14 million, applied to the court to end the $57,000 per year in spousal support he has been paying Yvonne Choquette for 22 years. In response, Yvonne Choquette requested that her support be tripled to $180,000 per year.
   In a decision published on March 1, Judge Kenneth Hood sided with Kevin Choquette, 62, explaining the reason he’s stripping Yvonne Choquette, 62, of what amounts to nearly 100 per cent of her income is because she’s made “no effort” to become self-sufficient.


    The real sticking point in most of Singh’s interviews, and most notably the one he did with Carol Off on CBC radio, was on the question of violence. Off repeatedly asked Singh if he would say yes or no as to whether or not he approved of violence in the furtherance of Sikh goals. Singh simply refused to answer. He kept returning to the phrase: “It’s complex.”
   On the Air India bombing, Mr. Singh had said since he became NDP Leader last October that he didn’t know who was responsible. A Canadian judicial commission concluded in 2010 that Mr. Parmar, who was never convicted and died in 1992, had orchestrated the bombing.
   Video has also surfaced of Mr. Singh at a controversial event in Brampton in March, 2011, two months before he was elected to the Ontario legislature. It was held to denounce then-federal Liberal cabinet minister Ujjal Dosanjh, an outspoken opponent of Sikh fanaticism.
   Like other speakers at the 2011 town hall, Mr. Singh said Mr. Dosanjh had slandered and “attacked the Sikh faith … attacked the Sikh community” with his criticism of extremism.


    FP: Together, the provinces representing half the Canadian population now are or soon might be arming for a carbon-tax war with Ottawa. That doesn’t even count Manitoba, which is still refusing to align its own less-burdensome carbon-tax plan with Ottawa’s pricing scheme. Or New Brunswick, whose plan is also at odds with federal requirements. Or Nova Scotia, whose cap-and-trade scheme doesn’t come close to meeting McKenna’s stipulations. (Newfoundland and P.E.I. haven’t revealed their plans yet.)
     So how many provinces exactly do Trudeau and McKenna think they can successfully fight? And if they thought trying to force wildly unpopular small-business taxes down peoples’ throats was a fiasco, wait till they see how ugly things get trying to force a carbon tax on hostile Canadians who loathe it even more than their premiers, who at least are tempted by the potential cash grab.
     Yet McKenna sounded positively blithe this week about the ease with which she plans to deploy her “backstop” weapon, in responding to a letter from Saskatchewan’s Environment Minister Dustin Duncan, who said the province could not accept her carbon tax. McKenna’s response: If Duncan’s government didn’t start taxing carbon at the minimum price she requires, “we would have no choice but to ensure that a price on pollution applies …. We would do so by applying the federal carbon pricing system in Saskatchewan.” It sounds so simple. Except the closer you examine her position, the weaker it seems.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


     MONTREAL — A woman found guilty of murdering her three daughters in a so-called honour killing was stripped of her permanent residency Thursday and ordered deported from the country.
     But the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s expulsion order for Tooba Yahya will be executed only when she is released from a Quebec prison, her lawyer, Stephane Handfield, said in an interview.
    Yahya, husband Mohammad Shafia and their son, Hamed, were each found guilty in 2012 on four counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
    The bodies of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Mohammad Shafia’s childless first wife in a polygamous marriage, were found in June 2009 in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ont.


    THE FRASER INSTITUTE:  Ontario’s Lost Decade: 2007-2016 finds that, despite upbeat government rhetoric, Ontario’s economic growth in 2017 was not enough to repair the damage done during the preceding decade when the province’s economic performance was among the worst in Canada. In fact, from 2007 to 2016 Ontario was at or near the bottom on several important economic indicators compared to Canada’s other provinces, including per capita GDP growth, debt accumulation and annual private-sector job growth.


     The private equity firm of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden inked a billion-dollar deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China just 10 days after the father and son flew to China in 2013.
     According to an exclusive New York Post excerpt from the book, Secret Empires: How the 
American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends
, the Biden billion-dollar China deal occurred as follows. In 2013, Hunter Biden was managing partner in the private equity firm Rosemont Seneca Partners. In December of that year, Vice President Biden and his son Hunter flew aboard Air Force Two to China. Ten days after the trip, a subsidiary of the Bank of China named Bohai Capital signed an exclusive deal with Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz’s Rosemont to form a $1 billion joint-investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST. The deal was later increased to $1.5 billion.
      “The Chinese government was literally funding a business that they co-owned along with the sons of two of America’s most powerful decision makers,” writes Schweizer in Secret Empires.


“Between Jagmeet’s $5,000 designer suits and Doug Ford’s jackets from Walmart, the choice is clear: I’d be more comfortable with the Etobicoke city councillor who has Ontario and Canada in mind than a guy molded in medieval religious symbols who was once ‘Jimmy Dhaliwal’ the lawyer, but then dropped both the last and first names he was known by,” Schezad added.


   NP:  A second video of Jagmeet Singh has surfaced showing the NDP leader speaking on a panel focused on Sikh sovereignty, alongside another speaker who appears to endorse violence in the quest for an independent Sikh state.
    The video has come to light as Singh condemns “all acts of terrorism” in the wake of a news report about his presence at a Sikh rally in 2015 that featured calls for an independent state.
    Last fall, days after he’d been elected leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh appeared on CBC’s Power & Politics for an interview with host Terry Milewski. At the end of the interview, Milewski repeatedly asked Singh to denounce the recent veneration of Talwinder Singh Parmar, architect of the 1985 Air India bombing, at some Sikh temples in Canada.


Justin from Canada discusses his confidence at defeating U.S. President Donald Trump over concessions in NAFTA. Essentially Sparkle Socks argument comes down to his view that women’s rights, climate change and globally progressive policies are more than enough to swat away the territorial annoyances of President Trump.


  Elizabeth Holmes, a Clinton donor who was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under former President Barack Obama, has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission after being charged with "massive fraud" on Wednesday.
  Obama invited Holmes to the White House back in 2015, where she was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. The Clintons have also embraced Holmes, including Bill Clinton, who had a lengthy discussion with her at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in 2015. Holmes talked about bringing "equality" to the health care sector.
    Holmes was also scheduled to host a $2,700-a-head fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in March 2016 at the Theranos Palo Alto, California headquarters, an event Chelsea Clinton was scheduled to attend.


  "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed's lawsuit against the city of Irving, Texas and its school department has been dismissed nearly two years after it was filed.
   Mohamed made national headlines in 2015 when the then-14-year-old brought a home-assembled clock to class at MacArthur High School in Irving. His teacher, believing the device to be a bomb, reported it to the school principal, who called the police.


Is the European Union good for Europe? Or would Europeans be better off without it? Nigel Farage, a leader of the United Kingdom's Brexit movement, shares his view.


     ALBERTA:   Dr. Hayhoe then charmed the audience with her folksy presentation telling us how her mother’s tulips were coming up in March instead of April and how this had never happened in all the time she was growing up in Ontario. This would normally be termed an anecdotal commentary, not scientific evidence, but this is the path the “Alberta Narrative” has taken.
      Marshall had shown a map of Canada made by Yale Climate Connection, indicating that Albertans were less inclined to ‘believe’ in climate change – and several graphs that indicated this was due to either being conservatives or Christian. Dr. Hayhoe later discussed how she often spoke to faith groups.
     Neither seemed to know that most of Alberta’s resistance to the idiotic Alberta Climate Plan is that there are over 70,000 Professional Engineers and Geosciences who are part of Alberta’s professional sector. Most of these science professionals are well aware of the climate modelling fiascos, the iffy data, and the torrid claims about climate change that are nothing compared to earth’s own ‘active planet.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


  Each year, in mid-December, the federal government releases its calculation for what each province is entitled to receive as equalization. This time, the numbers are especially important.
   They show how much Alberta’s recession lowered its ability to raise revenues. They show Ontario has graduated to “have” status, but (interestingly) will still receive equalization payments. They also set the stage for the upcoming Federal-Provincial-Territorial discussions over the soon-to-expire formula. And on top of all this, budget challenges in oil rich provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador put equalization payments front and centre in provincial political debates, where misleading claims are unfortunately all too common.


   Have you heard about the new standards for sexual assault that liberal feminists have created? It’s called “Yes means yes” and its uglier cousin is called “enthusiastic consent.” See, the idea isn’t just that a woman is willing if she doesn’t say “no” or even if she consents; the new feminist standard is that she must verbally consent enthusiastically… or it’s RAPE.
   This subject came up quite a bit when Aziz Ansari's now infamous bad date was revealed. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the short and sweet version of what the woman in question claims happened that night.
   Time to invest in sex doll futures......


   Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by
    Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.


   The U.K. Cut its Winter Gas Reserves – Just in Time for the “Big Freeze”
   Chief among those concerns are the profitability of North Sea production, and a decimation of renewable alternatives (for example, over a third of all jobs in U.K. solar have vanished).
The British end user, however, is going to feel the pinch in an additional way…
You see, in June 2017, utility giant Centrica plc announced plans to close the offshore Rough storage facility, which currently accounts for about 70% of all British natural gas storage capacity.
     Immediately, the news caused a spike in winter-month natural gas futures prices, as fears of a natural gas shortage come winter began to swarm.


British Prime Minister Theresa May: We will fundamentally degrade Russian intelligence capability.
We will urgently develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against all forms of hostile state activity.
This will include the addition of a targeted power to detain those suspected of hostile state activity at the UK border. This power is currently only permitted in relation to those suspected of terrorism.
    The death of yet another Russian ex-pat is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers, Scotland Yard has said.
   While officers are not naming him, he is believed to be businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was top of a list of "fugitives from justice"published by the Russian embassy which accused him of committing "severe financial offences".


   NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh took part in a separatist Sikh homeland rally in San Francisco in June of 2015 that venerated a violent Sikh religious leader who was killed in the Indian army assault on the Golden Temple in 1984.
   Mr. Singh, then an NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, was invited to speak at a “sovereignty rally” where speakers denounced India and called for an independent Sikh state known as Khalistan.
    Videos of the event posted on Facebook and YouTube show the stage on which Mr. Singh spoke featured a large poster of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the leader of an armed extremist group that occupied the Golden Temple. The militant religious leader was killed in a shootout with the Indian army after he had stockpiled weapons in the Golden Temple complex.
    Video also shows Mr. Singh, who left provincial politics after he won the federal NDP leadership in October of 2017, walking in the pro-sovereignty march behind a truck that displayed signs saying “India out of Sikh Homeland,” and “1984 Sikh Genocide Independence.” Parade participants carried the same messages on placards as well as others including “Sikhs Demand Independence.”


   Canada's privacy commissioner wants to know why Loblaws is demanding some customers hand over a copy of their driver's licence or hydro bill to get their $25 gift card.
   Loblaws' privacy policy for its gift card program states personal data provided could be shared with three separate companies working with the grocer: prepaid card suppliers Blackhawk Network Canada and Peoples Trust Company, as well as U.S.-based legal administrative service company JND Legal Administration.
    JND is the gift card "program administrator" that's sending the request to some customers to send in ID.
     The privacy policy also states that "personal information may be stored, accessed or used in a country outside of Canada," including in the U.S. and El Salvador, where privacy laws may differ.


     Canada's criminal justice system is facing a litany of serious challenges including significant under-reporting of crime by victims, delays and inefficiencies, rising costs, and considerable over-representation of Indigenous people in prison, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and law professor at the UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law Benjamin Perrin and Rick Audas, health statistics and economics professor at Memorial University, said today.
     The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released its second-edition Report Card on the Criminal Justice System, which brings these issues to light using quantitative data and a systematic approach to measuring the strengths and shortcomings of the criminal justice system in each province and territory. The report, co-authored by economist Richard Audus, enhances and updates MLI's popular initial Justice Report Card, first launched in 2016. The findings are striking.


   NP: On Feb. 1, the National Heritage Committee submitted the report called for by the passage of M-103 last winter.
    M-103 surprised its backers when it turned out not to be the slam dunk they thought it would be, given that its founding predecessor document, Petition e-411, which called for a “whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religion, including Islamophobia,” quietly slid as if along greased wheels to acceptance.
   Thus, the words “including Islamophobia” having passed under the public radar before M-103 was introduced, M-103 backers were caught off guard when the polemical sky lit up with full-throated debate around what the hell “Islamophobia” actually meant. If it was bigotry against Muslims, why wasn’t “anti-Muslim” good enough?


  Premier Rachel Notley’s crew won’t say it outright, but they’re worried that Ottawa could slide away from full support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
  This doesn’t have to be outright abandonment of federal power over interprovincial trade. It could simply mean the feds fail to push the B.C. government hard, or at all, and leave the fight entirely to Alberta until Kinder Morgan quietly folds up its tent.
     And before you know it, there’s a friendly environment for the Liberals on B.C.’s Lower Mainland during next year’s federal election.


   It’s an irresistible force meeting an immovable object; the federal government saying a carbon tax is coming and the Saskatchewan government remaining steadfast that a carbon tax will not come to the Prairie province.
   Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has sent a letter to Saskatchewan saying a carbon tax will be implemented in the province doesn’t get on board by September. That’s when Ottawa will be evaluating all provincial and territorial plans.
   Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said that if Ottawa imposes the tax, the two governments will meet in court.


   Self-inflicted wounds are avoidable and may indicate Mr. Trudeau is getting bad advice, or that his advisers are afraid to offer honest feedback or the prime minister is unwilling to listen, say strategists.
    Led by Trudeau confidants principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford, his team is “the smartest communications and political strategy team in the country,” according to Mr. Veroni, which leaves him with questions following the disastrous showing in India last month.
    “I’m just wondering why such a smart communications team is not able to give sound advice to their leader,” he said.


      As the world waits in suspense for the West's retaliation against Putin's mini-WMDattack, many are asking why the Russian leader has engaged in this dangerous provocation.
     The Russian crisis has its roots in the Kremlin's dangerous reliance on oil, crime and nuclear weapons as the cornerstones of its power. By trying to maintain Russia as a superpower on this unstable three-legged stool, Putin has set up a destructive resonance from which it is proving difficult to escape.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Blatchford, NP:   Almost nine years ago, he dared to walk along Argyle Street in the town of Caledonia, Ont., carrying a Canadian flag on a pole towards a peaceful so-called “flag rally”.
For this impudence, he was wrestled to the ground by a half-dozen Ontario Provincial Police officers, permanently injured and charged with obstructing police (though officers told him he was being arrested to “prevent a breach of the peace”, a loathsome preventative detention offence).
    During the three long years of the violent occupation of Douglas Creek Estates (DCE), a subdivision then under construction, by Six Nations protesters, the police mostly busied themselves arresting non-native protesters, such as Fleming and activist Gary McHale – anyone whose presence, however peaceful, might enrage the native occupiers and thus spur them unto violence
   All the while, of course, in the back rooms, government bureaucrats, negotiators and handmaidens – the latter including the OPP Commissioner at the time, Julian Fantino — all but urinated themselves as they sought to placate the occupiers and their allies.


   A long-awaited DNA bank for missing persons is operational after years of delays and is now collecting samples with the goal of identifying human remains, victims, and repeat but unidentified criminals across the country.
   Relatives, as well as police, coroners and medical examiners, will now be able to submit DNA samples either from themselves, from human remains or from personal effects of a victim or missing person in order to try and identify them.
    Voluntary submissions to a new victim-profiling database could also help police link cases and identify serial offenders.


   REGINA — Canada’s environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn’t sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.
   Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said as recently as Friday that the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.


   This morning, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians arrived in Canada for their 5-day State Visit. Their Majesties are in Canada at the invitation of Julie Payette, the Governor General, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada. The State visit will bring Their Majesties to Ottawa, Toronto and Montréal.
    Most of the day went smoothly, but all most can talk about is the inexcusable mix up of placing German flags instead of Belgian ones. It started with the German flag that covered the tree which King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola planted. Then the Governor General spoke to their Majesties in German (instead of Dutch) and French.
     Trudeau has no plans to meet with the Belgian royal couple, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, or their delegation of 150 business leaders, academics and political leaders, who arrived Sunday.
The prime minister this week is touring steel and aluminum facilities in Quebec and Ontario communities to voice opposition to potential American tariffs on those industries.


   While it has been accused in the past of pandering to various political organizations, the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends Survey nonetheless reflects the mood of America's main street corporations. And according to the March release of the NFIB index, small business owners are showing "unprecedented confidence" in the economy as the optimism index continues at record high numbers, rising 0.7 points in February to 107.6 and above the 107.1 expected, the second highest level in its 45-year history, second only to the 108.0 reading in 1983.
     “When small business owners have confidence and certainty in the economy, they’re able to hire more workers and invest in their businesses,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “The historically high readings indicate that policy changes – lower taxes and fewer regulations – are transformative for small businesses. After years of standing on the sidelines and not benefiting from the so-called recovery, Main Street is on fire again.”


    Taking a break from her girls' trip to India with top aide Huma Abedin and an unknown blonde woman, Hillary Clinton told a Mumbai audience that Americans don't "deserve" Donald Trump as President, and that Trump voters hate black people, women, and Indian Americans.
   Hillary then called Trump voters racists and misogynists:
    ...I won the places that represent 2/3 of America's gross domestic product. So I won the areas that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign "Make America Great Again," was looking backwards.
You know, you didn't like black people getting rights, you don't like women, you know, getting jobs, you don't wanna see that Indian American succeeding more than you are.


      LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday it was“highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the poisoning in England of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter using a military-grade nerve agent.
       May said the latest poisoning took place“against a backdrop of a well-established pattern of Russian state aggression” and that Britain was ready to take“much more extensive measures” against Russia than in the past.
     Russia’s ambassador to London has been summoned to explain to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson how the nerve agent came to have been used.


    TORONTO SUN: Canadians’ collective household debt has climbed to $1.8 trillion as an international financial group sounds an early warning that the country’s banking system is at risk from rising debt levels.
      Equifax Canada says consumers now owe $1.821 trillion including mortgages as of the fourth-quarter of 2017, marking a 6% increase from a year earlier.
      The fresh numbers come as an international financial group owned by the world’s central banks says Canada’s credit-to-gross-domestic-product and debt-service ratios show early warning signs of potential risk to the banking system in the coming years.


    It will be at least a few more weeks before a New Hampshire state committee decides whether it will reconsider its decision to block a transmission line that would carry billions of dollars worth of Quebec electricity through the state.
    On Feb. 1, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted unanimously to deny approval of the Northern Pass, a 309-kilometre transmission line that would have connected electricity grids in Quebec and Massachusetts.
    Eversource, which would have built and operated the transmission line, appealed that decision.
In January, Massachusetts selected Northern Pass for a 20-year contract to supply energy to the state, a deal that could be worth up to $10 billion for Hydro-Québec.

Monday, March 12, 2018


    The House Intelligence Committee has found there was no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russians, according to a one-page summary of its findings released on Monday.
    The draft report, written by the committee’s majority, will be provided to Democrats on the committee Tuesday for review and comment. It will then be submitted for a declassification review and be made public.
    “The report’s completion will signify the closure of one chapter in the Committee’s robust oversight of the threat posed by Moscow — which began well before the investigation and will continue thereafter,” said the summary.


   Apocalyptic scenarios attributed to global warming are simply false and the human race will be able to accommodate whatever “climate change” throws at us, claims a remarkably sober new essay in Scientific American.
   The essay, penned by John Horgan, the director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, analyzes two recent reports by “ecomodernists” who reject climate panic and frame the question of climate change and humanity’s ability to cope with it in radically new terms.
  One of the reports, a work called “Enlightened Environmentalism” by Harvard iconoclast Steven Pinker, urges people to regain some much-needed perspective on climate, especially in the context of the overwhelming material benefits of industrialization.


   While land ownership is under provincial jurisdiction in Canada, the federal government does have a role in assuring farmland remains attainable and affordable for Canadian farmers, says the Senate agriculture committee.
   In a report entitled Growing Concern, How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers, the committee called for cooperation between the federal and provincial governments “to facilitate land-use planning and to better protect farmland for agricultural uses.”
   While the provinces could do a better job ensuring farmland remains in production, the federal government should work at strengthening the financial capacity of farmers including the next generation, the report said.


   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s angry response to a rural MP’s concerns raised at a recent national caucus meeting on the Hill over the government’s upcoming gun legislation did not go over well with some Liberal MPs who say it will have a “chilling” effect on their ability to speak candidly at the closed-door meetings.
  According to Liberal MPs and insiders, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) verbally “attacked” rookie Liberal MP T.J. Harvey (Tobique-Mactaquac, N.B.), chair of the Liberal rural caucus, during the Feb. 28 national caucus meeting on Parliament Hill. Mr. Harvey stood up to say that there was a “lack” of meaningful consultation with the caucus over the government’s upcoming gun control legislation.
   “Justin was much too vitriolic and attacked him,” one Liberal MP, referring to Mr. Harvey, told The Hill Times, who spoke on condition of anonymity since the closed-door caucus meetings are confidential. “We’re also supposed to have the right to voice our opinion.”


   Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is urging environmental activists to address the “gendered impacts” of climate change, especially its effects on women and girls.
    In a recent post on Twitter, Catherine McKenna, the 47-year-old Trudeau appointee from Canada’s Liberal Party, called on followers to “consider the gendered impacts of climate change on women, girls and children” while praising Canada’s leadership in training “women negotiators” in the fight against manmade global warming.
  Apparently, at least in the minister’s mind, the weather is now waging its own “war on women.”


   I've written about the overreach of the federal judiciary in this space often, so it's great to finally see the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, doing something about it. At this point, it's just a lawsuit, but at least it's a warning shot over the heads not only of rogue judges but of rogue states like California who seem hell-bent on forcing a constitutional crisis.
   Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday slammed “activist judges,” whom he accused of overreaching and paralyzing the government by shutting down Trump-era policies they object to via nationwide injunctions. At a Federalist Society event at Georgetown University, Sessions blasted judges who have shut down controversial Trump-era policies such as denying funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” and repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
    “The court is not superior; the court does not get to have the final word in every dispute, give me a break,” he said.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested to NBC News’ Megyn Kelly last week that Jews might have been to blame for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the United States.
   Putin made the remark, as quoted by the UK Daily Mail, in an interview with Kelly. After saying that he “couldn’t care less” about the claims of Russian interference, Putin suggested that someone pretending to be Russian could have been responsible: “Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked.”


   Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she knew who she was when host Chuck Todd when pressed her on her claims of a Native-American heritage.
   When asked about taking a DNA test, Warren said, “Look, I do know. I know who I am and never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere.”


   Tariffs, “like all protection from competition, are great for the protected business and its workers, at least for a while.” According to Cochrane, such protection comes “at the expense of consumers, and the damage is worse than the gain. What is good for an individual business is not good, scaled up, for the economy as a whole.”
    For Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute fellow and Washington Post columnist, Trump’s tariffs “undermine his ability to deliver on many other important promises he made in the 2016 campaign.” The measures will create “incentives for manufacturers to move across the border to Canada in order to avoid the tariffs.”
    As Thiessen sees it, the tariffs will “drive up the cost of virtually every infrastructure project,” and harm the effort to achieve energy independence. Higher steel and aluminum prices “will increase the cost of new ships, planes and other military hardware — which means we can afford to procure fewer of them, harming our national security.” Such arguments did not deter the president from imposing the tariffs, but he does allow some flexibility.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


     587 long-form census forms filled out by First Nations residents were stored in the trunk of an employee's vehicle that was stolen when he took a weekend trip to Montreal. The incident report does not specify the enumeration district.
     An enumerator leaving a bag on a Toronto subway with grid card access, training manuals and forms with addresses and other personal information. It was never recovered.
    A StatsCan employee losing 16 pages of an assignment list, blown away by a gust of wind in Crossfield, Alta. It included names, addresses and phone numbers but no other identifying information.


   VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted Trans Mountain an interim injunction aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby.
   Kyle Friesen, a lawyer representing the RCMP, said the force doesn't want to squelch anyone's right to protest, but a restricted area is needed to create a barrier so gatherings are peaceful, lawful and safe, especially if trees are falling to clear land for construction.
   Calgary-based Trans Mountain said in the notice of claim that protesters have obstructed roads it requires to access the Westridge Marine Terminal in order to build a new dock complex with three berths.


  The PC Party of Ontario has chosen Doug Ford to lead them into the next election — a rather fitting end to a tumultuous few weeks.
   After a long day of drama, what should have been a straightforward reading of the results turned out to be yet another twist on the road to take the helm of the PC Party.
   And once again, a Ford has confounded his critics, political opponents, the media and even many of those in his own party.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


    Irony abounds in the struggle taking pace on the Southside of Chicago, where Barack Obama first cut his teeth as an Alinskyite community organizer. His desire to have a monument to himself in the form of the "Obama Presidential Center" (not a library, and not part of the National Archives System) is roiling community organizations who are not convinced that their park should be sacrificed to build a large shrine to the 44th president.
    When plans for the privately financed and privately controlled center were announced, evidently, it was presumed that the grateful citizens of Chicago would be thrilled to offer their city-owned park land in tribute. But the community organizers were not so sure that reducing the amount of park space is in their interest. In fact, Friends of the Parks, a well established civic organization that had previously prevented appropriation of park land by a museum to honor filmmaker George Lucas, expressed its concerns, as did other groups representing neighborhood residents.


   Toronto Sun: For 28 years, this former Iraqi spy has gamed our refugee system.
    Hussein Ali Sumaida is a self-admitted double agent who’s spied for both the Iraqi secret police as well as Israel’s Mossad and once informed on 30 members of a group opposed to Saddam Hussein. Turned down as a refugee claimant here because he was found to have committed crimes against humanity, he was finally deported to Tunisia in 2005.
  A year later, he sneaked back into Canada using a forged passport. And still he is here. The question is why?


American Thinker: Decades ago, we allowed leftists to infiltrate public education, transforming our kids into their operatives. Consequently, black Millennials who have never suffered an ounce of racism believe that racial loyalty requires them to riot in the streets demanding racial justice. Leftists have our kids hating and fighting a war with a nonexistent enemy.
  If a black awakens on a sunny morning, grateful to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet, viewing the world as his oyster, knowing that between him and God, they can achieve great things – leftists will call that black an Uncle Tom traitor to his race. Leftists have decreed that we black Americans must view ourselves as victims in this evil, eternally racist country.


  Toronto Sun:  The Ontario Liberal government appointed six education advisors last fall to review “large-scale assessments administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO”) but they have not yet publicly reported their findings.
  However, the government apparently has no plans to undermine accountability measures (standardized testing) in place for the past 22 years, according to education minister Indira Naidoo-Harris’ office. 
   Why would they?
   Surely not to appease teachers, who have bitterly opposed standardized testing for years and continue to press for scaled down, teacher-focused measurement, during an election campaign where 81% of Ontario residents want the Liberals out of office?