Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mid-Week Post





Your mid-week spot of joy ...




Justin does everything in his power to prove that he is an arrogant prick with all the gravity of a cotton-ball:


After Scheer demands Trudeau apologize for his statementthat refused to condemn Hamas, Trudeau says Conservatives are “politicizing” support for Israel.


Would this be the same Israel that found itself without the Canadian support it enjoyed under Harper's government? The same Israel that routinely finds itself under siege from Hamas? That Israel?


Also - there is nothing genuine about the Liberals other than their craven lust for money and power:

The source of that inauthenticity is not that the apologizers do not mean it. Rather, it comes from the pose the government takes by apologizing for things the current office holders did not do, with the presumption that these injustices are no longer happening. The message seems to be that the time has come to at least forgive the long dead offenders, if not forget their crimes and the lingering effects. Harper, for example, called the Chinese head tax “a product of a profoundly different time.”

“It’s a little bit problematic because if we’re thinking about asking for authentic or genuine gestures of forgiveness, then we need to think about how to relate these apologies so that they speak to the people who are essentially giving forgiveness,” Wong said. “But in the reproduction of this phraseology of “this has been a dark chapter in Canadian history,” it kind of reads to me that they’re a regurgitation, or at least a reproduction process that puts all of these historical injustices in the same realm of recognition or acknowledgment, which is that they are things that happened in the past, there is no contemporary or current present continuation of these injustices.”

Au contraire.

As citizens of Chinese extraction are no longer paying head taxes but are, in fact, encouraged to purchase property, claiming that the wrong is an ongoing thing is disingenuous, politically and morally. One apologises for a past wrong.

Should these apologies be made? What is the time limit or breadth of regret?

Well, one cannot keep apologising and making financial recompense to grand-children of past victims. At that point, it is no longer an expression of sincere regret and compensation where possible but a form of social bribery made under threat of disgust or revolt. Those reasons are enough for any politician to make imaginary amends.
 
Currying temporary favour with X tribe identity group may buy a few votes but it is rather like feeding an insatiable crocodile who pops by each year asking for bribes.

Greedy, is my point.

Furthermore, if Justin was truly remorseful, he would admit that he is a fascist douchebag and resign as prime minister of the country.





Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy to Myanmar, called on the government last month to set aside $600 million over the next four years to help the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims affected by the violence.

Freeland and Bibeau, however, announced during a news conference that Canada would contribute $300 million over the next three years, which will go towards emergency assistance as well as education and reproductive health programs.

(Sidebar: just change the wording for the last bit. Euphemisms and code-changes are great for momentarily hiding the fact that mum and dad can't get their acts together and are fighting for custody and that the Canadian taxpayer must pay for abortion, the new birth control.)
 


 
Knowing damn well that they can't get away with handing China everything,  Justin's government (read: band of thieves and cronies) blocks China's bid to take over Aecon:

The federal government has rejected the $1.5-billion sale of Aecon Group Inc. to a state-backed Chinese buyer, effectively bowing to fierce opposition to the deal as Canada navigates sensitive trade talks with the U.S.

In a brief statement seen by the National Post Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said Ottawa would block the deal for security reasons, adding that Canada is “open to international investment that creates jobs and increases prosperity, but not at the expense of national security.”

Aecon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The decision comes after months of intense opposition to the transaction by Members of Parliament, business groups and domestic construction companies, who argued the deal could give China access to sensitive Canadian IP, and would make local firms less competitive in future project bids. Aecon has contracts to carry out refurbishment and maintenance work on various nuclear facilities, as well as build and maintain several telecommunications lines.

The financial holding division of China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. (CCCC) proposed to buy the Canadian construction firm last year. The Chinese state-owned enterprise is 64 per cent owned by the Chinese government.

China observers have said that state-owned enterprises effectively operate as an arm of the Chinese government, exposing Canada to potential risks if given access to sensitive assets.



No, Toronto, you can own this. It's all yours:

The city has activated a contingency plan to open up at least 800 more shelter beds to accommodate growing numbers of asylum seekers from the U.S., Toronto’s office of emergency management said Wednesday.

Beginning Thursday, the city will begin temporarily housing refugee claimants in 400 beds at Centennial College’s residence and conference centre in Scarborough. As of June 1, 400 additional beds at Humber College’s Etobicoke campus will also be made available.

The 800 beds will only be open until early August and comes at a cost of $6.3 million.

“We have 2,700 refugees in our shelter system, we’ve exhausted our capacity and our resources,” said Paul Raftis, general manager of shelter, support and housing administration at a press conference.

“Over the last month, we’ve seen on average, 10 people a day come in to the shelter system, so over 350 new people in last month and we expect that to continue going forward. Our concern is: if it continues at that rate, or speeds up, there will be nowhere to put individuals and they will end up on the street.”



Oh, this doesn't look good:

A second Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate accused of having used stolen customer lists from a private toll highway said Wednesday he never received the 407 data, and would have no need for it anyway.

Harjit Jaswal also denied working with a controversial political organizer, prompting that man to produce a written agreement contradicting him.

In an exclusive interview set up by party officials, Jaswal said he recruited members to support his bid for the PC nomination in Brampton Centre by old-fashioned door-knocking and networking, not employing an outside database.

He also denied playing any part in a smear campaign against one of his rivals for the nomination using a leaked police arrest report.



Trump was elected to support American interests. He is doing that. Justin landed his father's former job. He doesn't care about Canadian interests, even when it comes back to bite him:

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to impose new tariffs on imported vehicles, invoking a national security law used to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel, an administration official and three industry officials briefed on the matter said.

Another administration official said the move was aimed partly at pressuring Canada and Mexico to make concessions in talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement that have languished in part over auto provisions, as well as pressuring Japan and the European Union, which also export large numbers of vehicles to the United States.



Kim's smoke and mirrors closure of a collapsed nuclear test site still does not change his regime's true intentions:

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un’s planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Expect good imagery, but not much else.

The public display of the closure of the facility on Mount Mantap will likely be heavy on spectacle and light on substance. And the media will be spending much of their time in an unrelated tourism zone that North Korea hopes will be the next big thing for its economy if Kim’s diplomatic overtures pay off in the months ahead.

Who needs a regime change when one can smooth over the war talk and open a third-rate resort for wealthy Chinese?


Also - returned North Korean spies who ventured into South Korea to undermine its government and kidnap its citizens will only live their lives in poverty and obscurity if they are lucky:

He's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Now, 89 years old and bedridden with illness, former North Korean spy Seo Ok-yeol just wants to go home.

"People have a need to die in a place where they are respected," Seo said, though he worries it could be too late to finally be reunited with the wife and children he left behind.

Seo is among 19 Cold War-era North Korean spies and guerrillas who have served their time in South Korean prisons and are pushing to return to the North. Though they are officially free now, Seoul has refused to let them return as it seeks commitments from Pyongyang for the return of hundreds of South Koreans thought held there.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For a Tuesday

A post-Victoria Day entry ...



Forget it, Donald:

President Donald Trump expressed confidence Tuesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is “serious” about negotiating over denuclearization, but he acknowledged a “substantial chance” that a summit planned for June 12 in Singapore could fall through.

“We’re moving along. We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House, after welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a meeting. “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later.”

Later Trump said: “It may not work out for June 12.”

The uncertainty comes after recent hard line rhetoric from Pyongyang, which has alarmed Trump administration officials and complicated the summit planning. A high-ranking Kim aide last week blasted national security adviser John Bolton, who had suggested the North Koreans would be expected to fully relinquish their nuclear weapons program before receiving reciprocal benefits from the United States.

In the past, any time North Korea appeared conciliatory and co-operative, it was to lift sanctions. This time is not vastly different. Because Trump had ratcheted up the pressure on both China and North Korea, the predictable outcome - the one where Kim would walk away from peace talks and resume its previous behaviour - only took longer to unfold.

Case in point:

The North at the same time demands that the U.S. lower the bar for denuclearization and accuses it of provoking hostilities with joint aerial exercises with South Korea.

On Saturday, the North demanded that South Korea return a group of restaurant workers who defected from China in 2016 in an operation Pyongyang has denounced as an "abduction." North Korea has been demanding their return since 2016, but the demand has recently been fueled by a tendentious program on a cable channel here which gave the false impression that the women want to go home. 

(Sidebar: for the story of these defectors, please see here.)

The North Korean Red Cross, which is unconnected to the international organization, warned in a statement, "How the mass abduction is handled will have a major impact on determining the outlook of humanitarian issues between the North and South." It was a thinly veiled threat to call off reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, which Pyongyang had previously agreed to without preconditions. 

A day earlier the North also rejected a roster of South Korean reporters who were to cover the dismantling event in Punggye-ri.

These reporters:

North Korea declined to accept the list of South Korean journalists chosen to cover the dismantling of its nuclear test site Tuesday, making it technically hard for the South Korean media to join the event scheduled for this week.

"We tried to convey the list through the Panmunjom communication channel at 9 a.m. today, but the North declined to accept it," a unification ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

As the North declined to accept the list, South Korean media is highly likely to be excluded from covering the event that the North is planning to hold this week. 

"It appears to be technically difficult (for the South Korean reporters) to make a trip to the North today," a government official said. "It is regrettable."

(Sidebar: regrettable, my @$$!)


One may be quick to blame Trump for this debacle but he only shares part of the blame, chiefly for not realising what liars Kim and China are. If anything, both China and Kim Jong-Un were simply doing what they've always done and let one not forget Moon Jae-In's well-rehearsed "optimism".
 
 
US President Donald Trump says that Kim Jong Un’s safety will be guaranteed if a deal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula takes place.
 
Kim Jong-Un murders his own people. He should be safe from nothing.




Duterte is now concerned that China is taking liberties in Filipino waters:

The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

China's air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

"But we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region," Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

That's not what you said before, Rodrigo! :

In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry cited Xi as telling Duterte their emotional foundation of friendly good neighbourliness was unchanged, and difficult topics of discussion "could be shelved temporarily".

Duterte called the meeting "historic", it added. ...

China, he said earlier, was "good". "It has never invaded a piece of my country all these generations."

It will soon. 



China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world’s second-largest economy short of workers.



Not sending a new ambassador to Venezuela is as effective in combating tyranny as funding Hamas is in ceasing the violence in Gaza:

The Canadian government took steps Monday to apply further pressure on Venezuela by announcing it won't seek to replace its ambassador in Caracas following a presidential election that has attracted widespread international condemnation.

On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called Sunday's elections, which will keep President Nicolas Maduro in power, "illegitimate and anti-democratic."

Freeland said that in response, Canada would "downgrade" its diplomatic ties with the South American country, effective immediately. 

(Sidebar: well, that will teach Maduro!)


But it's never about doing the morally upright thing.




Whither the love? :


According to a survey by Forum Research, Justin Trudeau’s net approval rating has fallen to -21, with a clear majority of Canadians disapproving of him.

Here are the key numbers:

35% approve of Trudeau, 56% disapprove, 9% say they don’t know.

By contrast, Andrew Scheer has a much better net approval rating. 31% approve of Scheer, while 34% disapprove, giving him a net rating of -3.

Jagmeet Singh has the approval of 27% of Canadians, while 35% disapprove of him.
 
If there is even one person approving of Justin's job performance, one can conclude that either the poll is false or the person is stupid.


Also:

Francis Drouin, who represents the eastern Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, said in a statement Tuesday that Halifax police have determined the matter is closed.

“I am pleased it has been resolved based on the facts. I have no further comment,” Drouin said in the statement.

Last month, police confirmed they were investigating a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted at the Halifax Alehouse on April 21, but did not specifically name Drouin.

Police said Tuesday that the matter was investigated by its sexual assault unit and no charges were laid.



Frustrated by the act of talking, Justin shuts down debate:

Both the Conservatives and NDP are ripping the Trudeau government for planning to use time-allocation to shut down debate on Bill C-76, legislation that makes big changes to elections in Canada.
According to the Globe & Mail, “The government has given notice of a process called time allocation and it could invoke the procedure as soon as Tuesday, when MPs return to Ottawa. The motion would set a time limit for second reading of the bill in the House of Commons, forcing a vote to send the bill to committee for further study.”
The report notes that the Opposition critic on the elections file – Conservative MP Blake Richards – says the time allocation move means that there will be just “a couple of hours of debate on this,” which is almost no time at all to review a bill that will have a huge impact on the legitimacy (or lack thereof), of the next election.
Bill C-76 fails to close the loopholes that let foreign organizations interfere in our elections, while expanding the amount of money third-party groups (like the kind that usually benefit the Liberals) can spend.

Meanwhile, the legislation limits how much can be spent by actual political parties, which will disproportionately damage the Conservatives, who have been the most successful at raising money from grassroots Canadians.

Once again, the most "transparent" government in the country's history is stacking the deck in its favour.




British Columbia attempts to sue Alberta for stopping the flow of oil west:

The British Columbia government has launched a lawsuit and is prepared to ask for an injunction and damages against Alberta over that province's recently passed fuel restriction law.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby says the government filed a statement of claim in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench challenging the constitutionality of Alberta's Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act.

The legal action says Alberta's law is unconstitutional because it is intended to punish B.C. by limiting exports of fuel products.

The court action comes amid increasing tension over B.C.'s opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project from Alberta to the West Coast.

Also:

When they announced their widely-criticized pipeline ‘plan,’ the Trudeau government claimed that if Kinder Morgan decided not to go forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the government would find someone else willing to take it over.

But now, those inside the energy industry are sharing serious doubts about whether that is really the case.

As noted by Reuters, “The Canadian government’s optimism that outside investors would be interested in taking over the Kinder Morgan Canada Trans Mountain oil pipeline project if the company pulls out might be misplaced, said energy industry sources and analysts.”



God help us all:

According to a new Ipsos poll, 37% of Ontario voters say they will vote NDP, while 36% say they’ll vote PC.

The Liberals are at 23%.

This:

The narrowing gap further reduces the differences between the two left-wing parties. Essentially, Horwath’s case is that she has all the same spending impulses as Wynne, but isn’t as disliked or tainted by the past. If her budget consists of fairy dust and rosy projections — the possibility of recession never enters the picture — so have recent federal projections and 15 years of Ontario Liberals. People are used to it.

They may not grow concerned until it’s far too late. That works to Horwath’s advantage. Just as it worked for Wynne’s until recently.

I ask all the candidates: where are you going to get the money for all of your whacky promises?




What? No-fault divorce wasn't injurious enough to children? :

Bill C-78, which was tabled Tuesday in the House of Commons, also takes steps to address family violence and child poverty. It's the first major revamp of divorce law in more than 20 years.

The bill adopts neutral terminology, dropping terms like "custody" and "access" in favour of "parenting orders" and "parenting time." The changes aim to put an end to the adversarial win-or-lose approach to legal decisions on parenting arrangements, according to background material from the Department of Justice.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Post

Just terrible:

Former Texas student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is being held on a capital murder charge after he  fatally shot ten and wounded ten others at a Texas high school, the deadliest shooting since the Parkland massacre. 

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset says in a statement that the student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is being held without bond in the Galveston County jail.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools.”

Explosive devices had also been found, including a molotov cocktail in the suspected shooter’s home and a vehicle around the school and nearby, he adds. 

The governor says the suspect said he originally intended to commit suicide but gave himself up and told authorities that he didn’t have the courage to take his own life.



China denies that President Xi, who invited Kim Jong-Un to China before the summit began, had a hand in the summit's imminent dissolution:

China dismissed U.S. President Trump's assertion Friday that President Xi Jinping might be behind North Korea's sudden shift to a recalcitrant attitude.

Following a weeks-long peace offensive, the North has changed its tack. It called off scheduled high-level talks with South Korea earlier this week and threatened to reconsider the plan to hold summit talks with the U.S. in Singapore next month.

Pyongyang cited the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint air combat drills and denuclearization-related comments, especially by Trump's national security advisor John Bolton.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said Xi "could be influencing" the North's leader, Kim Jong-un.

Xi and Kim have met twice recently, a show of improved ties between the communist allies that share a border.

The U.S. has long stressed the importance of China's role in coaxing Pyongyang into changing its course.



But ... but ... we're doing so well!:

The Canadian dollar sank versus the greenback Friday on the back of weak economic data and after trade negotiators missed House Speaker Paul Ryan's deadline for a new NAFTA deal. 

The loonie was down 0.84% to 1.2910 per US dollar at 10:07 a.m. ET.

The country's retail sales jumped the most in five months in March, Statistics Canada data showed Friday, but the rise was driven by auto sales. Without the auto sector, retail sales actually dropped 0.2%.

On top of that, inflation numbers were mostly below or in-line with estimates. Prices rose at a 2.2% year-over-year clip, missing the 2.3% print that economists had predicted. While still above the Bank of Canada's target rate of 2%, the lower-than-anticipated rate raised expectations the central bank will hold rates steady this month. 

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According to BNN Bloomberg, Dan McTeague from GasBuddy.com “expects gas price increases to continue for 2018, and that consumers could take a hit of $500 to $1,000 per year.”

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Motorists in many parts of Canada are expected to see rising gasoline prices as they fire up their vehicles for road adventures on the Victoria Day long weekend.

But fuel market analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says price direction will vary across the nation over the next few days, with prices actually expected to fall from recent peaks in Alberta and Quebec.

He says prices for regular gasoline in Toronto, Ottawa and most of the rest of Ontario are expected to rise by one cent per litre on Friday and another cent on Saturday, reaching an average of 140.9 cents per litre, the highest since June 29, 2014.

He says gas prices in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador went up Thursday by more than two cents, Vancouver prices are expected to rise by a cent or two, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which had the cheapest gas prices in the country, are expected to see price increases of five to seven cents.

Quebec prices of about $1.48 per litre are expected to fall by as much as 10 cents over the weekend and Alberta prices of around $1.35 are to slump by about four cents due to local retail market pressures.

McTeague says Canadian gas stations follow prices set in the much larger fuel markets in the United States but are inflated by the current low value of the Canadian dollar compared to the American greenback.

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We can’t live with this kind of uncertainty in Canada. We can’t build a major infrastructure project in Canada for what should be our prime asset. We are an energy producing country – we should recognize that fact and pull together as a nation and get it happening … It makes no sense whatsoever if the federal government cannot impose its will and legislate in every way to have an interprovincial pipeline built in the country. We simply have to get our act together on these matters because we’re becoming a laughing stock in the world.”

(Sidebar: but someone will make a clean sweep after the Kinder Morgan debacle.) 

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During a recent meeting of the standing committee on finance, Conservative Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre asked Bill Morneau how much the carbon tax would cost Canadian families.

He asked if it would cost families over $500.

He asked it if would cost families over $1000.
He asked if it would cost families over $2000.

And every time, Morneau refused to answer.

At one point, Morneau even made the amazingly arrogant comment that asking how much the carbon tax will cost families is “the wrong question.”



Ethics commissioner launches an inquiry in Raj Grewal:

The federal ethics watchdog is opening a formal investigation into Liberal MP Raj Grewal after he invited an employer to attend receptions in India during the prime minister’s trip in February.

“I have determined that an inquiry under the (Conflict of Interest) Code is warranted,” Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said in a “confidential” letter to NDP MP Charlie Angus on Thursday, obtained by the National Post. “I am commencing an inquiry and have so informed Mr. Grewal. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention.” 

Angus made a formal complaint to Dion at the end of March, after it came to light that Grewal’s office had invited his current employer, to whom he provides “legal services,” to receptions in India attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, members of cabinet and senior government officials. The business relationship itself began after Grewal became an MP, and was disclosed with the ethics commissioner at the time.

This Raj Grewal:

One eyewitness says greeting the party-crashers, was Brampton, Ont., MP Raj Grewal and at least one of his assistants.

The eyewitness, who was near the front of the line and knows Grewal by sight, said the MP was arguing with an RCMP officer, who grew visibly upset as Grewal apparently insisted the men be let in.



There has been a great ruffling of feathers over Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney's frank and undeniable remarks about Justin and the depth of his intellect:

“I worked with dozens of MPs in Ottawa, including (opposition) critics who were thoughtful, intelligent, engaged people with whom I had a constructive relationship. He wasn’t one of them,” Kenney said Wednesday.

“(Trudeau) is a person that I worked with as a minister for three years who I got to know quite well as somebody who has difficulty with complex files, and I think (Trans Mountain) is a very complex issue.” ...

“I know Justin. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. This guy is an empty trust-fund millionaire who has the political depth of a finger bowl,” he is quoted as saying.

“He can’t read a briefing note longer than a cocktail napkin, OK.”



So far, Kenney has been unapologetic in his insistence that Justin is wholly unserious and one hopes his stance remains unchanged not only because an ostensibly democratic nation should support the right to express praise or criticism of its elected officials but because Kenney's remarks are evident to anyone who has heard Justin speak.

One could go on and on about the lack of Justin's professional and political experience, the wealth he inherited, the many, many, many gaffes, his vanity (hat tip), his cowardly unwillingness to respond to his critics, his underhanded ways of hiding the truth from the public that pays for his socks and the meals he gets sent to his house, how he referred to another MP as a "piece of sh--", how he elbowed a female MP in the chest after telling someone else to "get the f---" out of his way, his insulting attitude toward former NDP leader, Tom Mulcair, his complete disdain for the province of Alberta, how he rudely answered an English language question in French, the crappy way he treated Yazidis, Iraqi Christians, veterans, pro-lifers, the Indian government, everyone else, his sympathies for regimes and terrorist groups, and his loss of cool when confronted on thorny topics.

It is not simply a mark of character but something learned. His father was also a contemptuous @$$hole.

Justin can pretend to take the high road all he wants but he really isn't fooling anyone anymore.




When will Canadians be bothered by the multi-tiered immigration process that allows people to enter the country illegally without penalty while others must follow the law? When lines at the airports become too long? :

This summer the government is planning to transfer border and customs agents from the Toronto area to Quebec processing facilities. The government expects as many as 400 people will cross illegally into Canada per day once the weather warms up.

Because of the reduced staffing count at places such as Pearson International Airport – the busiest airport in Canada – travelers could easily find themselves sitting on the tarmac waiting for customs backlogs to clear.

According to a memo obtained by The Globe & Mail, Air Canada is preparing announcements to be read over the public address system that explain they’re being instructed to wait on the tarmac. One pilot told the paper that the waits could be an hour or more.


Also - no, John, you can own this:

The mayor of Toronto says the city will need to open an emergency reception centre over the next seven days to deal with an influx of refugees.

John Tory says the federal and Ontario governments should take action to relieve the growing pressure refugee claimants are putting on the city’s shelter system.

He says 10 new refugee claimants are added to Toronto’s shelter system each day — 334 additional refugee claimants have arrived since he last appealed for help on April 26.

At the current rate of arrivals, Tory says Toronto projects that refugees will represent more than 50 per cent of the city’s shelter residents by November.



If "discovery math" was disallowed, teachers would have to actually learn math themselves before they taught it properly. Students would then realise how they are being ripped off both academically and economically:

Discovery-based learning is a method of teaching that applies to multiple areas of study. Discovery learning is usually applied in problem solving situations. Instead of being taught directly, students discover facts and relationships by themselves through problem-solving projects. Typically, students will use hands-on objects and visual aids to guide them along the process. Teacher involvement is minimal.

By learning on their own, advocates maintain, students retain more information.

Does it work? 

Discovery learning’s effectiveness is the subject of some disagreement.

According to a study conducted by the C.D. Howe Institute, there’s been a correlation linking declining math scores and the newly introduced curriculum.

“Between 2003 and 2012, all but two Canadian provinces showed statistically significant declines in the (Program of International Student Assessment) math scores,” the study reads.

More recently, Ontario’s latest standardized test results from the 2016-2017 year — conducted by the Education Quality and Accountability Office — show that only half of Grade 6 students met the provincial standard in math, unchanged from the previous year. In 2013, about 57 per cent of Grade 6 students met the standard. Among Grade 3 students, 62 per cent met the provincial standard in math.

The biggest criticism of discovery learning, however, is its top-down method. In the context of math in particular, this can be a frustrating method of learning for students, according to the C.D. Howe study. Without having memorized key concepts like times table memorization, students will often struggle tackling complex problems.

 

And now, Putin and his expensive bridge were upstaged by a cat:

President Vladimir Putin’s handlers had thought of nearly everything for the christening of a $4 billion bridge linking Russia to Crimea.

Dressed in blue jeans and ditching his tie, Putin jumped into the driver’s seat of an orange dump truck Tuesday and drove across the bridge with cameras recording every move.

One camera in the cab of the truck captured his small talk with a construction worker who was along for the ride and broadcast it across state media.

The imagery was deliberate: Putin was sealing his disputed 2014 annexation of Crimea with a project strongly condemned as illegal by the West. ...

But there was one hitch: Putin was actually beaten across the bridge.

Not by saboteurs or protesters or a stage-stealing, fate-sealing politician – but by the orange-and-white cat that roamed the bridge the day before.

Mostik, the adopted mascot of construction workers in the project, boasted to his nearly 35,000 Instagram followers Monday that he had already traversed the bridge, a full day before Putin’s first crossing.
The cat actually has a hard hat. A HARD HAT!