Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Post

A merry Year of the Dog to all y'all.



Justin's jet-set to India is clouded by accusations that some in his party are sympathetic to terrorists.

Well, duh.

Meetings are scheduled with a number of Indian CEOs and business leaders, with visits to some of India’s biggest tourist sites, including the famed Taj Mahal in Agra, Jama Mosque, and Sabarmati Ashram, one of the former homes of Mahatma Gandhi.

Trudeau will not, however, be meeting the Indian politician who has publicly accused members of his cabinet of having links to the Sikh separatist movement. ...

The issue is a cloud hanging over Trudeau’s first state visit to India. While Indian government sources insist he will be received warmly, they also note the government has only set aside part of a single day for official bilateral meetings during the seven-day trip.

But Justin doesn't like being bothered by allegations such as these while on vacation. He's had to endure endless questions about corruption and callousness. The man-child can only take so much.




The bottom of the economy is about to fall:

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is being told there is little additional fiscal space for new measures as he meets private-sector economists Friday to discuss the state of the Canadian economy ahead of the Feb. 27 budget.

The finance department’s latest survey of economists shows projections for national income — the best indicator for revenue —that are almost exactly what they were in Morneau’s last fiscal update in October. Overall, they are anticipating growth to slow down to the historically sluggish levels the economy has averaged in the post-recession era, after an unexpected pick up in 2017.

That effectively gives Morneau no room to ramp up spending without running higher deficits or raising tax levels, and likely means any new initiatives will probably need to be financed by reallocating spending within the existing framework or possibly tapping into existing buffers built into the fiscal plan.



If Justin won't define what constitutes the middle-class, he won't define "fake news", either:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants social media companies to crack down on what he considers “fake news.”

According to a recent media report, Trudeau met with top executives at Facebook and told them to fix their algorithms to prevent the spread of so-called fake news.

He didn’t simply ask Facebook to investigate the supposed problem, he threatened action – including stricter regulations from Ottawa – if the social media giant failed to comply with his demands.

Those are fighting words. But Trudeau and his Liberal colleagues have been anything but clear when it comes what they mean by ‘fake news.’

It's another form of censorship by the country's most "transparent" government.




There is a saying: "Dead but won't lie down".


That is Patrick Brown:

The former leader of Ontario’s official opposition party, who resigned last month after accusations of sexual misconduct, said on Friday that he will contest an election in March that was scheduled to pick his replacement.  

Patrick Brown stepped down as head of the center-right Progressive Conservatives after broadcaster CTV News reported that two women had accused him of sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations, which Reuters has not verified. 

Whoever leads the Progressive Conservatives will spearhead their efforts to defeat Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her left-leaning Liberal party in a provincial election in June. The Progressive Conservatives have been leading in opinion polls. 

Brown has said he will sue CTV over the story about the women’s allegations. CTV says it stands by its reporting. 

“I think my name has been cleared and now it’s about getting Ontario back on track,” Brown told reporters on Friday, adding that he has filed papers to run in the Progressive Conservatives’ leadership election. 

He is a selfish, pig-headed, arrogant man attempting to torpedo the party's chances in the next election. This act is petty and he knows it.


Also:

The emergence of a Tory leadership candidate committed to repealing Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum may yet see the Progressive Conservative party, which was pushed to the centre under former leader Patrick Brown, shifting to the right — at least until the spring election campaign gets underway.

While observers say it’s unlikely that Tanya Granic Allen will end up as party leader, social conservatives who feel betrayed by Brown are delighted with their new-found voice.

This is why no one misses Patrick Brown. He was an opportunistic weasel who betrayed people he promised to help.

As for Miss Granic's single-issue campaign, perhaps people should consider that these social issues do not exist in a vacuum and should be properly dealt with during regular sitting sessions (who wants a sex ed program penned by an incest enthusiast, anyway?). Also, people vote for single issues all the time. Ask a voter what matters to him or her and see who worries about healthcare, taxes or education. Is a country reduced only to those few things? Besides, many people vote for the most superficial reasons. If they didn't, Trudeau would still be a substitute drama teacher.




A money-laundering scheme in British Columbia reveals how entrenched such networks of crime are:
A Globe and Mail investigation has discovered that the Zhangs and other local residents associated with drug-related crime are effectively parking their riches in Vancouver-area real estate, where it is rendered clean and secure, without actually owning any of the properties.

Just hours after The Globe's investigation was published, B.C.'s attorney-general responded by calling it "very serious and deeply troubling."

"This story confirms our government's commitment to taking action to crack down on money laundering and criminal activity in B.C.," David Eby said.

If that were so, then perhaps Mr. Eby could explain how easily these things can happen? How do un-acclimatised non-citizens get to swallow up huge parcels of choice property and launder money?




Speaking of crime:

A former political staffer is alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of Ontario’s legislature when she was working for him more than a decade ago, the woman’s lawyer said Friday.

John Nunziata, who represents the woman, said he is not willing to release the name of the accused, but identified him as a Liberal politician who once held a cabinet portfolio.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said no sexual misconduct allegations have ever been raised against cabinet members who served under her or her predecessor Dalton McGuinty.

Nunziata said his client, who once worked for the Liberal politician as an executive assistant, alleges the sexual misconduct took place around 2006 and 2007.


And

A Toronto woman serving a life sentence for the murder of her seven-year-old stepson will be allowed to leave prison for a supervised visit with her recently widowed father, a Parole Board of Canada panel ruled Friday.

Marcia Dooley and her husband Edward (Tony) Dooley were convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for the death of Tony’s son, Randal.

The boy endured months of brutal physical abuse — most of it at the hands of Marcia Dooley — after he and his brother moved from Jamaica to Toronto to live with their father and stepmother in 1997, court records show.

This creature should spend the rest of her life in prison or, at the very least, a squalid, rat-infested hole.


  
"Inflamed attitudes"? Like virtually demanding that the government overturn a verdict? That kind of inflaming? :

In the letter McCallum equates her 11-year experience in residential schools with "spiritual genocide" and being imprisoned, and suggests the Ontario senator's apologetic stance on the system has "inflamed attitudes against Indigenous citizens."

She also writes of the importance of letting Indigenous survivors lead the discussion on residential schools.

"There are those that give themselves the liberty and privilege to act as our voice, opening our wounds at will. Possibly they see us as less than; unable to be our own representatives. These very people then deny or discount our own deep personal stories," the letter reads.

I believe that is what you have been doing for decades: moaning on and on, all the while padding your wallets and never encouraging people to move and be productive members of society.

One day, Big Aboriginal will have a lot to answer for.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mid-Week Post





The bad news the federal budget is to be tabled on February 27th

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will introduce the federal government's next budget on Feb. 27 as the country faces persistent uncertainty around trade and competitiveness.

This trade and competitiveness:

The Canadian government needs to shave a bit off the corporate tax rate and provide financial incentives for investments in artificial intelligence and robotics following U.S. tax reforms, says a leading tax expert.

**

The effort to rescue NAFTA has made limited progress because U.S. bargainers find themselves hamstrung by the Trump White House and the fact talks are taking place too quickly, Canada's chief negotiator says.

(Sidebar: I am confused. Who was who injected worthless and irrelevant platitudes into a debate wherein one party claims that the two other parties are heavily benefiting from a one-sided deal?)

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The Canadian jobs market returned to earth with a thud in January, StatCan reported Friday, shedding 88,000 jobs in its worst month since the depths of the recession in 2009. The January drop shows that gushing reports about Canada’s “booming” economy were wildly overstated, ignoring that GDP has been struggling throughout the second half of 2017. GDP growth has slowed from an annual rate of five per cent to less than two per cent as persistent weakness in exports and business investment spread to the housing market.

 
Also:

Equal pay for work of equal value? In a competitive market, if the work is paid the same, it’s of equal value. If it isn’t paid the same, it’s not. If you really want pay equity, make more markets more competitive.



Election in 2019:

The Liberal government has cut back the wait times for foreign spouses looking to reunite with their loved ones in Canada and has made considerable headway on a big backlog of applications.

The average wait is now one year in about 80 per cent of cases, down from the previous two-year wait, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Immigration officials also have made a significant dent in what had become a vast backlog of files, bringing it from roughly 75,000 files down to about 15,000 in just over a year.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told CBC News it was the "humane" thing to do.

(Sidebar: this Ahmed Hussen.)








Oh, my:


In late January, CTV reported that one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was still in high school and under the legal drinking age when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown's constituency office when he sexually assaulted her at his home, CTV reported.

Late Tuesday, CTV reported that the first accuser now said she had not been in high school or under the legal drinking age during the alleged incident. The woman said the altered timeline did not change the core of her allegations and noted she had been subject to demeaning and misogynistic comments online since the story broke.


Patrick Brown is a weasel but he is not the only one.




Why would Wynne wish to protect a program co-designed by a convicted child pornographer? :


Ford said parents weren't properly consulted by Wynne's government, and he promised to "take this issue to the party, the parents and to the voters" if he wins the leadership. He took a shot at his own party, saying its "elites" shut down any debate on the curriculum during the policy development process last year.






This might be why the Trudeau government won't can't give the veterans everything they are asking for:

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is contributing another $12 million for reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

She says the money will support the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, power stations, hospitals and government buildings in regions freed from the control of the Islamic State group.

(Sidebar: this would be the ISIS Trudeau doesn't think poses a problem to the public.)


Because cowards who won't stay and fight for their country deserve a foreign-funded break.


Also:

A group of Canadian veterans and their supporters is expected to show up on Parliament Hill on Thursday to protest what they call unfair treatment at the hands of the federal government.

The event, organized by Canadian Forces veteran Colin Saunders, comes after a week of angry exchanges in the House of Commons between Conservative MPs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan.

"Veterans Affairs is acting more like an insurance company and less like an advocate that’s there to help our veterans," said Saunders on Wednesday in Ottawa.

"There’s a lot of chaos growing in the veteran community ... quite frankly they’re just tired of being left out in the cold."




Canada is in need of a serious re-haul of its political and legal systems.  One should not get be prime minister because an astronaut stepped aside so that a trust-fund brat could get his daddy's job. Either directly elect one's leader (who can only ruin the country for five years as the South Koreans do) or get a guinea pig to run the place.

This one will do nicely.

Furthermore, there should be no g-d- way that unelected judges (another problem) get to collude with vote-seeking sludge to change the entire legal system to suit a special-interest group disguised as a welfare-ridden minority.


Cases in point:

Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in all government decisions, doing away with policies built to serve colonial interests, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. 

(Sidebar: colonial interests? What year is this? 1876, when the Indian Act - Canada's apartheid - was first introduced? How has that worked out, Justin? The "noble savage" remained far away from urban centres where the educational, professional and political opportunities were few and where craven politicians like yourself and money-grubbing chiefs trotted out the welfare-dependent whenever it suited them. Just like now. Justin, you are a piece of sh--.)

**

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he is considering whether his party should push to abolish the use of so-called peremptory challenges in the jury selection process.

The practice, which allows Crown and defence lawyers to exclude jurors without offering reasons, is at the centre of the controversy raging over the acquittal of Gerald Stanley. ...

Singh says peremptory challenges can result in a jury that doesn’t accurately reflect the entire community, and that it’s time to talk about whether they should be allowed at all.


Yes, about that:

Almost half of the prospective jurors in the Colten Boushie case were Aboriginal persons, according to one member of the jury pool.

However, the reason there were no Aboriginal Canadians on the jury in this controversial case is because so many deliberately opted out of the process. Other First Nations prospective jurors, meanwhile, were openly and outwardly biased during the selection process, according to one prospective juror who spoke to the Sun.

Oh, my. That must be a devastating blow to the Narrative.


Rather like this:

The last 5 chiefs of Red Pheasant have been Larry Wuttunee, Stewart Baptiste, Charles Meechance, Sheldon Wuttunee, Clint Wuttunee.

Here are the people in the car:

Kiora Wuttunee-Campbell, daughter of Sheldon Wuttunee.

Eric Meechance, son or nephew of Charles Meechance

Colton Boushie, nephew of Stewart Baptiste

Cassidy Cross AKA Cassidy Cross-Whitestone, Aka Cassidy Wuttunee-Whitstone - Original reporting has him as Cassidy Wuttunee, and initial reporting had one of Clint's kids in the car. People assumed it was Kiora, but it's actually probably Cassidy

Belinda Jackson - seems to be no one.

Each chief mentioned, besides Larry, has been indicted a ton of times. Some of these charges may sound familiar; drunk driving leading to a suspended license, drunk driving on a suspended license, assault, poaching, fraud, and every single one of them has been indicted for corruption while in office, and booted from their position.


And this:

Belinda Jackson, who was in the grey Escape, testified that all were drinking alcohol to excess. She said that earlier in the afternoon, Mr. Cross was driving recklessly, which caused the tire to pop off the rim. She does not recall a firearm in the vehicle and does not recall the incident where Mr. Cross tried to break into a red half-ton by striking it with a .22 calibre rifle.

She does remember ending up on the Stanley farm. She was tired due to her consumption of alcohol and may have fallen asleep, according to her testimony. She said that she wouldn’t say she was aware of what went on but that there are some parts that she remembers.

While at the Stanley farm Ms. Jackson claims that she does not remember anyone tampering with the quad runner. She said that it looked like Mr. Boushie was sleeping. According to her, Mr. Cross was driving. Mr. Boushie was in the passenger seat and she and the other two occupants, Ms. Wuttunee, and Mr. Meechance, were in the back seat.

She testified that someone smashed the windshield and that Mr. Meechance and Mr. Cross ran away. 

She testified that after Mr. Meechance and Mr. Cross ran away she heard someone say go get a gun. She says that a younger-looking man went inside the house and meanwhile the person that said go get the gun, got a handgun.

She claims that he came out of the garage after about a minute with his own handgun, came around to the passenger side and shot Mr. Boushie in the head. She elaborated by saying that this person shot Mr. Boushie twice and then fired two more times for a total of four shots.

She was quite definite that Mr. Boushie was shot twice while in the front passenger seat. She further denies that there was a rifle in the gray Escape. She testified that the passenger window was open and that Mr. Boushie was looking out to the right.

This testimony, although this is entirely up to you to decide, is at odds with the autopsy report that definitively states that Mr. Boushie died from a single gunshot to the head and that the trajectory of the bullet was rightward, downward and slightly forward.

It also conflicts with the blood spatter expert who determined, in her opinion, that the deceased was in the driver’s seat at the time he was shot.

The pictures of the scene also show the deceased on the ground, just out the driver’s door. Also, in cross-examination it became evident that she initially told police that she did not know who shot Mr. Boushie or why he was shot and that Mr. Boushie was in the back seat.

She denied that she lied to police but admits she did not tell them the whole truth.

After the shooting, she admits to assaulting the woman, presumably Ms. Stanley. She says that Gerald Stanley, who she says had a handgun, and Sheldon Stanley, who she said had a shotgun, stood by and watched her assault Mrs. Stanley. She says that she stopped when Kiora told her to do so.

Like any other witness it is up to you decide how much or how little of Belinda Jackson’s testimony you choose to rely upon.

Oh, dear ...


Also - if Trudeau's typical uselessness and empty gestures are any indication, this reincarnation of a previous dog-and-pony show will indicate how far he will take his "framework" threats:

The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says that reviewing police files is a “centrepiece” of its investigation, but nearly a year and a half into its mandate, many police agencies across the country say the inquiry has not asked them for records.


(Merci)





Unfortunately, it does not stop there:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s representative in the Senate says he is worried “partisan politics” will interfere in the government’s desired timeline for marijuana legalization — and, if the opposition doesn’t play nicely, he says he is willing to invoke time limits for debate.

Yes, ram drugs through, Justin, but if the stoners who voted you in the first time forget that there is an election, well ... you brought that on yourself.


Also:

The British Columbia public health authorities are making a huge mistake. The province is advancing a series of reckless interventions that are counterproductive in fighting the opioid epidemic. If B.C. continues in this manner, the province is destined to remain in a state of perpetual opioid addiction.

But ... but ... harm reduction!


And - is one sure it is not because taxes are gradually getting higher, more taxes are being introduced, government mismanagement, unnecessarily high energy costs ... ?

Nearly one million Canadians opted for emptier grocery bags and colder homes in order to pay for prescription drugs in 2016, suggests a nationwide study on the topic published Tuesday.




Keeping him in a hospital won't make him crazy in time for the trial:

The man accused in a knife attack on an Edmonton police officer last September will remain in Alberta Hospital for another month while his mental health assessment is completed.

On Monday, provincial court Judge Donna Valgardson adjourned the election and plea for 30 more days to complete the psychiatric evaluation of Abdulahi Sharif, 30, who is also accused of plowing into four pedestrians with a U-Haul van.

"I'm inclined to agree with the defence counsel in this case that it would be beneficial to have the NCR in hand," said Valgardson, referring to the report that would determine whether Sharif could be found not criminally responsible (NCR).




Ahem - Zahra Kazemi:

As Iranian-Canadian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami was buried Tuesday in Iran, the Canadian government drew sharp criticism for failing to hold the Iranian regime to account for his suspicious death.

“They could have played a role in backing up the family’s demands for an autopsy and creating an international environment in which Iran would be accountable,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran. “They did none of that, which was highly disappointing.”

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said the government response is part of “a troubling pattern on Iran” since the Liberals were elected in 2015 with a platform of normalizing ties with Iran. He said the silence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been “deafening” during the latest Iranian protests and the subsequent crackdown that has led to thousands of arrests.

O’Toole said Canada should be working with allies to denounce Iran’s destabilizing role in the region and to demand a role in an independent autopsy of Seyed-Emami.

“Canadians can’t be lulled into a sense that this is a country we need to do more with,” he said. 

“Canadians should be very aware that it’s a destabilizing country and should be cautious about any dealing with it.”

And let's not forget Alexandre Trudeau's work for the Iranian regime.





Good:

A disgraced RCMP officer convicted of torturing of his captive 11-year-old son at their home in suburban Ottawa fully deserved his 15-year prison sentence, Ontario’s top court ruled on Tuesday.




Asians have been waiting since last month for an apology, so cram it:

A group representing black residents in the rural Nova Scotia community of Lincolnville wants the provincial government to compensate them for land that was granted to Black Loyalists in the late-1700s but was later handed over to Acadians.




Oh, the burn!:

Smile Japan scored a historic victory with a 4-1 triumph over Korea on Wednesday in their final Group B preliminary-round game at Kwandong Hockey Centre.

Japan had lost 12 straight Olympic contests going back to the 1998 Nagano Games before notching the win. Japan dropped all five contests in both Nagano and Sochi, and its first two games here.

But ... but ... powers combined!




And now, Saint Valentine's Day may fall on Ash Wednesday this year but is it a problem? :

Lent begins with the most salient point, with the problem that needs to be solved, with the mystery of death that reduces everything to dust. It begins there that we might receive a message of love from God — a “valentine” we might say this year. Amidst the ashes, it is though He says to us: “You are dust, but my love means that you are not only that, and that you are meant to abide, not in the decay of the grave, but in the love of God, manifest on the cross.”




Monday, February 12, 2018

For a Monday





Happening now:

Donald Trump Jr.'s wife was taken to a New York City hospital as a precaution Monday after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained an unidentified white powder, police said.

A preliminary test indicated the substance wasn't dangerous, police said.

Vanessa Trump, 40, opened the letter addressed to the president's son Monday morning at their midtown Manhattan apartment, investigators said. She called 911 and said she was coughing and felt nauseous, police said.

The New York Fire Department said it treated three patients who were then taken to a hospital for what it considered minor injuries. The identities of the patients were not revealed.

Police said the envelope contained a letter but provided no other details.




Oh, for the love of pie! :

Colten Boushie's family members say they feel more hopeful following meetings with federal ministers Monday, after a not-guilty verdict in his shooting death sent shock waves throughout Canada.

"This is only the beginning of the conversation and calls to action," said Boushie's cousin, Jade Tootoosis.

"We have little to no faith in the justice system and we're here to talk about that."

I have no faith in people who cannot accept that the most impartial methods we have at our disposal of determining guilt or innocence and assigning verdicts on what they see and hear become irrelevant the second one is displeased with the outcome.

Typical selfish whining oafs with an undeserved sense of entitlement!

Perhaps Miss Tootoosis could answer two things: why was her cousin on Mr. Stanley's farm and what would she say if an all aboriginal jury found Mr. Stanley innocent?



Colten Boushie, along with four companions, had been drinking and got a flat tire. They drove onto a farm where they attempted to steal a vehicle they found on the property by smashing the window with a .22 rifle they had with them. They then drove to the Stanley farm where one of the number attempted to steal a quad that then drove into the SUV. It was then that - in Mr. Stanley's words - the gun he used to frighten off the would-be thieves "went off".


What verdict could the jury come up with?



Debbie Baptiste, the mother of Boushie, was angry and defiant at a rally on Saturday in North Battleford. After the verdict was read into the record on Friday, Baptiste screamed as family members restrained her.

“White people — they run the court system. Enough. We’re going to fight back,” Baptiste told a crowd of roughly 100 people at the Saturday rally. “They’re not sweeping us under the carpet. Enough killing our people. We fight back.”


Yes, about that:

A Saskatchewan man whose two young daughters froze to death when he took them into a snowstorm while he was drunk has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Christopher Pauchay pleaded guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing the deaths of Kaydance, 3, and Santana, 15 months, on the Yellow Quill First Nation, about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon in January 2008.

Pauchay, 25, was drunk when he took his two girls outside in blizzard-like conditions. The girls, who weren't dressed for cold weather, were later found dead of hypothermia.

**

June 11, 2005. Phoenix dies after a final violent beating on the basement’s concrete floor. McKay and Kematch bury her near the reserve’s landfill. They continue to pretend she is alive and collect welfare benefits with her listed as a dependent.

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The RCMP said Friday that female victims, regardless of their ethnicity, continue to be targeted most often by men within their own homes and communities.

**

Perpetrators of violence against Aboriginal people are most often other members of the Aboriginal community such as spouses, relatives, or friends of the victim, and as such, victimization among Aboriginal people in Canada is often regarded as a mirror image of Aboriginal offending.  

So there's that.



And - one would think that he would shut his fool mouth after that "people-kind" crap.

Nope:

“Saying anything that amounts to commenting on the correctness of the verdict, to improve your public image or ensure an appropriate approval rating, should be criticized in Canada,” said Michael Lacy, a partner in the criminal law group Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP in Toronto.

On Saturday, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a tweet that Canada “can and must do better,” after a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in at a news conference in California, saying Canada has “come to this point as a country far too many times.”

Edmonton-based criminal lawyer Tom Engel said when politicians, especially the justice minister, appear to criticize verdicts, the public may believe that future decisions by the courts are influenced by the remarks.

Or verdict by fiat.

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Justin Trudeau says much needs to be done to fix the way First Nations people are treated within Canada's criminal justice system.

But the prime minister says it would be "completely inappropriate" to comment on the specifics of last week's acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer in the killing of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.

That Justin opened his mouth in the first place is bad enough.

Why not just get rid of juries, Justin? Your judicial activist friends won't let you down!

**

The federal Conservatives are accusing Justin Trudeau of “political interference,” after the prime minister responded to the acquittal of a white farmer in the death of a young Indigenous man by saying the criminal justice system has to “do better.”

Oh, really? :

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called Boushie's death "tragic," but said the independent judicial process must run its course without political intervention.

"It's appropriate to show concern and support... for the family of the victim, but I think it is important that we remember that politicians don't decide these types of things," Scheer told reporters in Halifax.

That's right, Andy. They don't.

Did anyone show "concern and support" the now-ruined Stanley family? Is that inappropriate as well?







Moving on ...




This is what everyone should be doing:


In the wake of Justin Trudeau’s widely-condemned town hall comments – where he said Canadian Veterans are asking for more than the government can give – two Canadian Vets are camping out on the streets of Ottawa to demand better treatment for Veterans.
According to a recent report, “Trevor Sanderson and Dick Groot arrived in Ottawa Friday after driving from Winnipeg. Since then, they’ve spent their days and nights in the tents they’ve erected at the corner of Wellington and Lyon streets, near the East and West Memorial Buildings.”
They say they will be camping outside until a planned rally on Thursday, where people will gather on Parliament Hill to call for better services for Canadian Veterans.

Justin will try to be away on those days. He doesn't like confrontation.





Finally:


Under relentless pressure from the Conservatives who were looking out for Canada’s national interests, the Trudeau government will subject China’s attempted takeover of Canadian construction giant Aecon to a national security review.
As reported by BNN, “Aecon Group. Inc. has extended the timeline of its proposed takeover by a Chinese buyer, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is reviewing the deal on national security grounds.”
The Chinese firm seeking to buy Aecon (CCCC), is majority-controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, which has raised serious concerns.



Also:

U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a vague jab at Canadian trade practices on Monday.

“We lose a lot of money with Canada. Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” he said at a White House event on his new infrastructure proposal. 

“So they’ll either treat us right or we’ll just have to do business a little bit diff… really differently,” he said. “We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.”

That's not a vague jab; that's a veiled threat.



And:

International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told the Senate trade committee last week that Canada won its greatest market access ever into the Japanese market when it signed on last month to the new 11-country version of the Pacific Rim pact that was salvaged after the Trump administration pulled the U.S. out last year.

Champagne said the agreement between Canada and Japan is contained in a side-letter, not in the text of the agreement, which he told senators is nonetheless “enforceable.”

That’s not possible, say representatives from the auto workers union and two trade associations representing Canadian automobile manufacturers.

They said side agreements are not enforceable unless they are part of an actual trade agreement.

That's what some call "smoke and mirrors".





Good:

David Manley says he agrees women have the right to have an abortion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — but thinks he shouldn't have to in order to access federal funding.

The Saskatchewan bakery owner has written to federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu to oppose a clause in the Canada Summer Jobs program funding application that requires groups say they respect reproductive rights.

The form asks applicants to attest that their "core mandate" respects charter rights.

The program will not consider applications unless the box is filled out.

Although it does not specifically ask the applicant to mark that they personally agree with reproductive rights, Manley said the form's specific reference to certain types of rights makes it "feel" like it asking him to do so.  

"Just ask me to respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; that's not a problem," said Manley.

(Sidebar: it's toilet paper. Treat it as such.)

"But then when they specifically identify other things — 'these include' — it feels like they are asking me to endorse, and that's the way that that thing's written."



Oh, my:

It is a “complete betrayal of both the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people that sent them there to do that job,” Britain’s international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, told BBC News, which noted that the nonprofit received $44 million in government funds last year.

Mordaunt spoke Sunday — three days after a Times of London investigation accused Oxfam’s then-director in Haiti, along with other workers, of running an illegal makeshift brothel after a 2010 quake devastated the country.

Oxfam has admitted to at least some of the wrongdoings alleged in the report, and the organization has promised an internal review and overhaul. “We are ashamed of what happened,” the nonprofit’s chair wrote in a statement Sunday. “We apologize unreservedly.”




Oh, popular press. Has Walter Duranty taught you nothing?

North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics‘ most important medals: the diplomatic gold.

That is the assessment of a former South Korean government minister and political experts who say the North has used the Games to drive a wedge between South Korea and its U.S. ally and to potentially ease pressure on its sanctions-crippled state.

It is a troubling assessment at that. The unabashed gushing over Kim Yo-Jong and petty digs at Vice-President Mike Pence have become the staple of news agencies that still regard themselves as respectable. The love-fest continues with noted pro-North Korea Moon promising to visit Pyongyang at Kim Yo-Jong's request.

But did everyone forget this? :

North Korea’s political prisons are just as bad as — and perhaps even worse than — the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards.

Thomas Buergenthal, who served on the International Court of Justice, is one of three jurists who have concluded that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should be tried for crimes against humanity for the way his regime uses brutal political prisons to control the population.

“I believe that the conditions in the [North] Korean prison camps are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and experienced in my youth in these Nazi camps and in my long professional career in the human rights field,” said Buergenthal, who was in Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen as a child, as well as the ghetto of Kielce, Poland.

I suppose everyone was too preoccupied with Kim Yo-Jong's stunning features to remember.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Post





After a jury in Saskatchewan found farmer, Gerald Stanley, not guilty of shooting Colten Boushie when one of the passengers he was driving attempted to steal a vehicle and run Stanley and member of his family down,  "spontaneous" protests and sentiments erupt from the perpetually aggrieved and vote-seeking:

Federal ministers say the country must do better for Indigenous peoples in the Canadian justice system after a Saskatchewan jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of killing Colten Boushie.

Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Indigenous services minister Jane Philpott both posted on Twitter they want more to be done.

Justin Trudeau echoed those statements, offering his condolences to Boushie's family. 

"I'm not going to comment on the process that led to this point today, but I am going to say we have come to this point as a country far too many times," he told reporters Saturday morning. 

"I know Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike know that we have to do better."

What do you mean "do better"?

Had Gerald Stanley been an aboriginal farmer attempting to protect himself from white thugs who tried to kill him, would he still be reviled? Is he to be reviled because he did protect himself? Or is he reviled because he protected himself against aboriginal thugs when he should have been content to just be a victim of crime?

Shove your feet back into your mouth, "People-kind" Boy. The country has had enough of your patronising and idiocy for one lifetime.

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Winnipeg Centre member of Parliament Robert-Falcon Ouellette, who is originally from Red Pheasant First Nation — the same First Nation in Saskatchewan Boushie came from — called Boushie's death an "abject failure of our society to make sure that this didn't happen."

Gerald Stanley, 56, was charged after the 22-year-old Boushie was shot and killed during a 2016 altercation on Stanley's property near Biggar, Sask. Stanley's defence argued the gun went off accidentally.

On Friday, a jury acquitted him of the second-degree murder charge, sparking protests and calls for justice reform across the country.

"When you look at the sweep of events leading up to this, there were complaints from farmers that no one was solving the crimes against property that was being stolen and destroyed in Saskatchewan," Ouellette said.

"Where the state is no longer able to respond to problems in society … where the police aren't able to respond to all of the complaints by citizens in a timely manner, citizens start thinking to themselves well, if they can't do it, I have to protect my own property," he said.

"I think we placed everyone in an impossible situation by the failures of the system.… It really is a terrible thing, and it's something that I don't believe needed to happen."

Two things, Mr. Ouellette: either people have the right to protect themselves, others and their property using appropriate force without fear of the government punishing them (or questioning the legal process that finds them innocent) or they don't.

Secondly, there is no need for "diverse" juries or inquiries or massive public displays of knee-jerk reaction. The rule of law prevailed. Perhaps Boushie and his companions should not have been drinking and attempting to rob a farmer. THAT fault lies with families that refuse to properly raise their children and instead rely on shaming people for handouts. Big Aboriginal can accept the blame for that massive ongoing debacle.




Because being called "Sock Boy" can get very tiring:

As Canadian political parties prepare for the 2019 federal election, the source said Trudeau suggested Ottawa could intervene if Facebook doesn’t adequately address the issues. 

The source described the conversation as “constructive.” 

Trudeau’s comments came during a meeting with Sandberg at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Vietnam last November. According to the source, Trudeau was particularly concerned about Facebook identifying the origin of partisan “news” posts or advertisements.

Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor Facebook would discuss the specifics of that meeting.

“We stand with the lawmakers around the world, including in Canada, in their efforts to protect the democractic process,” Kevin Chan, Facebook’s policy chief in Canada, wrote in a statement to the Star. 

(Sidebar: you, sir, are a lying sack of sh--.)


Also

The climate for hate speech regulation in Canada appears to be shifting.

Traditional free speech advocates are reconsidering the status quo they helped create, in which hate speech is only a Criminal Code charge that requires political approval, and so is rarely prosecuted. There is even talk of resurrecting the defunct and much maligned ban on internet hate speech, Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.



Another casualty of Trudeau's jet-setting:

At least one police officer has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's motorcade Friday night outside of Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol officer was taken to hospital with what the force described as non-life threatening, but serious injuries — a category that could include a large abrasion with bleeding, or broken bones.



They're just jobs for little people. If they mattered, Justin would pretend to care about them: 

Canada shed a net 88,000 jobs during the month, a sharp stop to a recent stellar performance that saw 2017 produce the biggest increase in jobs since 2002. The drop reflected a record loss of 137,000 part-time jobs, and a 49,000 gain in full-time work.

The employment drop coincided with an increase in the minimum wage in Canada’s largest province — Ontario. That fueled an acceleration of the national wage rate to an annualized pace of 3.3 per cent that was the fastest since 2015.




An Iranian-Canadian university professor detained in Tehran has died in custody, activists and a family member said Sunday, marking the latest suspicious death of a detainee in Iran after a crackdown on dissent following nationwide protests.



Oh, dear. This must be embarrassing:

Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, has ordered the country’s military to cancel a $234 million deal to buy Canadian-built combat helicopters.

Duterte said Friday that equipment bought by the military needs to be free of any restrictions since it could be used in fighting insurgents.

Duterte said in the future the Philippine military will not buy its equipment from either Canada or the U.S. 

“So from here on now, I am directing the armed forces of the Philippines since most of the guns, bullets and whatever, weapons of war … invariably could be used against the rebels and the terrorists,” he told journalists in Davao City on Friday. “Do not buy any more from Canada. Or from the United States, because there is always a condition attached.”

He added, “I am sure Canada is a bright boy. But the terrorists, ISIS, are contaminating the locals. And if I cannot use the gunships, the helicopters, then I might as well surrender this government to them.

“I do not question your logic. Your logic is your logic. My logic is mine. It’s based on the reality on the ground.”

The same terrorists who do things like this:



A 22-year-old man armed with a machete attacked a priest and several churchgoers after he stormed a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.



And it's not like Canada was in the dark about what Duterte wanted to do:

The Philippine government never hid its intention to use Canadian-built helicopters in combat, even going as far as displaying the first batch of those choppers armed with machine guns during an official ceremony in 2015 attended by Canada’s ambassador to that southeast Asian country.



Another horse enters the race:

A fourth person has declared her intention to run for the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party.

But Tanya Granic Allen acknowledged Thursday that she first needs at least 100 party members to sign her nomination papers and donors to help her raise the $100,000 entry fee to enter the race.

Granic Allen is president of Parents as First Educators, which lobbies against the sex-education curriculum in Ontario and is in favour of more parental control of education.

"We have to make sure that the protest of parents across this province isn’t falling upon deaf ears," Granic Allen said in a statement posted on the group's website.



Now over to the winter Olympics, the most deceptive game in town!




No, NBC, Korea isn't the "other Japan":

NBC apologized on Saturday after a comment Ramo made as Japan was introduced at the Opening Ceremony. Ramo introduced Japan as “a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945.”

“But every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation,” he added.

Japan’s 35-year colonial occupation of Korea was a controversial time that was marked by harsh rule and human rights abuse. It ended with Korea splitting into two countries at the end of World War II, a schism that remains to this day.

“During Japanese rule (1910-1945), many Koreans suffered enormously, often from rape, forced labor, torture and death,” the Korea Times wrote. “The issue of the comfort women, the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery, is one of the many atrocities that occurred during that period. Few Koreans would agree with what Ramo said of Japan.”

It wasn’t long after Ramo’s remark that it became apparent he has touched a raw nerve. NBC’s social feeds quickly filled with Koreans demanding an apology.

Or one could argue that this "transformation" occurred after the Korean War.

But that sort of historical analysis is beyond the popular press. 







Just hours ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, South Korean protesters scuffled with police as they burned North Korea flags and images of dictator Kim Jong-un.

Despite the popular narrative of a “diplomatic” Olympics where South Korea and North Korea are putting aside differences to present a united face to the millions watching, protesters believe the warming between the two countries may advance Kim’s nuclear ambitions. Many South Koreans have been outraged that the two countries will field a joint women’s hockey team and their leaders will engage in diplomatic gestures while North Korea routinely threatens violence.



This narrative: 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in accepted North Korea’s invitation Saturday to visit Pyongyang, on condition that the circumstances that would allow for such a visit are established. 

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has dismissed a call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to quickly resume South Korea's joint military drills with the United States, calling it a violation of his country's sovereignty, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Saturday.
 


Which hurts this narrative:



During a pre-Olympics Opening ceremonies reception in Pyeongchang later that day, Pence “did not come across” the North Korean delegation, according to a spokesman for the Vice President. The North Koreans were present at the reception at the same time as Pence.

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence sat in South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s box for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. They sat in the same row as President Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The three had held a meeting ahead of the ceremony. Both Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, also sat in Moon’s box. A White House official indicated that it was fair to cast the lack of interaction between Pence and the North Koreans in Moon’s box as mutual.

White House officials clarified for the press that it was known ahead of time that the North Koreans would also be seated in Moon’s box, and Pence knowingly chose to sit in Moon’s box instead of in the U.S. delegation box.




Some people don't care for "diversity":

By and large, PyeongChang has gone out of its way to welcome the world for the 2018 Winter Olympics. But not everyone in the South Korean host city is feeling the Olympic spirit.

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has announced that it will no longer go forward with plans to set up a mobile multi-faith prayer room for spectators in Gangneung, where all of the Games’ indoor events are taking place, following “strong opposition” from anti-Muslim protestors, according to Al Jazeera’s Haeyoon Kim and Faras Ghani.

“We sat down with them for talks, but in the end, we had to cancel the plans,” Gangneung city government tourism division chief Kang Suk-ho told Al Jazeera. ...

Much of the hostility has flowed from the PyeongChang Olympics Gangwon Citizens’ Islam Countermeasure Association, a relatively new group that pushed a petition against the prayer room via Google. The petition — which stoked fear about radical Islam in the South Korean province of Gangwon — has collected more than 56,000 digital signatures.

“The government has already spent too much of the taxpayers’ money on the Games, and we shouldn’t spend more building a prayer room,” Seo Ji-hyun, the director of operations at the Islam Countermeasure Association, told Al Jazeera. He also suggested that Muslims should refrain from prayer at the Olympic Games as they supposedly would while flying or driving.



Because no one wants to hold Russia to account for anything:

How can this be, that men convicted or suspected of doping are still in leadership positions, that banned athletes are still competing in international events if not the actual Olympics?



Didn't I say something like this would happen? :

The unified Korean women’s hockey team lost 8-0 against Switzerland on Saturday’s preliminary round match, but there was an unmistakable good feeling among the South Korean audience. The combined athletes created a symbol of good will between the two Koreas that have been divided for over 70 years.