Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Post

From the same party that allows FGM, elbowing female MPs in the chest, Big Abortion and parkas for Yazidi rape victims:

While the Trudeau Liberals like to tout a zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment — as in turfing offenders out of caucus — the prime minister appears more than willing to keep alleged indiscretions within his own inner circle on the down-low.

As in hush-hush.

Only now are we hearing, via the French-language television network TVA, that the deputy director of operations in the Prime Minister’s Office has been on forced leave since early November.

While it was perfectly acceptable for Trudeau to publicly oust two Liberal MPs from his caucus for sexual harassment to score political and feminist points during his election run — please stand up Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti — the prime minister was apparently not so willing to expose PMO senior staffer, Claude-Eric Gagne, to the same kind of public humiliation.

Why, exactly, is Gagne being investigated?

And what is the nature of his alleged misconduct?

Well, the PMO isn’t saying.

In fact, it initially wouldn’t even identify Gagne and, even after Gagne’s name was eventually confirmed, the PMO would not release any details of the allegations, other than it involved “inappropriate behaviour” involving an undisclosed number of women.

One? Two? More ? No comment.

When asked by the media for details, the PMO’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, used a time-honoured line to add nothing.

“Given the investigation is ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further in order to protect the integrity of the process, and ensure fairness for the parties,” she said in an email.

Indeed, it pays to have friends in high places, although there is always a snitch lying in the weeds.

But keeping this all hush-hush for almost two months, particularly with sexual harassment allegations at the top of the news and flying every which-way in virtually every industry, was no mean feat.

So, congrats to the PMO. You almost pulled it off.

Also - sure it was debunked. Sure it was:

A French-language television network in Quebec apologized Friday for its now-debunked report that a Montreal mosque tried to have women banned from a nearby work site.

But, for members of the Muslim community, the apology may not be enough to repair the damage caused by the widely shared and ultimately false story.

The original story was broadcast on Tuesday. It quickly sparked outrage, especially within the social media networks of Quebec's far right. One of the mosques mentioned in the report was bombarded by threats of violence. 

"We don't want another tragedy. We're getting close to January 29th, people were afraid," said William Kobartly, a lawyer for Ahl-ill-Bait mosque, referring to one-year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, where six men were killed. 

(Sidebar: I feel an Ibn Warraq quote coming on ...)

From the same party whose ineffectual leader loves China but can't get it to see things his way:

In the tightly-knit world of Vancouver’s wealthy Chinese immigrants, Paul Se Hui Oei stood out for his ties to some of Canada’s most powerful politicians and his mastery of cultivating guanxi, or personal relationships, that attracted legions of Chinese clients eager for his assistance in gaining a legal foothold in Canada.

But behind closed doors, the authorities say, Oei, a prominent immigration consultant and philanthropist, ran an elaborate fraud scheme, pocketing millions from investors, including many Chinese citizens led to believe their investment would help them secure permanent residency in Canada. Instead, the authorities say, he spent the money on luxury cars, beauty pageants and donations to political parties.

From the same party that promised transparency and action:

I’m co-operating with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner,” has been the rote non-answer for a year now, whenever someone is under fire in the House. The commissioner’s office serves as a kind of half-alibi. Finally, the office itself deflects responsibility from government in a very wide sense. It offloads the crucial matter of ethics to a third party. It gives ministers, members and the prime minister an off-ramp for explaining choices and practices for which they bear primary responsibility. It puts judgment of the conduct of House of Commons members “offshore.” The House itself, its members and ministers and the PM, are the authors and judges of ethics and conflict. The commissioner’s office therefore is not only inefficient, it is also an impediment to the very function it was dubiously manufactured to remedy.


The TRC spent five years documenting the stories of residential school survivors. Its final report is both a record of what it labelled “cultural genocide,” and a demand for action.

But two years later, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that “no relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous peoples,” the federal government is getting mixed reviews on its promised implementation of the TRC’s 94 calls to action

Come on, Justin! Big Aboriginal is depending on you!

I judge a system that allows withered old husks and friends of Liberals to decide the law:

“We’ve done a lot on judicial education in this area. Sadly, there’s the odd case which has shown some regrettable problems. But you should remember that thousands of sexual assault trials are held in Canada every year, and if there’s one that goes wrong, we should not judge the whole system by that.”

But your Liberal friends handed these rulings down, Bev.

It's not enough for China to own Alberta. It must own the Canadian Arctic, as well:

Talks with Finland to build a telecommunications cable on the polar seabed could give China a new entry point to shaping the development of the warming Arctic.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and state-owned China Telecom Corp. are among those participating in discussions about building a 10,500-kilometer fiber-optic link across the Arctic Circle. The proposal, which also involves Finland, Japan, Russia and Norway, aims to create the fastest data connection between Europe and China as soon as 2020.

Besides speeding China’s communication with European financial centers and data hubs, the project is among Beijing’s most ambitious forays into the hotly contested region. In June, China included the Arctic in President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road trade-and-infrastructure initiative and is drafting a broad strategy on its plans for the area.

This is a country that censors information from its own people.

Trudeau HAS put Canada back ... in the US' shadow:

Whatever anyone thinks of Donald Trump or his policies, he has drastically deregulated, facilitated increased energy production and reduced petroleum imports (down to a third of the country’s needs and falling steadily), and reinforced the incentive economy; and he is setting out a clear range of policies. ...

These events will have their consequences in this country beyond fluctuations of the trans-border brain drain. This country’s federal deficit is too high, and wildly beyond the government’s promises of comparative frugality. The current version of the proposed small business tax is only marginally preferable to the insane original bill presented for quick passage in the summer. (The Senate of Canada has done itself proud and shown its value by proposing that the whole concept of monitoring the legitimacy of “income-sprinkling” within family businesses by federal tax inspectors, for the purpose of collecting less than $200 million dollars a year for a government running an annual deficit of almost $18 billion, be abandoned.

I'm not even sure Justin knows that there is a North Korea:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet a Canadian cabinet committee when he visits Ottawa next week.

Tillerson’s schedule includes a session with the ministerial committee on Canada-U.S. relations.
Sources say he will travel to Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss the North Korea crisis, as well as a range of other international and bilateral issues.

He also plans to meet Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

And now, some festive music for a festive Friday:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

As is often the case ...

It's incredible that people survived this:

The plane, an ATR 42, was travelling from Fond Du Lac to Stony Rapids. Care is being provided to twenty-two passengers and three crew members with medical facilities in Fond Du Lac and Stony Rapids being use for those requiring assistance. Five people were transported to other medical facilities with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and emergency crews located the airplane less than a kilometre from the Fond du Lac airstrip, according to an RCMP news release.

Local emergency responders and RCMP members from Stony Rapids helped with the rescue. Rescue resources from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Search and Rescue were on the way to the scene Wednesday night.

From the same party that removed references of FGM as a barbaric practice from immigration guides:

An official in Justin Trudeau’s office is being investigated over unspecified allegations, the Prime Minister’s Office and the official confirmed late Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s Office is not identifying the official or the nature of the allegations.

However the staffer, Claude-Eric Gagné, the PMO’s deputy director of operations, issued a statement Wednesday night that he is on leave because of an “independent investigation regarding allegations” that have come to the PMO’s attention.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says it is taking an investigation into unspecified allegations against a senior staffer seriously, although the workplace harassment policy that governs all federal public servants does not technically apply to its employees.

Because no one associated with the Liberals is ever accountable.


In Canada, having intercourse with a Labrador retriever can net someone a 10-year jail sentence. However, thanks to an oversight in the Criminal Code, all other forms of sexual gratification with that Labrador, including oral sex, have always been legal.

Now, more than a year after a B.C. sex criminal used this very loophole to escape conviction, Calgary MP Michelle Rempel has introduced a private member’s bill to fix it once and for all.

Bill C-388, tabled on Wednesday, inserts a one-line amendment into the Criminal Code defining bestiality as “any contact by a person, for a sexual purpose, with an animal.”

“I am disturbed that the government has not yet corrected this glaring void in our criminal code,” she wrote in an official statement, which also called the current law a “disturbing loophole.” 

I am disturbed by everything the pervy Liberals do.

This is the same party that fought parents of autistic children and still has tight reins on their money:

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is being told it should scrap a section of Canada’s immigration act that advocates and others, including MPs from all parties, have said discriminates against persons with disabilities.

When the Liberals lose the votes of outraged parents, they can replace them with people who will never acclimatise.

People knew that whenever Justin opened his fool mouth, something stupid would pop out. Why put him at the head of the party?

Yet, as someone who has spent 20 years in the communications business within Asian and American markets, I can say that Canada’s current public relations strategy is unsuitable to the task at hand: securing Canada’s trade interests with foreign governments who think differently than we do. The Trudeau government’s public relations framing has become way too obvious, and its rhetoric is now starting to crash against the rocks of international realpolitik.

Oh, one means that he is not ready or never will be?

Yeah, got it.

Also in "My God, these people are corrupt!" news:

"I want people to know it's OK to speak out. It's been going on long enough," Glenn Moosomin told CBC News in an interview from his North Battleford, Sask.. home Wednesday afternoon.

​Moosomin ran for a seat on council at the nearby Mosquito Grizzly Bear's Head Lean Man First Nation. In the April, 2017 election, he lost.

But he filed an appeal after seeing the tactics used by various candidates. 

In the interview Wednesday, Moosomin said he's speaking out and taking action for his four children and 10 grandchildren, as well as future generations.

"A lot of damage has already been done. All of this hurts me deep inside," he said.

This week, CBC News obtained a 19-page report commissioned by the federal government that states cocaine, marijuana and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were used to bribe voters in a recent Mosquito Grizzly Bear's Head Lean Man First Nation election. 


That's because the Brian Gallant government won't add that to existing taxes already paid at the pump, but will shift that amount from the existing 15.5-cent-per litre gas tax.


Canada’s Veterans Affairs Department is behind on half of its performance targets, department results released last month reveal, which opposition MPs call unacceptable and a “horrible performance” built off systemic problems.

Veterans Affairs missed 14 of 26 targets for the 2016-17 year, filing 54 per cent under “attention required,” leading to delayed decisions on veteran services like career training, long-term care, and disability support.

(Sidebar: who did you vote for, veterans? Oh, yeah ...)


When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned his holiday trip a year ago, he would have had no reason to fear that the Ghost of Christmas Past would still be haunting him a year later.

Trudeau, his family and some friends, including MP Seamus O'Regan, now the minister of veterans affairs, spent their 2016 Christmas vacation on a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims.

The Prime Minister's Office initially tried to play down the trip, refusing to say where Trudeau would spend the holiday. When it came out early in the new year that he spent the vacation in a Caribbean hideaway owned by the wealthy philanthropist, the opposition pounced.

They asked why Trudeau accepted a free vacation from a rich man whose charitable organizations, in some cases, relied on Canadian government help. The prime minister tried to brush things off, saying the Aga Khan is an old friend of his family — indeed, Trudeau wished him a happy birthday Wednesday — as well as a leader and a partner in the fight against world poverty.

He also pointed out that the Aga Khan is an honorary Canadian citizen and an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, but none of that carried any weight with his political foes.

The saga has lingered to this day — when the government announced a new ethics commissioner earlier this week, it rekindled memories of the controversy, since Trudeau and his officials had to recuse themselves from the selection process, since he was the subject of an inquiry.

Wednesday's statement surely didn't help, either.

"I am proud to call His Highness both a friend and a mentor," Trudeau said in his birthday wishes. "Canada and the world are stronger and richer because of his commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to finding common ground.

"Today, Sophie and I thank the Aga Khan for all that he has done to help those in need, and wish him continued health and happiness for years to come."

(Sidebar: Justin also added that he welcomed his new overlord and as a member of Parliament, he could be useful in rounding up others to toil in Aga Khan's underground sugar caves.) 

Though a majority of Canadians may support public taxes being used for religious schooling, they are missing the point. With government money (read: wrongfully used taxpayer money) comes government talking points. Soon, every schoolchild will proclaim the virtues of their glorious Chinese and Islamist overlords like a certain fruity incompetent prime minister did. That is not the purpose of schools:

What do we take away from this? It is clear that activists petitioning for the cutting off of religious school funding are out of step with the majority of Canadians. Additionally a court ruling in Saskatchewan threatening provincial funding for non-Catholic students in Catholic schools is also out of step with widespread public sentiment. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, support is especially high where upwards of 70 percent support full or partial funding of religious schools. Governments that fiddle with those funding arrangements do so at their peril.

Parents want a diversity of educational options. For many of those parents, particularly those in Ontario and in the Atlantic provinces, the choice to get their kids into schools that reflect their religious beliefs and values involves great financial sacrifice. In the vast majority of cases, religious schools aren’t elite schools reserved for the wealthy. They are small schools, often in rural or semi-rural settings. So, it stands to reason that 61 percent of Ontarians and 52 percent of Atlantic Canadians also say they’d like to see at least partial government funding for religious schools.

If the mainstream view in Canada is support for some level of government funding of religious and faith-based schools, what about the minority view? The poll doesn’t get at why opposition to funding exists. But if the opposition is based on concerns about the type of Canadians such schools turn out, that’s worth a closer look.

The audacity of undeserved entitlement:

The family of an Indigenous rights advocate is considering legal action against an Ontario organ transplant agency after she was denied access to a liver transplant wait list based on a history of alcohol use disorder.

Delilah Saunders, 26, an Inuk woman from Happy Valley Goose Bay, N.L., remained in critical condition after being admitted to an Ottawa hospital Friday afternoon. She was diagnosed with acute liver failure. ...

The agency that co-ordinates organ and tissue donations in Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), says in a document outlining its "listing criteria" for transplant patients that if they have any of the following, they aren't candidates for liver transplantation:

- Unstable psychiatric disorder, especially one likely to interfere with compliance.
- Any alcohol and/or illicit drug misuse within six months. For patients with alcohol-associated liver disease, the inability to abstain from alcohol and/or illicit drug use for six months.
- Previous documentation or current unwillingness or inability to follow the advice of health professionals.
- Social support/compliance issues "prohibiting adherence" to medications and/or followup care after surgery.

In an emailed statement to CBC News, TGLN said the criteria were based on "jurisdictional reviews and advice from expert working groups" with whom they are currently finalizing a three-year pilot program "to determine if there is an evidence-based basis to change the criteria."

TGLN wasn't able to clarify how people with histories of alcohol use disorder would become eligible under the program, but it's expected to launch in August. ​In the interim, TGLN said, "the listing criteria for liver transplants remain unchanged."

The policy is consistent with most transplant programs in North America, but Saunders's family and friends say they're worried she may not be able to wait that long.

Moore, who calls the six-month sobriety policy "discriminatory," said the doctor who initially treated Saunders referred to the listing criteria and confirmed Tuesday that Saunders was ineligible.

One cannot lie to get into the country. Having said that, if they go, so should Maryam Monsef and Omar Khadr's worthless family:

Also - that may be but they are not Liberal voters:

This is what is called being gotten to and I'm sure it is propaganda boon:

A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang.

And why would people defect? Perhaps because Kim Jong-Un is mad:

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is disciplining the leadership of his country’s most powerful military organization, the latest sign of his efforts to tighten his grip on party elites and the armed forces amid a nuclear standoff with the United States, South Korea’s main intelligence agency said Monday.

Analysts and experts pay close attention to any signs of rumbling within the secretive regime in Pyongyang, seeking to determine possible implications for the stability of Kim’s rule and for his nuclear and missile programs. They have said that Kim appeared to be using his tactic of instilling fear in the elites in order to strengthen his control as the country braced for the pain that is likely to result from recently imposed U.N. sanctions.

During a closed-door parliamentary briefing Monday, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that the North’s General Political Bureau was being “audited” by the country’s leadership for the first time in 20 years. The military organization’s director, Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, and his deputies were “punished,” according to lawmakers who briefed reporters after the session.

If Kim is "punishing" his deputies, that means they are unhappy with Kim and he knows it.

The cracks are showing.


The crisis over North Korea’s weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of “sleepwalking” into conflict. 

And now, a pleasant story:

Bear — a fluffy, husky puppy from Iqaluit — found a home just in time for Christmas.

But it wasn't easy.

Her new foster parents had to first battle an long-standing Iqaluit bylaw: "A household shall have no more than three dogs over the age of four months."

Deatra Walsh, Gerald Manning and their daughter Drew already had three dogs: a small pug named Peg who moved to Iqaluit with the family; a terrier named Jake that a neighbour couldn't care for anymore; and Tayo, the labrador-cross they saved from being sent to an Ottawa shelter.

"Needless to say, we're dog lovers. Or perhaps we're just crazy," said Walsh, presenting her family's story in front of City Council Tuesday.

"Gerald drove by the Humane Society ... last week, and he spied a puppy," said Walsh, explaining that they wanted to adopt Bear who was about to get sent to an SPCA in Quebec.

After applying, the family discovered the by-law was stopping them from adopting Bear.

The Iqaluit Humane Society only allowed the family to temporarily foster the husky.

Walsh gave examples of how the family takes good care of their dog family.

Her plea for an exception was met with much sympathy.

"We have a flaw in our bylaw that needs some attention," said Coun. Joanasie Akumalik.

Many councillors agreed, including the Mayor.

God bless us, everyone!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mid-Week Post

A merry Hanukkah to all y'all.

Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

Liberals unethical?

Liberals followed a secretive, unethical process to nominate a new ethics commissioner and force a decision before a long winter break, opposition parties say.

“It’s just ragingly incompetent and frustrating and cynical,” New Democrat ethics critic Nathan Cullen said Tuesday.

He wondered if Mario Dion, whose work as Public Service Integrity Commissioner was panned by Canada’s auditor general, was fit for the job. But “it’s impossible,” he said, to figure that out in his allotted seven-minute question-and-answer period during a last-minute, one-hour committee meeting the day after Dion’s nomination was announced.

Conservatives agree that Liberals did not respect a legislated requirement to involve the opposition in Dion’s nomination. “We find very unacceptable the lack of meaningful consultation,” said ethics critic Peter Kent, though emphasizing that he took no issue with Dion as a candidate and “it is most important that we don’t have a lack of continuity between commissioners.”
And this is part of the problem.

Not only did Mario Dion promise not to further investigate Morneau and Trudeau but he was brought in secretively. This is how the Liberals can get away with things. No one - not a voter nor a member of parliament - ever stops them.

Because farmers and waitresses are greedy and money-grubbing:

The Liberals are tweaking a proposal that, as of Jan. 1, would tighten existing rules enabling small-business owners to lower their tax burden by distributing earnings among family members who do not make significant contributions to their companies -- a practice known as income sprinkling.

Remember - Liberal voters wanted this.

Also, they wanted this:

Canadians are eating out more and can expect to pay extra to do so in 2018, suggests a forward-looking report into food prices.

Food inflation overall is expected to rise between one and three per cent next year, says Canada’s Food Price Report, which was crafted jointly for the first time by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.

For an average family of four, that represents an increase of $348 to about $11,948 for the year.
About 59 per cent of the expected hike — $208 — will come from consumers eating out and opting for prepared food.

“Most of (the increase) will come from food service which would make some consumers a bit vulnerable — particularly those who don’t cook or (who) eat out a lot,” lead researcher Sylvain Charlebois said in an interview from Halifax.

“But if you are cooking and you rely mainly on grocery stores to get your food, you should be in good shape for 2018.”

Yes, about that:

If the price of gasoline goes up, the cost of food goes up, because it costs more to transport food to market.

So does the price of electricity, in any province that uses fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, to produce it.

To wit:

"The prime minister was the star attraction at this exclusive cash for access event with Chinese billionaires," said Tory MP Blaine Calkins during Tuesday's question period.

"Zhang Bin is a political advisor to the Chinese government, and after attending the event, he and his partner ... donated $1 million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation including $50,000 to build a statue of the former prime minister.

"We know the prime minister's love for the Chinese dictatorship, so what exactly did he promise the Chinese for their million dollar donation?" asked the Red Deer-Lacombe MP.

Trudeau did not stand to answer Calkins, having earlier addressed a broader question from interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose who wanted to know why Trudeau continues to attend fundraisers with "millionaires."

In 1998, Ji’s family decided to flee North Korea but were caught in China and immediately repatriated.

Her sister was sold to an older man, her mother was beaten and their father went missing. Ji tried to escape to China again but was repatriated and sent to a North Korean political prison.

Years later, after she eventually escaped to South Korea, Ji spoke about her horrifying experiences at the camps.

She said North Korean women who got pregnant in China were forced to have abortions when they were returned to North Korea.

“Pregnant women were forced to harsh labour all day,” she said. “Because North Korea does not allow mixed ethnicities, they make women who become pregnant in China to miscarry by forcing them to harsh labour.”

Fat chance of this happening:

As Australia continues to reel from lurid revelations about the extent of Beijing’s influence-peddling, espionage and propaganda operations in that country, Conservative Senator Linda Frum says Ottawa should follow Canberra’s example by launching an inquiry into the extent of Beijing’s subterfuge in Canada, and by tightening laws to prevent Beijing from meddling in Canadian political processes.  ...

Senator Frum says Canada’s laws banning direct foreign donations to political parties are sufficiently robust, but third-party groups registered under the Canada Elections Act can still get away with using foreign money to influence voters, as long as the money is donated six months before an election. “It’s just so obvious that for the purpose of elections, there should not be any foreign funds coming in,” Frum said. “It should be prohibited.”

It should be obvious, but former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien led his first Team Canada emissaries to Beijing way back in 1994, so Beijing has had a head start of nearly a quarter of century in sloshing money and influence around Canada. What might seem obvious and sensible to most Canadians won’t necessarily look that way in Ottawa.

I repeat myself:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to defend his party's fundraising methods in the House of Commons Tuesday after media reports emerged revealing he attended a fundraiser with Chinese businessmen who went on to donate $1 million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

But ... but ... it's legal!

There is little to no research to support the supposed benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family doctors’ associations across Canada are telling their members.

A trio of advisories prepared by the Alberta College of Family Physicians has been distributed to more than 32,000 clinicians, summarizing the scientific literature, or lack thereof, around medicinal marijuana.

“One thing that was quite consistent was adverse events,” said Dr. Mike Allan, a professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta. “And the benefits, even if they’re real, are much smaller than what people might anticipate.”

People voted to have their drugs taxed.

How good can drugs be?

Veterans Canada issues an apology after some bad press makes it look like a bunch of disorganised douches:

A top official at Veterans Affairs says the department was unaware last spring of widespread problems at April’s Vimy 100 ceremony in France but now takes full responsibility.
And he says part of the problem was the fancy French portable toilets. 

(Sidebar: yeah, that must have been it.)

“I’m deeply, deeply sorry. I regret to hear all of it, you can be sure … I accept full responsibility for that,” said Mike Jorgensen, a retired brigadier-general who is director general of the Veterans Affairs office that organizes overseas events.

“I’ve been deeply saddened to hear of the sad experiences that people had,” he said in an interview Tuesday.

His comments follow the disclosure this week of scores of complaints from visitors and criticism from Veterans Affairs staff on site. These were in documents obtained under access-to-information legislation.

Also in "incompetent @$$hole" news:

For the third time this month, federal cabinet minister Kent Hehr has been forced to defend himself against allegations he was rude and insensitive toward Canadians who came to him for help.

Why, it's like he's Justin but fatter.

Remember - Liberal voters are fine with this.

Andy, that is a terrible thing to say. Justin's mother would never let him buy a used van with his trust-fund. The "magic beans" experience has taught her a lot about his irresponsibility:

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer tried his hand at used car sales Tuesday to mock the Liberal government's decision to buy old Australian fighter jets.

"If the prime minister is so keen on buying fixer-uppers, will he come over? Because I've got an old minivan I'd love to show him," Scheer joked in question period.

The Tory leader was poking fun at how the Trudeau government plans to purchase 18 second-hand F-18 fighter jets from Australia, while also launching a competition to replace Canada's aging CF-18s with 88 new jets by as early as 2025.

But ... but ... Canadians are better than Americans or something!

  • The general trend in recent years is that a declining percentage of Canadian tax filers are donating to charity and they are donating less as a percentage of income.
  • Nationwide, a lower percentage of tax filers donated to charity in Canada (20.9%) than in the United States (24.5%). Similarly, Canadians (at 0.56%) gave a lower percentage of their aggregate income to charity than did Americans (at 1.43%).

Before I post this, one should be reminded of Ibn Warraq's wisdom:

An obsession with conspiracies leads to fatalism, a refusal to take charge of one's own destiny or to take responsibility for the manifest backwardness of one's own culture.

(Warraq, Ibn. Why the West Is the Best. Encounter Books, 2011. pg. 159)


Muslim leaders on Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. ...
Iran, locked in a regional rivalry with Saudi Arabia, said the Muslim world should overcome internal problems through dialogue so it could unite against Israel. Tehran has repeatedly called for the destruction of the Israeli state and backs several militant groups in their fight against it. 

“America is only seeking to secure the maximum interests of the Zionists and it has no respect for the legitimate rights of Palestinians,” Rouhani told the summit.

(Sidebar: why wasn't the Muslim world united when ISIS was driving their co-religionists from their homes?)

One band of anti-semites can do it alone. This is a global effort.

Never trust the popular press:

The lack of Okinawan media coverage of Trujillo’s unhesitant courage to help a stranger is perhaps not entirely shocking, given the often strained relationship between Okinawan political and media organizations and the American military, which has maintained multiple facilities on the islands since the end of World War II. However, regardless of the sociopolitical debate about the U.S. military presence, Keiichi Takagi, head of Sankei News’ Naha (Okinawa) Bureau, finds the lack of respect shown for Trujillo’s sacrifice deplorable, saying:
“Cars regularly drive along the Okinawa Expressway at speeds of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour. Getting out into the road is incredibly dangerous, but Trujillo sacrificed his own safety to save the life of a Japanese citizen. It is thanks to Trujillo’s courageous actions that the driver of the car was able to escape with only light injuries. Ignoring what he did is conduct unbecoming media and news organizations, and as a citizen of Japan, I find it shameful. I am praying for Trujillo’s swift recovery.”

And now, grammar lessons from Christmas carols:

God rest you merry, gentlemen

Notice the comma placement there? The gentlemen in this phrase are not necessarily taken to be merry already. It’s not “Hey, you! You merry gentlemen! God rest you!” It’s “Hey, you gentlemen over there! May God rest you merry!”

(Merci beaucoup)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Desolation of Smug

And, boy, is there a lot of smug going around!

Case in point:

.....two former supreme court justices agree on the essential but overlooked aspect of the Liberals small business tax changes....which is to open small business to a boatload of Canada Revenue Agency audits and litigation. 

How dare small businesses attempt to make a living?!

The Senate has voted against calling mutilating children "barbaric" because - in Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer's words - "By pairing these two words, we are instead removing the agency from the individual committing an action that is clearly wrong and associating it instead with a cultural group at large. We are implying that these practices are part of cultures and that these cultures are barbaric.” .

Yes, about that:

A website serving Calgary Muslims has raised eyebrows by making a lengthy pitch for female circumcision, arguing the practice has “immense” value and blaming its poor reputation on Jewish-controlled media.

The provocative blog post by a foreign Islamic scholar drew strong rebukes this week from researchers and advocates concerned about female-genital mutilation, and from a major Jewish group. ...

The post by Asiff Hussein, affiliated with the Centre for Islamic Studies in Sri Lanka, promises to explain “how misogynists and feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women.”

It says circumcision should only involve removal of the clitoral prepuce, a procedure it says leads to enhanced sexual enjoyment for women, and argues it is endorsed by the Hadith, sacred interpretations of the Prophet Mohammed’s words.


Abu al- Malih ibn `Usama's father relates that the Prophet said: "Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women."


More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.

The practice is not only barbaric (there's that word again) but widely accepted. So, yes, Miss Jaffer, pairing this awful practice with a culture is both accurate and appropriate. You and Liberal voters may feel differently but one might wager you have never undergone at the whims of a man something that made you incontinent.

 Good boy. Do as you're told:

The Liberal government’s nominee for federal ethics watchdog won’t commit to completing ongoing investigations into the prime minister or finance minister if he gets the job.

But Mario Dion told the House of Commons ethics committee that if he is appointed, reviewing the files would be a top priority.

“One of the first things I would attend to (is) review the whole genesis of those investigations,” Dion said.

“I would own the final result and therefore I have to assess what has been done to date to determine whether I am supportive of that, but abandoning an investigation completely without reason is not something I would do.”

Outgoing conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is currently looking into a trip Justin Trudeau took last Christmas to a private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, billionaire philanthropist and family friend of Trudeau’s.

She is also investigating Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s involvement in new pension legislation that could benefit the company founded by his father and in which Morneau, until recently, still owned shares.

Both issues are hot political potatoes for the government. But there’s no guarantee those reviews will be completed before Dawson leaves her post on Jan. 8 and, more troubling for Opposition parties, there’s no requirement for her successor to do so.

But I thought that a Canadian is a Canadian and was entitled to $10.5 million for acts of terrorism?

Canada’s immigration minister has started a court action to revoke citizenship from a man accused of Bosnian war crimes who was allowed into Canada in 1997 and granted citizenship in 2004.

So, a Bosnian war criminal is bad but Omar Khadr is good?

Right ...

Total consistency there. Really working.

Also - one would assume that such sentiments were, at best, fatuous, as Trudeau has demonstrated on several occasions that he possesses neither brains nor integrity:

A Saskatchewan man has received a two-year suspended sentence for making online threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Derek Hurrell, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of uttering threats earlier this year. According to the Crown prosecutor, Hurrell posted on Facebook stating he wanted to "blow out" Justin Trudeau's brains.

In May, Hurrell was arrested near the town of Borden, Sask., located about 50 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. The investigation began after police in New Brunswick notified the RCMP's national security enforcement section.

In Saskatoon provincial court, Prosecutor Mike Segu told court this should not be treated as an ordinary threats charge, as it was directed at the prime minister.

Hurrell had no direct contact with Trudeau.

Because the only the top coward can be exempt from both criticism and personal injury. Screw the   proles.

And - killing terrorists makes them win somehow:
We have become scared of killing terrorists. Last week, the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, sparked outrage for stating that, ‘quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain’. Williamson suggested that government policy should be to kill ISIS fighters before they return to the UK wherever possible. He was hardly engaging with the difficult questions surrounding returning terror suspects by pointing out that a dead terrorist has been effectively neutralised. They’re dead after all. However, the reaction to this banal statement was far more shocking. Many argued that it is always wrong to kill people without first applying due process.

Maiming and killing Yazidis is always wrong, too, but no one seems to care about that.

There are only 1.7 million aboriginals (or variations thereof) and only 260,550 fluent speakers of an aboriginal language (of which there are seventy) in Canada. The forced interpretation of regional languages no one understands is, at the very least, an exercise in folly:

Ottawa is boosting its roster of Indigenous language interpreters in the House of Commons, even as MPs grapple with whether to move beyond the chamber's two official languages, English and French.

Unlike problems caused by illegal cigarettes and guns:

Indigenous leaders looking at the prospect of legalized marijuana in Canada say they don't see a route to riches, but rather a serious risk that the black market in pot will set its sights on their vulnerable communities.

I'm waiting for the about-face where selling marijuana will be key to Big Reconciliation.

Palliative care is a more compassionate but less money-saving option, so ... :

A private member's bill is about to become law and its goal is to make end-of-life health care better for Canadians from coast to coast.

Bill C-277, also known as the "Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act," is expected to receive Royal Assent on Tuesday and become law.

The bill calls on the government to come up with a cohesive plan for people in palliative care that bridges the provinces and gives people who are dying the option of quality end-of-life care.

Palliative care physician at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, Dr. Darren Cargill, said he's "very happy" and impressed by the bill. 

"What I like is the emphasis on improving access to palliative care," Cargill said. "It's not where we'd like it to be... In many areas access is below average or poor and certainly improving that for patients is key."

Cargill said there are "tremendous gaps" when it comes to end of life care across the country. He hopes that this bill will help make it easier to bring that care where the patients are — whether that's in hospital, long-term care facilities or at home.

In other news:

Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City’s subway system, officials said Tuesday.

Bangladesh’s government condemned the attack, saying it opposes all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.

U.S. authorities have identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant. Ullah is accused of strapping a crude pipe bomb to his body and detonating it during rush hour Monday in an attack in which only he was seriously wounded.

The US State Department has revoked visas for Haitians crawling north:

American authorities say an ongoing operation along their northern border has led them to revoke U.S.-issued travel visas for thousands of people, most of whom were headed to Canada to claim asylum.

Some, according to a U.S. State Department report, are associated with terrorist groups.

The revocations happened as part of what's called Operation Northern Watch, which focuses on criminal activity such as visa fraud, human smuggling and terrorist threats at the Canada-U.S. border.

Since the operation began in January 2015, authorities have revoked approximately 2,400 visas that were issued from 85 different American diplomatic posts abroad.

"Although some suspects have committed crimes in the United States, the vast majority of the individuals referred through Operation Northern Watch are individuals intending to claim asylum in Canada or have already claimed asylum," reads the annual report of the State Department's diplomatic security service (DSS).

"Included in this group were individuals with ties to designated terrorist organizations."

Jew hatred? One could say that again:

Trump is under fire from international political leaders and diplomats because they say by taking Israel’s side on the issue of who controls Jerusalem, Trump has set back the peace process and eliminated the U.S. as an “honest broker” in negotiating the two-state solution.

But if it’s a diplomatic crisis, why the violence against not only Israel, but Jews? ...

The violence, however, is being fomented mainly by those in the Arab and Muslim world and its diaspora, who have a different agenda when it comes to Israel.

They don’t want a peace process that culminates in Israel and a new Palestinian state living in peace.
They want to destroy Israel.

But ... but ... global warming!

“The video shows what appears to be an old male in declining health, but clear clinical signs of starvation aren’t obvious (e.g. convulsions),” said longtime polar bear biologist Andrew Derocher in an email. In a series of tweets, Arctic wildlife biologist Jeff Higdon similarly speculated that the animal could be suffering from an aggressive form of bone cancer. “That bear is starving, but (in my opinion) it’s not starving because the ice suddenly disappeared and it could no longer hunt seals,” he wrote, noting that bears routinely survive long stretches of ice-free water during the summer. “It’s far more likely that it is starving due to health issues,” he added. However, noted University of Alberta polar bear researcher Ian Stirling disputed that it was an older bear, pointing out the lack of scarring around the animal’s neck. In an email, Stirling added that it’s impossible to know for sure what caused the bear’s emaciation, but it “is what a starving bear would look like, regardless of the cause.”

Does China know something the rest of us do not?

A Chinese county along the border with North Korea is constructing refugee camps intended to house thousands of migrants fleeing a possible crisis on the Korean Peninsula, according to an internal document that appears to have been leaked from China’s main state-owned telecommunications company.


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.


A North Korean defector has spoken about the horrific human right violations she says she witnessed in the state’s prison camps — including starved prisoners fed to dogs.

Speaking at the UN Monday, Ji Hyeon A described how she was forced to have an abortion when she was three months pregnant. She pleaded with the world to take action.

And a merry Hanukkah to all y'all:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

(Merci beaucoup)