Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Post

This just in:

Police have confirmed nine people are dead and 16 are injured after a van rammed into a crowd of people walking on Yonge Street in north Toronto. ...

The suspect attempted to flee and then pointed at what is believed to be a weapon at the police:

A van struck and killed nine pedestrians Monday afternoon in north Toronto and fled the scene, Canadian police said. Sixteen others were injured in the incident. Authorities said the van has been found and the driver was in custody. Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu said authorities do not yet know the cause or reason for the collision.

CBS News sources identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25.

U.S. law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act. 

Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said it was too soon to say whether the crash was a case of international terrorism. He said Canada has not changed its terrorism alert level and he has no information that would suggest a need to do so.

This Ralph Goodale:

On Monday, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel accused PM Justin Trudeau of hiding the number of fighters who have returned, asking for an exact count. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stood up to offer the response: “in the order of 60.”

That was the number that hit the headlines and got Canadians talking. But it’s far from accurate. The first clue comes from reading Goodale’s full remark: “As the director of CSIS indicated before a parliamentary committee some months ago, the number of returns known to the Government of Canada is in the order of 60, and they are under very careful investigation.”

Some months ago? Try more than a year and a half ago.
 
Video of the aftermath, including the suspect.

 
More to come.




The Liberals are so arrogant that they don't feel they need to explain to Canadians how much carbon taxes will cost them:

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre will ask the House of Commons this week to force the government to show Canadians how much more they can expect to pay for gas, heat and groceries once every Canadian will be charged a $50 per tonne carbon tax.

Poilievre says he knows the government has the information because access to information requests he filed produced a finance department memo that says there is an analysis of the potential impact of a carbon price, based on household consumption data across different income levels.

However, he says the actual data from the analysis is blacked out.

From the most "transparent" government in the country's history.




Nova Scotia gave the federal Liberals valuable seats in the 2015 election. That is why it can drill for oil and Alberta and Saskatchewan can't build pipelines or refuse to pay carbon taxes:

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is defending BP Canada’s plans to drill a deep-water exploration well roughly 330 kilometres off the coast of Halifax.

This comes one day after the oil and gas company was granted approval by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB).

Also:

The federal cabinet gave the green light to both Trans Mountain and Line 3 — the largest project in the history of Enbridge — on the same day in November 2016. And while work on Line 3 has already started on the Canadian side of the border, the regulatory agency tasked with approving construction through Minnesota has so far held off granting necessary permissions amid intense local opposition.

If Enbridge fails to secure a state permit and route approval, Line 3 could join the list of other major natural resources projects approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that have failed to launch.



Today in "the Liberals are a bunch of disgusting creeps" news:

Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party’s convention in Halifax this weekend.

Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party, with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbencher on Parliament Hill.

In a statement released to the media and sent to Liberal MPs and staff Sunday, Drouin said he wanted to address “reports of an incident” in Halifax.

“I can confirm that an allegation has been made,” said Drouin. “I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported. While no charges have been laid against me, I am co-operating fully with the investigation.”

**


The United Nations has launched an investigation after a former senior official with links to a British charity was arrested over serious child sex offences.

Police allege they found 60-year-old Peter Dalglish with two boys aged 12 and 14 in the same room when they launched a dawn raid at his idyllic mountainside home in Nagarkot, near Kathmandu, Nepal, earlier this month. …

Dalglish, whose net worth has been estimated at more than £5 million, has met Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and Princess Anne through his humanitarian work.


(Sidebar: yes, about that ...)

**


Justin Trudeau and Kent Hehr — a former minister who resigned from the prime minister’s cabinet over allegations of inappropriate conduct with women — were among the Liberals who attended a sexual harassment training session Saturday.

The hour-long session, which was closed to the media, marked the first time the ruling party has broached the issue of harassment at one of its national conventions.


Also - knowing full well that he cannot win due to competent and principled leadership, Justin resurrects some tired, old bogey-men tropes all the while forgetting about the pervies in his midst:

In a partisan speech to supporters, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau depicted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as a replica of former prime minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party as a movement fanning the flames of divisive populism.

Neither Stephen Harper nor Andrew Scheer embarrassed the country while in India, Justin, or fast-tracked illegal migrants to a province that isn't Quebec.

So there's that.


And:

Laughably, Trudeau accused the Conservatives of pushing the “politics of fear and division,” and called Scheer “Stephen Harper with a smile,” adding, “And if there’s one thing — and there may be only one thing — we’ve learned about the Conservative party under Mr. Scheer’s leadership, it’s this: It may be Andrew Scheer’s smile. But it’s still Stephen Harper’s party. The same policies. The same politics of fear and division.”
Trudeau seems to be ignoring the fact that his approval ratings are actually lower than Stephen Harper’s were at a similar time in the previous government.

Then, showing even less self-awareness, Trudeau said he was practicing “sunny ways,” and said “Positive politics means you fight for your ideas – you don’t demonize your opponents.”



They're just voters blocks:

Last year, RCMP intercepted a total of 20,493 people who crossed the border illegally. That means they did not present at an official port-of-entry and instead came across the border through unofficial paths to make a refugee claim in Canada. So far this year, 6,373 irregular migrants have arrived in Canada this way. That’s an increase of 128 per cent over the number who arrived in Canada between January and April 2017, which was 2,784.



It's just money:

But charging Ontarians less for electricity than it cost to produce meant the province would have to borrow billions of dollars to cover the shortfall.

“In order for that to not show up on the bottom line, they created creative accounting to take it off the government’s statements,” Ms. Lysyk said.

Using that new accounting, the government declared it had balanced the province’s books for the fiscal year ended Mar. 31, 2018, just months before a general election. But Ms. Lysyk said that was not true. And the Financial Accountability Office, the body responsible for providing the legislative assembly with independent analysis and advice on Ontario’s finances, agreed: In December, it forecast that the province would actually rack up a deficit of $4-billion – a discrepancy that will grow markedly as the government’s off-balance-sheet borrowing continues. 

Ms. Lysyk said she’s worried that the Wynne government’s success in concealing its borrowing will encourage more aggressive bookkeeping, both in Ontario and in other provinces.

“If you get away with doing something that’s inappropriate accounting, the next time you’ll do it again and you’ll do it again,” she said. “Pretty soon they won’t have any numbers that will have any integrity behind them.”



The gauntlet, it has been thrown:

Lawyers representing former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown on Monday filed a statement of claim in Superior Court against CTV, which first reported accusations of sexual misconduct levied by two women.

Brown is seeking more than $8 million in damages from CTV, a division of Bell Media. The statement of claim also names several reporters and producers with the media organization.

On Jan. 24, CTV published an online article with allegations from two women that pertained to Brown's time as a Tory MP in Barrie. One of the women alleged that she was still in high school when Brown plied her with alcohol and attempted to coerce her to perform oral sex, details that would later change in subsequent CTV reports.



South Korea has halted its propaganda broadcasts. By this time, I think most North Koreans have seen at least one episode of  "Longing Heart" and are pretty convinced that they have been screwed over.




Trump rejects the idea that he is pushing a potential peace deal in North Korea too quickly. I argue that given that North Korea has lied so many times before, this deal will not materialise:

As negotiations over a summit meeting with the ruler of North Korea accelerate, President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed any suggestion that he had made too many concessions at the outset of an unpredictable and potentially volatile diplomatic exercise.

From his Florida estate, Trump took to Twitter to criticize Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, who had questioned on his program whether the president had gotten anything in return for the “huge gift” he had given the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, by agreeing to meet with him.

On the show, Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, had an answer teed up – that the North Koreans had given the United States “an agreement to stop testing” nuclear weapons.

But from his Twitter account, the president chose to answer Todd directly.

“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing,” Trump wrote. “Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!”

North Korea has not in fact agreed to denuclearization. It has told the South Koreans that it is willing to discuss the issue, but Kim has made no such statement to his own people, as he did with his declaration that his country did not need to conduct further nuclear testing.

Experts inside and outside the U.S. government believe that Kim’s ultimate goal is to have his country recognized as a nuclear power even as he offers enough concessions – some potentially largely symbolic – to press the United States into easing crippling economic sanctions.



And now, to commemorate (this past) Earf Day, here are some of Earf Day's greatest apocalyptic hits:

Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 issue of Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”




(Merci beaucoup)


Friday, April 20, 2018

And the Rest of It

Yep ...



This is the same government that can punish one for buying beer elsewhere and can't balance a budget:

 A Liberal MP urged convention delegates Friday to support a policy proposal to implement universal access to necessary medicines, arguing it's an issue their party should own going into next year's election, not the NDP.

Oakville MP John Oliver made the remark during a workshop focused on health and social development issues. He is sponsoring a resolution to amend the Canada Health Act to include necessary medicines under covered services. It's one of 30 resolutions that have made it to convention.

"Friends, this is Liberal business. This is ours to finish, not the NDP," Oliver said. "Let's hit the door in 2019 with pharmacare in our pockets."

And there one has it. The craven lust for political advancement.


Also - an unauthorised list of Justin's lies (his gaffes would take volumes).




MP Michelle Rempel argues that making the entire Canadian border a point-of-entry would help stop the flow of illegal migrants.

FGM apologist Ahmed Hussen has no answer for that:

During a recent showdown in Question Period, Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel asked Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to stop giving excuses, and finally explain how he will end the growing illegal border crossing crisis.

Hussen responded with excuses.

He even tried to shift blame to the Conservatives, for not voting in favour of more government spending on ‘processing’ illegal border crossers.
Despicably, he then tried to attack the Conservatives on the issue of resettling survivors of Islamic State brutality (or “Daesh” as Hussen referred to it). What makes that argument by Hussen so absurd is that for many months the Conservatives were demanding that the Trudeau government do more to bring Yazidi refugees to Canada, while the Liberals slow-walked it. In fact, Rempel was a key leader of the effort to help the Yazidis.

That man is a piece of sh--.


Also:

ISIS members who return to Canada from Syria and Iraq could have knowledge of chemical weapons and put it to use in a terrorist attack, according to internal government documents obtained by Global News.

The documents said the so-called Islamic State had repeatedly used chlorine and mustard gas in Syria and Iraq, raising the prospect of their use in Canada by returning foreign fighters.
 
How could this go wrong?


And - this b!#ch should be a fine mist:

A mother of four from Indiana is sharing how she became involved with ISIS — and why she and her children are now being held in a Syrian-Kurdish jail.

She can stay there.




MP Scott Simms may not regret his principled stand against Justin's fascism but Justin, being the petty narcissist that he is, will hold it against him:

Justin Trudeau’s authoritarian instincts emerged once again, as he punished Liberal MP Scott Simms for voting his conscience.

Simms – the MP for Coast of Bays — Central — Notre Dame – voted in favour of a Conservative motion that opposed Trudeau’s Canada Summer Jobs ‘values test.’

The widely-opposed policy forced Canadian faith organizations to sign a statement going against their most deeply held beliefs, or have their funding taken away.
After Simms voted his conscience, Trudeau removed him from his position as chair of the Commons Fisheries Committee.


You should have crossed the floor, Scott.




Bishops back a fight against a partisan effort to humiliate Pope Francis on behalf of Big Aboriginal:

Catholic bishops were on Parliament Hill Wednesday to fight back against a motion supported by NDP and Liberal MPs, but opposed by some Conservatives, that calls on Pope Francis to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools. 

Tension over the issue has been escalating after the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a letter last month saying Pope Francis felt he could not personally respond to the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for a formal apology.

The Commons motion was temporarily blocked on Wednesday after its introduction was denied unanimous consent by some Conservative MPs, who argued it’s not Parliament’s role to tell a church what to do. But NDP MP Charlie Angus, who spearheaded the motion, said it will be reintroduced without needing unanimity, and will come to a full vote — possibly as soon as next week.

The Catholic bishops gave a variety of reasons for opposing the motion, including that the Vatican was not directly involved with the schools, that Pope Benedict had already “expressed sorrow and regret for the abuses suffered in the residential schools” in 2009, and that Pope Francis has said he’s open to coming to Canada and meeting with Indigenous leaders.



Is Doug Ford still like Trump? :

Ontario’s Progressive leader says he would end the millions of dollars in per-vote subsidies the government pays to parties like his, calling it “political welfare” and bad for democracy.





Why would Maxime Bernier even think of writing such a vengeful screed before an election? Why? :

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier announced Wednesday he has indefinitely postponed the publication of his new book in which he criticizes party leader Andrew Scheer.

“After consideration, for the sake of maintaining harmony within our party, I have decided to postpone its publication indefinitely,” Bernier wrote on Twitter.

Talk about self-defeating.




How four people attempted to save the life of an unfortunate passenger and an entire airplane:

The cowboy, the fireman, the nurse, the pilot: A foursome of strangers aboard Southwest Flight 1380 is being praised for bravery after a catastrophic engine failure shattered an airliner window, sucking a passenger halfway out at 32,000 feet.

Three passengers, who were at first described by witnesses only by their garb or occupation, rushed through the frightening chaos to help the woman drawn out of one of the plane’s side oval windows as the pilot made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.



Ladies and gentlemen, the "Angel of Dieppe":

Sister Agnès-Marie Valois, who earned the nickname “Angel of Dieppe” for her defiance in treating Canadian soldiers on the beach of Dieppe during the disastrous Second World War raid, has died, aged 103.

Valois became an iconic hero to Canada’s veterans for defying Nazi authorities on the bloodstained beach who ordered her to treat wounded German soldiers before aiding the Canadians.

“She is known for standing up to the German soldiers; they held a gun up to her to treat the German injured first, but she just looked at everyone as equal — regardless of rank, regardless of nation, regardless of who or what you are she treats those who needed help the most,” said Hardy Wheeler, a retired lieutenant colonel with the Essex and Kent Scottish regiment, one of the first units to hit the beach of Dieppe.



Suddenly, This Summer

Follow the money:

I’ve traced more than US$100 million that has gone to First Nations groups opposed to resource development. To those in favour? NOTHING. NOT ONE PENNY from U.S. sources. Big BIG thank you to the courageous First Nations going against the flow.

This:

First Nations court challenges that allege inadequate consultation and seek to overturn federal and B.C. approval of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion have been overshadowed by recent debate on federal and provincial powers to regulate oil transport.

Yes, about that:

Matthew said leaders like Phillip have misled many Indigenous people about the role of pipelines and resource projects.

He’s full of crap. A lot of elected leaders have a responsibility to look after the welfare of their people. Stewart Phillip has none of those responsibilities. He stands on his soapbox because he doesn’t have to answer to anyone. Quite honestly, he’s hurting a lot of people in rural communities who depend on these major projects,” said Matthew.

Ross also condemned a “vocal minority” who want to block Trans Mountain.

“What really bugs me most of all is that that these leaders opposing the project do not care about individuals suffering in poverty. These leaders are getting all their perks and are leading the opposition to people digging themselves out of poverty,” he said.

Matthew is now a private business-owner but was part of the negotiating team that hammered out a mutual-benefit agreement on behalf of the Simpcw with Kinder Morgan, a process that took 18 months.


Not that Mr. Ineffectual cares:

For now your straws and swizzle sticks are safe. Prime Minister Trudeau is not (yet) going along with Britain’s Theresa May in her fierce campaign to ban the drinking straw. It is a tribute to the wily manoeuvres and insidious influence of the international straw lobby that our PM “refused to be pinned down” and remained “noncommittal” on the menace of the common drinking straw to the planet’s ecosystems. On so grand a question he felt it better to defer till at least a full convocation of the world’s great economies, the G7. Wise man.

It was a severe disappointment to those hoping for Trudeau leadership on the straw cartel. After all, straws are, as one environmentalist noted, just small pipelines for CO2-saturated, atmosphere-degrading soft drinks. “Anyone can stand up to the oil lobby, but the gnomes of the international straw trade … ?”  Well, that’s a different set of emissions. ...

Regardless of any future court resolutions, any accommodations worked out between the Alberta and B.C. governments, there remain the ninjas of extreme environmentalism: the various and legion NGOs, the acrobats of Greenpeace, the dubious think-tanks and “charities,” the foundations, foreign and domestic, the radical Indigenous groupings — all consortia who have been fully baptized and subscribe to every dogma of the science-settled Church of the Latter Day Apocalyptics of Global Warming. Professional scofflaws all, who claim the virtue of their cause is supreme over law, government, the national economy, or any other perspective other than their self-declared mission.

Not to worry.


What Justin and the sanctimonious but well-funded rag-tag groups of green sanctimony won't do, the market will:

British Columbia should prepare for a tumultuous summer as Alberta plans to retaliate against pipeline roadblocks by turning off the taps, says a petroleum industry analyst.

The sudden loss of oil export from Alberta to the west coast would wreak havoc on the B.C. economy, said Dan McTeague, a senior analyst with the website GasBuddy.com.

Already high gas prices would surge beyond $2 per litre and limited supplies would quickly run dry, McTeague said.

"Beyond just the price shock, you would also have some trouble servicing all your gas stations," McTeague said.

"At least half of the stations would be going through rolling blackouts, or at least shutdowns, with stations having no fuel at all for several days."

Try ignoring the gas-starved motorist when he can't drive to work or to his one holiday in the past ten years.


Things might just get real.



(Merci beaucoup)

Beer and Popcorn





I guess we owe this guy an apology:

In a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled provincial trade barriers are constitutional as long as they’re aimed at a valid purpose within the province’s jurisdiction, with only an incidental effect on trade. 

Canada’s constitution simply “does not impose absolute free trade across Canada,” it declared.

The ruling concluded that New Brunswick’s prohibition on residents buying alcohol from anywhere other than the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation was constitutional because it isn’t primarily meant to stop interprovincial trade.

“The objective of the New Brunswick scheme is not to restrict trade across a provincial boundary, but to enable public supervision of the production, movement, sale and use of alcohol within New Brunswick,” the decision says.

“New Brunswick’s ability to exercise oversight over liquor supplies in the province would be undermined if non-Corporation liquor could flow freely across borders and out of the garages of bootleggers and home brewers.”

On its face, the case was about booze. But had the challenge been successful, the precedent could have struck down a massive swath of provincial trade barriers, from agricultural supply management to e-commerce to environmental controls. Crown attorneys from every province had lined up at the Supreme Court to argue against the challenge, with the federal government siding with them.

The ruling declared that allowing “full economic integration” within Canada would “significantly undermine the shape of Canadian federalism, which is built upon regional diversity within a single nation.” Federalism means there must be “space to each province to regulate the economy in a manner that reflects local concerns,” the court ruled.

Now will there be riots? I mean - this is beer, not governmental corruption or provincial favouritism and screwing over the rest of the country, issues that draw no grassroots ire.


The idea that the very fabric of the Dominion of Canada is threatened by an individual freely purchasing alcohol in another province where the prices may be more affordable and/or the brands more preferable or available is the biggest pantload. That this was determined by a small team of handpicked oligarchs is just the rotten cherry on the fetid cake.


I guess one can't expect a reaction where no one respects a country's borders or who hides behind them and why.



An Important Note

China does not like it when Canadians question or oppose Chinese state-run businesses taking over Canadian companies, even calling such opposition "immoral":

Beijing’s envoy says it is “immoral” for Canadians to oppose takeovers of their companies by Chinese government-controlled businesses and is denouncing national security scrutiny of these acquisitions.

Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye levied these accusations earlier this week at a symposium on his country’s $1-trillion Belt and Road Initiative to build infrastructure across Asia and Africa and Europe – an event also featuring a senior Canadian government official from the department of Global Affairs.

Mr. Lu, speaking to an Ottawa audience, urged Canada to “adjust its mindset” and embrace the idea that Beijing’s state-owned enterprises are not a national security threat.

He added said it’s futile to “demonize” state-run businesses – which in some cases receive direct or indirect subsidies from Beijing – because they comprise such a significant feature of the Chinese economy.

“Some people in Canada regard Chinese-state owned enterprises as monsters,” Mr. Lu said. “These people attempt to weaken the competitiveness of Chinese enterprises by defamation. These approaches are immoral and will be in vain.”
National security agencies in both Canada and the United States have previously warned that companies owned or partly owned by the Chinese government are not merely profit-seeking operations, but are also prone to passing on information or technology to Beijing and taking business decisions that could conflict with Canadian interests and serve the agenda of the ruling Communist Party of China.

More than 30 Chinese state-owned enterprises listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange have added the Communist Party to their corporate structures over the past year, giving a formal governance role to the entity that heads China’s authoritarian state as President Xi Jinping seeks more influence over these firms. 

Sarah Taylor, director-general of North Asia and Oceania at Global Affairs, shared the stage with Mr. Lu Tuesday night in Ottawa, but did not challenge or address the envoy’s toughly worded criticism. 

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said Ms. Taylor’s silence was reminiscent of what happened in 2016 when China’s visiting foreign minister publicly berated a Canadian journalist in front of then-foreign affairs minister Stéphane Dion.


To reiterate:

The communist government of China, which kills female infants, disregards bioethics as "Western", forcibly returns North Korean defectors, jails its own dissidents, demolishes churches and threatens war in the Pacific, wags its finger at a country it assumed would play ball. Gobsmacked by the sheer audacity of the Canadian population to complain about the Chinese state assuming control over Canadian-owned businesses, official mouthpieces don't seek to quiet such fears with verifiable information but quell them with admonishments.


To quote:

Mr. Lu, speaking to an Ottawa audience, urged Canada to “adjust its mindset” and embrace the idea that Beijing’s state-owned enterprises are not a national security threat.

Is that an order to disregard this? :

Huawei, the Chinese smartphone giant which has seen its ambitions to break into the U.S. market curbed by U.S. concerns about Chinese espionage, was dealt another blow as Best Buy made plans to stop carrying its phones.

Or this? :

Beginning in 2010, C.I.A. sources in China began disappearing; a dozen were reported executed and several more imprisoned. What had seemed a major success in establishing a network of C.I.A. spies inside China had been turned into a devastating intelligence failure. The C.I.A. and F.B.I., suspecting a mole, went on a secret hunt.Mr. Lee, who had been stationed in Beijing, emerged as a prime suspect. When he stepped off a flight in New York on Jan. 15, he was arrested by the F.B.I. and charged with unlawfully retaining documents related to the national defense.

How much "adjusting" is needed?


Is it like currency-adjusting or steel-dumping?


But I digress ...


Mr. Lu Shaye, Beijing's mouthpiece, was assured by Justin's unending love of China's "basic dictatorship", the rewards of catering to Chinese businessmen and now Sarah Taylor, the director-general of North Asia and Oceania at Global Affairs, whose silence - one is reminded - was akin to Stephane Dion's:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it was “irresponsible” of a journalist from the web outlet IPolitics to ask about human rights and the jailing of a Canadian, Kevin Garratt, who is charged with espionage.

Wang appeared visibly angry as he delivered the scolding in the lobby of Global Affairs headquarters at a joint news conference with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.

“Your question is full of prejudice and against China and arrogance … I don’t know where that comes from. This is totally unacceptable,” Wang said through a translator.

File:Deep Space Homer 86.JPG
"And I, for one, welcome our new Chinese communist overlords."

So, in conclusion, do not incur the ire of the Chinese communist state by opposing its globalist designs or questioning it in any way.


One should remember what happened the last time someone did that:





Jesus: still way bigger than Xi Jinping.



(谢谢 beaucoup)


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mid-Week Post

 Your central point of focus of the work-week ....




That sound one hears is the sound of desperation:

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne compared the province’s opposition leader to Donald Trump and called him a liar and bully, a day after Doug Ford suggested that some members of the Liberal government belong in jail.

(Sidebar: yes, about that ...)

Ms. Wynne, who is seeking re-election in June and faces a tough campaign against Mr. Ford, said that the Progressive Conservative leader “all but chanted, ‘Lock her up,’” on Tuesday, referencing a slogan used by Mr. Trump when he was campaigning against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

(Sidebar: this Hillary Clinton.)

“Doug Ford sounds like Donald Trump, and that’s because he is like Donald Trump. He believes in [an] ugly, vicious brand of politics that traffics in smears and lies. He’ll say anything about anyone at any time because just like Trump, it is all about him,” Ms. Wynne said on Wednesday during an announcement at a Toronto hospital.

(Sidebar: this Donald Trump.)


The thing is, Kathleen Wynne doesn't have to resort to this pathetic name-calling and fear-mongering that usually works with Canadian voters who regard anything American as wicked and heathenish, especially when she knows that bribing unions will do. 


Whether one likes him or not, Donald Trump is doing what he said he would do: lower unemployment and taxes. Since he took office, 2.21 million jobs have been added to the economy. His Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts has allowed companies to reward bonuses to workers in non-management fields.


Since Kathleen Wynne took office from the fleeing Dalton McGuinty, the economy hasn't just taken a downturn. It has foundered almost completely:

Ontario now has the fastest-growing electricity costs in Canada and among the highest in North America. And those rising costs are hitting average Ontarians in the wallet. Between 2008 and 2016, Ontario’s residential electricity costs increased by 71%, far outpacing the 34% average growth nationwide. Consequently, in 2016, Toronto residents paid $60 more per month than the average Canadian for electricity.

Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity rates also hit the province’s industrial sector. Between 2010 and 2016, large industrial users in Toronto and Ottawa experienced cost spikes of 53% and 46%, respectively, compared to a 14% average increase for the rest of Canada. In 2016, large industrial users in Toronto paid almost three times more than consumers in Montreal and Calgary and almost twice the prices paid by large consumers in Vancouver. While some select large industrial consumers received rate reductions, they still paid higher rates compared to large electricity users in Quebec, Alberta and B.C.

The result? Thanks to rising costs and diminished competiveness, compared to multiple comparable American and Canadian jurisdictions, Ontario has seen the steepest decline in its manufacturing sector over the past decade. Astonishingly, Ontario’s high electricity prices are responsible for approximately 75,000 job losses in the manufacturing sector from 2008 to 2015.

So, now that we know how things were broken, it’s time to start fixing them. So far, the Wynne government has mostly employed sleight of hand to hide electricity costs from consumers and shift costs to future generations.

And she's not done yet:

Construction workers, building security guards and cleaners under government contracts would receive a “fair” wage under legislation Ontario’s governing Liberals introduced Tuesday and hope to pass before the June provincial election.

The new legislation — called the Government Contract Wages Act — would establish minimum pay rates for workers in those sectors and require contractors and subcontractors hired by the government to abide by them.

How will Wynne tax these workers when these contracts simply dry up due to the rising costs?


So let Kathleen Wynne and her flying monkeys tell everyone about the "real Doug Ford". Even if he didn't live up to the promises of auditing Kathleen Wynne's books or not making minimum wage workers pay provincial income tax, he still wouldn't be Kathleen Wynne.


Stick to bribery, Kathleen.




Today in "the country's most 'transparent' government" news:

Federal opposition parties are raising alarm bells about a new $7-billion envelope — which they call a “slush fund” — in the main budgetary estimates that Liberals introduced to Parliament on Monday.

Worried that Liberals are giving themselves billions of dollars worth of wiggle room right before an election year, Conservatives are asking for assurances that a promise to limit funds to specific measures announced in the federal budget will be legally binding.

(Sidebar: assurances? Really? From known liars?)

**

In a long-awaited public appearance, Canada’s national security adviser claimed Monday that there was a “coordinated effort” to spread misinformation about the invitation of a convicted attempted murderer to an official event during the prime minister’s trip to India in February — an invitation that threw the trip into turmoil and that continues to make headlines in both countries. 

But Daniel Jean, who appeared before the House of Commons national security committee on Monday, insists he never said the Indian government was responsible for the misinformation, or for any kind of conspiracy.

“I went out of my way to say this isn’t the government of India,” he told the committee. Jean said either individuals or “rogue elements” within the government, who were not sanctioned by the government, gave misleading information to journalists that aimed to discredit Canadian institutions, including CSIS, the RCMP, and the Canadian High Commission in Delhi.

(Sidebar: yes, about that, Daniel -  Daniel Jean says both the RCMP and CSIS said Atwal was no longer considered a threat. (This is highly questionable). This means they knew he was going to be there and had at least assessed him as a previous threat. Even Atwal calls you out.)

**

A new poll shows Canadians taking a negative view of how Justin Trudeau is dealing with the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis.

According to Angus Reid, 46% of Canadians say Trudeau is doing a ‘poor job’ handling the issue, while just 36% say he is doing a ‘good job.’
18% say they are not sure or can’t say.
Horgan gets even lower ratings than Trudeau, with just 31% saying he is doing a ‘good job,’ while 38% say he’s doing a ‘poor job.’

This John Horgan:

The British Columbia government is denying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim that it has been mum on how Ottawa should reinforce environmental protections — and offering as proof a detailed list of six demands it says were provided to the federal government in February.

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So, after Trudeau’s meeting with Notley and Horgan, Horgan is doubling down on his opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion, and promising a seemingly endless legal battle.




On Monday, the Alberta government introduced a bill that would limit exports of oil, natural gas and gasoline to British Columbia.

The majority of gasoline used in B.C. is shipped through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline. B.C.'s government is opposing the expansion of the pipeline.

Shortly after the Alberta government made its announcement, Premier Scott Moe said his government would be following with similar legislation.

"We'll be introducing our own legislation in the next number of days not weeks but days and we'll be asking the opposition here in Saskatchewan to support that," Moe said.

Moe did not give away any specifics but said it would involve putting in export permits on energy products going to British Columbia.

"We hope it doesn't come to this, we truly don't. This is not a conversation we want to be having," Moe said.





When Saskatchewan refused to impose Trudeau’s job-killing carbon tax, Trudeau threatened to take away $62 million in ‘green infrastructure’ funding.

Yet, even as the B.C. NDP was ignoring federal law and blocking the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Justin Trudeau gave Horgan’s government $4.1 billion in infrastructure funding.

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Iqra Khalid and the Trudeau government are facing criticism after Khalid reportedly brought greetings on Justin Trudeau’s behalf to Palestine House – an organization with a controversial past.

(Sidebar: this Iqra Khalid.)


Khalid reportedly presented the head of public relations at Palestine House – Amin El-Maoued – an award on behalf of Justin Trudeau. Khalid is also facing criticism for “introducing Palestinian Archibshop Atallah Hanna at an event in Mississauga,” according to iPolitics.

The Conservatives say Atallah Hanna is a support of Syrian Dictator Bashar Al Assad. MP Rachael Harder said Khalid was sent by Trudeau to “bring greetings on his behalf at an event organized by the anti-Israel Palestine House. This event starred a Palestinian activist who supports suicide bombings and who met with President Assad of Syria in 2017,” said Harder.

(Sidebar: this Rachael Harder.)

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ProPublica was founded when a pair of wealthy billionaire donors to the Democratic Party decided they needed to fund journalism. In addition to millions from Herb and Marion Sandler, who also fund the left wing Center for American Progress, ProPublica is backed by a long list of left leaning foundations.

Among the list of donors, the Foundation to Promote Open Society, set up by none other than  George Soros.

Now this doesn’t mean Soros is going to be dictating news stories at CBC HQ but why on earth would CBC want to give it’s critics George Soros to wave around as further proof of their left wing bias? Soros has a history of funding projects in an attempt to change the political landscape in his direction.

He has funded projects to try and flip local political races to the Democrats, he has funded state races and he funds a lot of journalism, all of it in a left wing direction.

So what exactly is CBC doing with ProPublica?

They want you to help them track political ads on Facebook by installing an extension on your web browser and then reporting to them, through the extension, when you see a political ad on Facebook as opposed to a non-political ad.

Also - who cares if proles get their Internet news or not, right, Liberals? :

A cross-party parliamentary committee is unanimously calling on the federal government to take more action to address the roughly $7-billion problem of connecting rural and northern residents to high-speed internet.



Oh my God:

While the Harper government changed the rules around pardons after that 2010 report, name changes are handled by provincial governments and it seems being a predator that seeks out children for sexual assault won’t keep you from getting a new identity.

On Sunday the Toronto Sun told the story of Adam Laboucan, now known as Tara Desousa. While the Sun went with the titillating headline that read, “Youngest dangerous offender gets DD breast implants” my concern was with the name change.

Laboucan was 17 when he was arrested for a brutal sexual assault on a three-month old baby in Quesnel, B.C. The child was so badly injured reconstructive surgery was needed.

Laboucan became Canada’s youngest person ever to be named a dangerous offender and therefore is held behind bars without any firm release date. So far, Laboucan, now Desousa, has been denied parole thanks to bad behaviour behind bars including prostitution, assault, drugs and threatening to kill a female guard.

British Columbia, where Laboucan/Desousa is held, requires anyone with a criminal record to get finger prints before a name change to allow police to track.

But what about the public?

If you remember Adam Laboucan’s crimes, would you know a thing about Tara Desousa if she moved in next to you?



Moron:

A Canadian drug mule broke down in tears in an Australian court on Wednesday when she was sentenced to eight years in prison for her part in an attempt to smuggle cocaine worth $16 million into Sydney in luggage aboard a luxury cruise ship.

Melina Roberge, 24, told the New South Wales state District Court that she risked a life sentence in an Australian prison for the opportunity to take selfies “in exotic locations and post them on Instagram to receive ‘likes’ and attention” during a $17,000 vacation she couldn’t afford.



Yes, I am sure Libya will get right on to that, Canada, because who doesn't see this airport as pivotal to global peace? :

As conflict between rival governments and militias in Libya continues years after the Arab Spring, Canadian diplomats tasked with monitoring the situation are still stuck operating out of a neighbouring country. 

An inspection last year of Canada’s missions to Libya and Tunisia found problems with having both operate out of the same building, according to documents the National Post obtained under access-to-information law. And as other countries considered moving embassies back to Tripoli despite the Libya’s instability, the Canadians worried they would be left out of important conversations on regional security.



Scum:

Two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps were attacked and insulted in an apparent anti-Semitic assault in Berlin by three other men, who whipped one with a belt, Berlin police said Wednesday.



There has been a big to-do over reports that the Korean War finally will be ending.

If one believes that then perhaps I can interest one in a bridge I no longer want.


Why would Kim Jong-Un or China (which is playing nice by "freeing" defectors it once caught and which will visit its North Korean vassal state soon) relinquish this dictatorial plum?


Further:


After the speech ends, as the NIS guys are hustling Thae into a black SUV, the reporter asks him, in effect, what cards he expects the North Koreans will play at the summit. Thae starts to answer, saying that he thinks Pyongyang may well promise to denuclearize again because of the high pressure it’s under, but the NIS men prevent him from finishing his answer. At another point, Thae predicts that despite its promise to denuclearize, Pyongyang will try to stall two or three years until Trump is out of office, presumably to frustrate verification.


This doesn't sound like openness and extrapolation on the event of peninsular peace.

Why would the South Koreans hush this up?

Oh, yes - Thae's prediction that this truce is based on bullsh-- is quite embarrassing for the Moon government.


Also:

Veteran actress Choi Eun-hee died on Monday after a long life fuller of ups and downs than a Hollywood film. She was 92.

Her son, movie director Shin Jung-kyun said his mother died while undergoing dialysis. 

Choi was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province in 1926 and debuted on the silver screen when she was 21. She married movie director Shin Sang-ok (1926-2006) in 1953 and divorced him in 1976.

In 1978, Choi was abducted by North Korean agents in Hong Kong, and Shin was also abducted when he went there to find her.

The two made 17 movies in North Korea for late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who had them kidnapped because he was a movie fan.

(Kamsahamnida)





Still, there are good people in the world:

The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, will remain open for two more days before being transferred to a newly created memorial fund, the team’s officials announced Monday.

More than 130,000 individuals and businesses from Canada and other countries have donated between $20 and $50,000 to the GoFundMe campaign, called Funds for Humboldt Broncos. The campaign was started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington after the horrific bus crash earlier this month, which killed 16 players and staff. In nine days, the online campaign has raised more than $12 million.



 
(Merci beaucoup)